By Emmanuel Eze
With smiles they left home that morning
With the hope of coming back to their families
They never knew that day was going to be their last
Like flowers they were plucked off in their prime.
Wasted by those who should protect them
They had their lives terminated like common criminals
Their only crime; demanding a better nation
For this they were brutally led to their Early graves.
A better nation they sought
For a better treatment they hoped
They had a dream of justice, peace and unity
Unfortunately, now they would never get to live their dreams.
Those dreams of a beautiful future now lie in ruins
Buried six feets under with the carriers
Their families are now in deep mourning
Even while hoping to find it just a nightmare in the morning.
Unfortunately, this is reality
The young ones are gone with their abilities
They all died with untapped potentials and;
a mountain of unfulfilled dreams.
They paid the ultimate price
Laid down their lives for the nation
Hopefully, their blood cleanses the nation
From corruption, nepotism, terrorism, et al.
Dear heavenly angels, gladly welcome our heroes
Who fought a brave and worthy fight
In trying to effect a change long overdue
They paid the ultimate sacrifice for the nation.
A nation failed them; over and over again
Unfortunately, they had their lights put out early
They however blazed a trail worth following
Sadly, their “Dusk came at Dawn”.
In memory of the victims of Lekki massacre on 20/10/2020
Copyright© 2021 by Emmanuel Eze