OUR MOTHERLAND

You have been battered, used and abused…
You have been bruised and crushed…
You have have been scorned and laughed upon…
Still, you remain *our motherland*.

You have suffered humiliation and persecution…
You have gone through thick and thin…
You have been disgraced and dishonored…
Still, you remain *our motherland*.

The bloods of our patriots, compatriots and loyalists cry out day and night…
Innocent bloods shed on the alters of greed, religion and ethnicity…
Wickedness and selfishness take the order of the day…
Still, you remain *our motherland*.

The burdens you carry are so weighty that you feel like letting go…
You have tried but no one seem to notice or care…
The world and even your own people might have given up on you…
Still, you remain *our motherland*.

In division we shall unite…
In disagreement we shall agree…
In lack we shall give…
In despair we shall be encouraged…
Through toil and turmoil we shall persevere…
We shall neither up nor give in…
For you are *our motherland*

We might be beaten but we are not broken…
We might be stabbed but we shall not die…
We might be separated but we shall not disintegrate…
We might be turned against each other but we shall not fight…
For through and through…
You still remain *our motherland*.

Happy Independence Nigeria.