The North: A Poem on Northern Nigeria; from someone, through Nasir El-Rufai


A region once dominated by economic viability.=D/
A region once crowned with leadership.#:-s
A region once living under security buoyancy.
A region once controlled by selfless men and worth the name.
A region that once served as the economic nerve centre of west Africa.
Selflessness & love were its foundation.
Security & peaceful co-existence were its pillars.
Trust & honesty were its walls
Leadership & military might were its roof
And godliness was its house
Our past heroes will never forgive us
The region they built on equity, justice & accountability is on fire
We have rulers today but no single leader
Selfishness & greed is their lot
Public theft & social recognition has blinded us
We are literally responsible for our own destruction

A view of ancient Kano city 'inside the wall - 10-14th century'

Our rulers have worn a large price tag on their chests
They are easily bought.
Don’t even talk of the royal houses
We are simply on a sinking ship without a captain

The northern youths are nothing but bunch of drug addicts
The educated ones are all waiting for their turn to steal so that they can live
in mansions & drive in exclusive cars
And the common slogan is, “there’s nothing we can do”
He who stands for the truth is mocked at

Our roof is on fire with incessant bombs
Our foundation is sinking in ignorance & drug addiction
Our walls are falling apart because nobody cares
Our concern for an immediate & drastic solution is a fiasco
our neighbor’s house is on fire but I care not because I’m enjoying the luxury
of my ill-gotten mansion

Everyday someone dies as a result of justice, prepare for the day you will die
because of injustice
Talk to your parents, your uncles, your friends. Let them provide a lasting
solution for us. This insecurity will soon consume the north & like prophecies,
we will become the underdogs
The time for attitudinal change is now,if u are a true son or daughter of the
north please pass this on…please think about it.

My son Bello’s friend, Abubakar sent this to him….and thought we should share….on the north and our future as a nation….Nasir on FaceBook

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