Running From A Dead Man (General Sani Abacha)

Running From A Dead Man (General Sani Abacha)

A Poem by Tomi

I remember running

From a dead man


From the guilt of rejoicing

Rejoicing that he died

The riot sent us home from school

We ran through the bushes

6 years old I was, six!

Dear Mr Abacha, If you had a soul

I hardly believe she’s resting

I hope so, or not, I don’t know

Who am I to judge?

© 2013 Tomi

Author's Note

The late General Sani Abacha was arguably Nigeria's worst Dictator. When he died, the whole country went berserk. I've never seen so many people so happy that a man had died.The school i went to was in a military barracks(Abacha was a Military Head of State) so a riot broke out and there were no buses to take us home. Those of us who lived off the baracks had to trek a long distance, then we started running when we heard chants from a matching army. i remebered this experience recently so her you go....

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A very interesting story. The death of a powerful leader would send a country into craziness. It must have been a wild day. Thank you for sharing the story. A excellent story.

Posted 10 Years Ago

I know very little about African politics, but I`m sure you are right about him. But don`t forget you have some great politicians too, like Nelson Mandala or Nkrumah or Kofi Annan.And we have some real stinkers here too, especially some nutters in Eastern Europe.
A very good poem that I like.

Posted 10 Years Ago

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