I woke up this morning, and wanted to pretend that all was well with Nigeria and say Happy Independence Day. I wanted to shut my eyes, but the dirt in our polity kept them open.
I wanted to shut my eyes to the epileptic power supply in the country, but the fact that we had no light in our hostel room this morning kept my eyes open.
I wanted to shut my eyes to the depth of decay in our educational infrastructure, but seeing my pitiable classroom as I passed by this morning kept my eyes open.
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I wanted to shut my eyes to the close-to-hell transportation in the country, but the rickety shuttle bus I boarded to Ring Road kept my eyes open.
I wanted to shut my eyes to the never-ending bad roads in the country, but the almost-flooded road I passed through this morning kept my eyes open.
I wanted to shut my eyes to the abject poverty ringing across the country, but the sight of old woman begging for money this cold morning kept my eyes open.
And with my open eyes, I WISH Nigeria a Happy Birthday!
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