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Thursday, 01 October 2020 10:33

DEAR LORD, PLEASE GIVE ME ONE NIGERIA OR I DIE

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DEAR LORD, PLEASE GIVE ME ONE NIGERIA OR I DIE

 

Stay together,

Grow together.

Stay apart,

Grow apart

Fall apart, die apart.

 

Oh Lord God Almighty,

Let this be my one and only cry to thee, even this season:

Give me ONE NIGERIA or I die!

 

 

 

 

E GO BETTER-O!

 

GOOD MORNING FELLOW, NIGERIANS…HAPPY

 

ANNIVERSARY,

 

AND MAY GOD BLESS OUR NIGERIA, IN SPITE OF.

 

NA ME-O, UNU BROTHER, JOHN ODEY ADUMA.

THE PEACEMAKER'S PLEDGE

BY JOHN ODEY ADUMA, PUBLISHER AND BRITISH CHEVENING SCHOLAR, UNITED KINGDOM

Nigeria will not break up...Nigeria will never, ever break up! But Nigeria will prevail!

Fellow Nigerians, hold thou it neither tight nor loosely, but handle thou it with great care.

Be ye therefore, wise as a serpent...

...And peaceful as doves!

 

I am a person of peace

I don't fight, I don't kill,

I can get angry, I can disagree with you,

But it won't go down with the sun

I am a lover of peace, I hate violence.

 

I don't kill because life is precious to God

I am peaceful; I am not violent

This life is given to me as a prize;

So I will do all to preserve it.

 

I won't spill blood,

So don't approach me to kill

Anybody for money

Because I just won't do it for any price!

 

You may not even go elsewhere

Because I'm not sure you will get someone

To kill your political opponent,

Or business partner,

Or whosoever you disagree with.

 

I will not attack anyone violently,

Life is precious to God,

I'll rather donate blood than shed blood.

 

I will not steal, kill, maim and destroy,

I'll rather love

And do all to enhance life on earth

For the upliftment of mankind

And the glory of God.

 

This is my pledge, this is my resolve,

So help me God.

 

*This message was first presented to the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the Movement for African Renaissance and Universal Brotherhood (now Movement for African Renaissance and Global Peace) in a giant  gold-plated plaque on October 14, 2002, during a courtesy call by the Author on former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the State House in Abuja.

SERIES: THE POETRY OF JOHN ODEY ADUMA

 

Inside the London Underground tube in the hot Summer of July 2006

 

How come that everyone

Has suddenly turned to a walking volcano

Flaring up at the slightest touch,

Barking at each other on the tube

Like the Alsatian bulldog

And behaving like a cat and dog?

The sky fell on Lebanon

And smashed her to shreds

And so the sky fell;

SERIES: THE POETRY OF JOHN ODEY ADUMA (FROM THE TREE BY THE RIVER)

 

As you run amok like a wounded lion

Bombarding Lebanon with your missiles

And US-made cluster bombs,

The world is asking, and posterity too is asking:

Is this disproportionate offensive

To avenge two of your soldiers

Captured by Hezbollah?

Sunday, 24 November 2019 21:43

VIOLENCE

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SERIES: THE POETRY OF JOHN ODEY ADUMA, FROM THE TREE BY THE RIVER

 

The whole humanity now knows

You are wiser than your rider

Who without provocation head-butted you

In the glare of the Klieg lights.

And the whole wide world -

Even the world now knows

That you are more cultivated, cultured and civilized

Than your rider who without caring a hoot

Threw civility and decorum to the winds.

Without doubt, he showed he, and not you, was

A helpless creature, a mere child

In the hands of ungovernable temper.

The world admires you for bearing

That unwarranted aggression with equanimity.

You showed strength, while your rider

Showed crass weakness;

You showed self-restraint, maturity and universal altruism.

And by that example you showed the world

That non-violence is the true path to global peace,

If all humanity and all creatures would ever live

Together in peace and harmony with one another.

Even Gandhi would have been proud of you were he alive.

Had Israel, Hezbollah and Hamas

Shown such unparalleled restraint,

The Middle East would not be

The field of blood that it is today.

Had the US and Britain not lapsed into

Conspiratorial etcetera in the resolution

Of the war between Israel and Hezbollah,

That senseless war would have ceased long ago.

Worthy ambassador of your family,

By not fighting back, you have said

To all belligerent human beings of

Every race and clime, “You fools!”

For always resorting to war instead of dialogue

And proved that silence is not just golden, but strength

And that old debate about who is higher,

Between man and other creatures such as you

Has finally been put to rest by your stoicism.

O’ wicked and intemperate rider, what wisdom is there to attack

A creature that said nothing and did no wrong?

What could be the reason for such purposeless malignity?

What is the reason for the existence

Of violence in human community?

What, what is the reason for wars in our world?

Where is justice when an innocent creature

Like the horse is attacked with such ferociousness?

Now, let all humanity learn from the non-violence of the horse

So, there can be harmony and peace in our world;

So, we can live here in peace as one;

So, we can live on this planet earth

As one big family imbibing the spirit of universal altruism,

Differences in creeds notwithstanding.

 

  • JOHN ODEY ADUMA

 

             August 4, 2006.

Sunday, 24 November 2019 21:34

VENICE'S SORROW

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 SERIES: THE POETRY OF JOHN ODEY ADUMA, FROM THE TREE BY THE RIVER

 

Flood, flood, flood everywhere,

And no route of escape

Nor a place to which we shall escape.

Therefore, we will remain here with the water,

We will remain here with this water

Unmoved, unbowed, uncowed, but stoical,

for this place – VENICE;

is our home

and our inheritance.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 20:08

VIOLATION OF INNOCENCE

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SERIES: THE POETRY OF JOHN ODEY ADUMA

 

“What did we do?”

This is our eternal question to insensate humanity

Which takes delight in abandoning us in the firing line

In their various wars of attrition

And making us always to suffer the brunt of their

Senseless rancour and vendetta resulting in wars of blame.

Today, the voices of children the world over ringing across

The vistas of time are asking, “What did we do?”

Man:

Do not weep for me,

But weep for yourself that are endangered

In this compact planet,

You have harried the forests

And frittered the rocks;

You have burrowed the mountains

And scattered the hills for treasures;

You have disturbed the tranquil of the deep sea

And polluted the atmosphere

And excavated the secret chambers of the ocean.

Prodigal child, you have plundered the flora

And prey on the fauna

But when will you be wise?

 

Would you rather keep faith with Kyoto

Or shed crocodile tears for me?

And do you now drag your infants to the Thames

In cold winter weeping for me?

Do you now defy the cold in hypocrisy?

Lining the walls and embarkment just to have a glimpse of me?

Would you rather save a whale

Than save the whole planet from the Armageddon?

But better that Kyoto is honoured than I’m honoured.

Ah, man!

You have so soon forgotten how many bills and policies

You have killed in parliaments and conferences

All you hypocrites, do not weep for me,

But weep for your folly.

 

O man, did you think I strayed?

I came to warn you and then die

My struggles in the Thames

Are your struggles on the planet

Though I was washed ashore,

You shall be washed inshore, sooner or later,

Artic will further melt and Katrina will come again

And the hurricanes will return in deadlier furies

The sun will give up its light

And the moon will fall and crash to the earth

And the stars will cease to sparkle

And it will all be darkness around you

And the waters will wash you inshore.

 

Where, where then are you going to run to?

Trapped, trapped are you in this enclosed space,

O man, everlasting prisoner in this hellish realm

Do you weep for me?

Don’t, but weep for yourself that are endangered

Though I struggled against the current of the Thames

You shall struggle yet more

Against many merciless tides, more severe,

Ah! Deadlier and worse than Tsunami and Katrina

Therefore, do not weep for me, but weep for your future.

 

  • JOHN ODEY ADUMA, DECEMBER 22, 2006.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE POET

John Odey Aduma was formerly Executive Secretary, Foundry Association of Nigeria; Southern Coordinator and the Public Affairs Manager of President Muhammadu Buhari's pastoralists NGO - THE PASTORAL RESOLVE; Chairman, Editorial Board of the Daily Times of Nigeria Plc; member, National Committee for the Nigerian Youth Festival, 1993; Core Committee, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF)/Ford Foundation, Kano Eastern Bypass Roadside Tree Planting Exercise, 1997; member, core Committee of the National Technology Summit and was the Summit's chairman for two of its sub-committees - Publicity and Exhibition, 1998; member of the Administrative Panel of Inquiry set up by President Olusegun Obasanjo to investigate the illegal trade in and smuggling of endangered species of wild fauna and flora into and out of Nigeria, 2003.

He was the Chairman, Planning Committee of the General Murtala Muhammed Memorial Lecture for two consecutive years, 2001 and 2002 before it attained a Foundation status in 2002, having first been upgraded to that status in 2001.

General Murtala Muhammed was one of Nigeria's former Heads of State and was killed in the abortive coup led by the then Colonel Buka Suka Dimka on February 13, 1976.

That same capacity saw Mr Aduma delivering huge successes during the Daily Times of Nigeria's 75th Anniversary (in which he raked in N6, 000, 000 into the coffers of the Daily Times of Nigeria Plc) and also, playing a similar role in a similar capacity during Dr Isma'il Babatunde Jose's 75th Birth Day. Dr Jose, doyen of Nigerian journalism was Mr Aduma's personal mentor. That relationship was so close and solid such that whilst Aduma was leaving the shores of Nigeria for Britain in 2003, Dr Jose gave him N10, 000.00.

In 1992, Mr Aduma's contributions to journalism was recognised with the awards of the Nigeria Media Merit Award as the Investigative Reporter of the Year and the Diamond Awards for Media Excellence as the Reporter of the Year, and the British Chevening Scholarship, which saw him studying International Journalism with Specialism in Environment at City, University of London in 2003-2004.

Aduma is the author of the inspirational best-seller, THE DIAMONDS ARE HERE and the founder of Vigilance, the World's Leading Security Magazine and Scorpion News Corp, in addition to founding the Nationalists Unity Movement of Nigeria (NUMON).

Mr Aduma, currently at the SOAS’s School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Centre for Cultural, Literary and Post-Colonial Studies, University of London, is also, involved in professional mentoring at Post Graduate level in the City, University of London’s Post Graduate Professional Mentoring strand.

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