Because I Am Nigeria

You pet me with stones
You paint me with rotten eggs
You curse my name
You have forgotten so soon
Nigeria
That mother that wrapped you with piece of her warmth
When you were devoured by Uncle Sam

You maim me
You lacerate my body
You rent my cloth in public
Showing my manhood to your children
You have forgeten so soon
Nigeria
We became enemies to allies
Because we fed you freely with our benevolent breast

We give you our suns to make your days with their sweat
And the stars made your night with their tears
You chase us
You hunt us
You kill us
You Lynch us
You have forgotten so soon
Nigeria
That hid you in her tent
When apertide swept you with its horrendous tide

Is it because I am Nigeria
Who gave favours without favours
Is it because I am Nigeria
Who clothed you with my self naked
Is it because I am Nigeria
Who inflated with with glory by deflating myself

I am Nigeria
That is why you can shed my blood
Thinking I will never shed yours
That is why you burn down by grains
Because you know I will shield your farms
You defile and abuse my wives
Because you know I will protect and respect your daughters

Because I am Nigeria
Make me your punching bag
Learn how to bite with my body
Foolish dog
Learn how to sting with my skin
Oh foolish serpent
Sour my Melody of cordiality with your senseless sense of pride
Hungry fools

I am nations
My voice they lend
On my spine they saddle
On my shoulder they mount
To see their future
Because I am Nigeria

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