Olodumare laughed when the Nigerian contingents
Stood up to present their case
before the throne of the Most High.
Olodumare said, “Active and passive
to effect the law of balance.
In the beginning
I created the most talented people
In a landscape mischievously named Nigeria.
I bequeathed this land
with the greatest treasures
of rivers, gold, oil, arable valleys and marvelous mountains
To balance out this bargain
I imposed on these talents
the worst rulers humankind ever has witnessed.
What do you want?”
Olodumare asked the Nigerian contingents,
“Great talents and wonderful lands,
or awful talents and good rulers?
Both you cannot have at the same time
because humans must have their flaws.
For every sunshine you have rainstorms
for every day, you have a night
to enjoy joy, you require sadness
Choose ye these days
what you want for your land
good leaders or gifted followers?”
The Nigerian contingents argued among themselves
And made up their minds:
“We will keep our great gifts with our rotten rulers”
Olodumare raised the gavel high
and slammed it on the judgment table
as the heavens and the earth shook with tremor
Olodumare admonished these Nigerians, saying
“Verily, verily I say unto you
carry your cross with courage and make charming children.”
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