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Hands tied our blood is shed

07 July 2014, 14:00 Peregrino Brimah

The barbarians come in the thick of the night

And dare ever so brazen even in broad day light

They plunder

They slaughter

Exterminate our laughter

Finally taking leave with our precious daughter

Hands tied our blood is shed

At the Boko Haram Altar we are bled

For hands tied our blood is shed

We shall not be armed, the drunken dictator said

To defend ourselves, he will not allow

Though our guns are given to Tompolo and Shekau

Mercenaries armed by Nero lay us to waste

Off our farmlands we are displaced

What a treacherous state!

Hands tied we await our fate

Our blood shared on our leaders’ plates

As the government tanks driven by the bandits devastates

Hands tied we are inundated

Stand down, the order to the army… allow them be castrated

Let all their sons be conscripted

And their daughters, all violated

Today the devil be venerated


*Dedicated to all the victims of Chibok, Gamboru-Ngala, Mai Malari, Gwoza, and all other towns and villages. Dedicated to the abducted girls. Dedicated to all the farmers and traders of the north, defenseless and undefended. Dedicated to the victims of Abuja bombings that our half a billion dollars CCTV failed to protect. Dedicated to us.

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