#ATIKULATE: AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME (POEM AND COMMENTARY)

Some thoughts inspired by the latest event giving hope to many in Nigeria: the emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the presidential candidate of the foremost opposition party in the country, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

#ATIKULATE (POEM)

I bin think say dis Atiku thing go take time to percolate
Buh d kain discussion e don dey stimulate
From city to grassroots e don dey penetrate
E be like say all man don get liver to agitate

Na im make me I come dey contemplate
Our differences wey politicians like to manipulate
This unifying figure fit make dem dissipate
And this collapsing country properly federate

I no wan shout, I no wan begin to jubilate
I go just dey pray, dey do my part to educate
Make we join hands yeye arguments to invalidate
As e reach to choose, Naija go really #Atikulate

Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2018

Atiku, whose political career has spanned over four decades, served as Vice President under retired general, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, from 1999 to 2007. He has contested in five presidential primaries and like an idea whose time has come, his victory at the keenly contested one organised by the PDP last weekend is being seen by some as an act of God.

This is because it seemed unlikely that the PDP could organise harmonious primaries, having been plagued by problems of internal democracy in the past. These problems resulted in the exodus from its ranks of many influential members which helped to give the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) victory in the 2015 presidential elections. Attempts to produce a consensus candidate from its 13, and later 12, presidential aspirants repeatedly failed.

Disagreements over the venue for the national convention itself (where the primaries were to be held) led to litigation but at the last minute, the party yielded to pressure from the Rivers State governor, Barrister Nyesom Wike, to host the event in his state capital, Port Harcourt.

The convention turned out to be hitch-free and was generally adjudged to be open and transparent. Atiku beat the other aspirants by a wide margin to give Nigerians opposed to the incumbent administration hope that next year’s presidential elections will be a more even contest with President Muhammadu Buhari, because it is believed that Atiku is the only one among those that joined the race who has the pedigree and capability to match and possibly unseat him.


Atiku (middle) seeking support in Lagos

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I pray that Atiku remains humble and focused in the face of the massive excitement his candidature has ignited, that he runs an exhaustive and issue-based campaign, and that when he does assume office as we hope, he will be fully accountable (bearing in mind his opponents’ constant accusations of corruption against him). Since he has a cosmopolitan outlook and is a successful businessman, I hope that he will have an excellent economic blueprint and will assemble a world class team to do the job of pulling Nigeria from the brink and reversing the enormous econmic losses of the past few years that resulted from crass ignorance, incompetence, nepotism and religious bigotry.

Above all, I pray that he remains committed to and actualises his major manifesto over the years, which is to make Nigeria a true federation where the component states have greater control over their own resources and compete with each other in developmental strides, rather than waiting for allocations from an unduly powerful central government. This is widely acknowledged to be the right way to make Nigeria work and have a vibrant economy but successive governments have lacked the political will to execute it.

By God’s grace, I will occasionally give my own commentary as events unfold in the run-up to the general elections next year. I pray that God will halt Nigeria’s slide into chaos, destitution and disintegration through the forthcoming elections in Jesus’ name.

You can read my other political poems in this blog under the Poems Category.

I would love to hear your views on the issues raised in the poem. Are you as optimistic as I am? Do you feel the excitement or do you have a different take on the situation? Do let me know and share this post widely, if you will.

You are richly blessed in Jesus’ name.

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130 thoughts on “#ATIKULATE: AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME (POEM AND COMMENTARY)

  1. I love this, madam. You see it differently like some of us, the love and hope for Nigeria. Pidgin is also such a beautiful identity.

    • Glad to hear from you, Francis. Let us believe God for restoration and the ability to surpass our previous heights as a nation.

  2. Thank you ma, you got it right. If God contnues to be with Nigeria, Atiku seems to be the solution by His grace and all hands should be on deck in prayer to actualise this dream.

  3. I can’t explain how, but I’m optimistic too though it never occurred to me he would win.
    Nice poem, Ma. Didn’t know your pidgin would be so nice!!

    • You’re right, I too was concerned about his winning the candidacy. Let’s pray that God completes what he has started come 2019.

  4. I also pray that Nigeria will experience a positive turn around in all sectors of the economy under Atiku and Obi’s regime
    If they finally win the upcoming election.

    I still dream of a better Nigeria!

  5. Hmm, nice one ma, one thing I know is that Nigeria will get better one day by God’s grace. If only Nigerians will be wise this time to choose the right candidate… Nevertheless God is in control, He rules in the kingdom of men and spirits. #nigeriaisinGod’shand#

  6. Ma, indeed you are an all-rounder. You really killed it with the pidgin.
    In my own opinion, ma, l think we should look outside the box ’cause since I became conscious of Nigerian politics, I found out that we are being ruled by the same set of people. I think we should look at other aspirants and scrutinize their capabilities. Thank you.

    • Am optimistic that things will soon turn around for good. Nobody can thwart what God has ordained. Let’s keep on praying for God to take charge. Am hopeful that we shall Articulate at the end. Very soon there be no more Bad luck for Nigeria, no more bad luck to our economy, no more Flanization and Islamization of our dear country ,when we go begin de Atikulate.

  7. This poem is superb! Ma, you really showcased you poetic acumen in this piece. The rhyming of the poem boosted my optimism and my hope for this country, Nigeria; because I am sure it symbolizes that every thing in this country as from next regime, through Jesus Christ who strengthens us, must surely rhyme for the good of this GREAT NATION. More power to your elbow!

  8. Am trusting God that a better Nigeria and a better government will emerge from Atiku as he continues to be humble even after election.

  9. Seriously I don’t like that Atiku man, but if he is the best man to make Nigeria better again, then he can count on my vote.

  10. I like that this poem was in pidgin.Tried my best reading it too.. Lol. I usually get this mixed feelings about Atiku. The same hype most Nigerians are having about him can be likened to that we had about Buhari. All i pray for is the best and if he will give is that. So be it.

  11. Lol…I’m seriously laughing right now because the poem is written in pidgin English and interesting to read too!
    God knows the best for Nigeria we need changes in Nigeria God help us Amen✌

  12. I really wished he was given a chance to rule Nigeria, it’s a shame the country won’t be articulated anytime soon.

  13. The use of pidgin English helps everyone to relate to the poem ,it’s interesting and educating

  14. I choose atiku over buhari not because his the best but because power really needs to change hand.
    And to think that Peter obi(an Igbo blood) is to be the vice made me atikulate the more.

  15. We need people who have visons for this country not those more interested in cattle rearing than in the lives of the masses

  16. Most Nigerians were really optimistic about Nigeria being #atikulated, but things didn’t turn out the way we wanted… All the same we will strive through

    • Despite the fact that the mandate of Alhaji Atiku freely given by the Nigerian masses was stolen and the whole process to recovery as a nation truncated, I still believe AA as he is known would have made a swell President for this country. While we wait the verdict of the tribunal, we still calm ourselves with words of hope from the man himself… Atiku is Coming!
      Nice poem, I hope it inspires millions of Nigerians in years to come. Cheers!

  17. Nigerians were very eager to articulate. The term articulation was everywhere as opposed to buharism. However, things didn’t work out as we thought. We can only hope and pray.

  18. Nigeria for don atikulate if to say na free and fair election wey dis our government dem conduct o. Chai. Wetin man go do. We had high hopes for Atiku as our president but the incumbent government refused to fight fair. Not to worry though, time flies and Buhari will not remain on that seat for long. Very soon he will no longer have the power to keep on crippling our economy with his utter incompetence and the high mortality rate will be reduced. We still have a God that never slumbers. A fine poem aunty

  19. Wow!wow!wow!
    I can’t believe say u sabi speak pidge ?
    And the rythem are so beautiful.
    The fact that Atiku didn’t win the election is not making me loose hope. I believe that the next election will be free n fair.

  20. So you sabi street language? Lovely. This poem is bae the use of language is captivating. Atiku – Atikulate. We all saw how things turned out. Too bad people that should defend us, manipulate us.

  21. Am in love with this ma. Am fully aticulated before and even now… I believe in a better Nigeria as much as I don’t believe in the result of the concluded election. If Justice would prevail, I believe Atiku will win in court. God bless Nigeria.

  22. This is amazing. The use of pidgin brings the point home. After all efforts to Atikulate, our opinions was once again discarded. I pray for a better Nigeria.

  23. This poem just reminded me of how serious, committed and Atikulated I was few months (how time flies though), to the extent of leading about 19 people to electoral ward so as to make sure they got their PVCs and consequently, vote for a pATIKULA person. Unfortunately, Nigerian usual manipulation of elections has denied us the joy we wholly planted and rightfully needed to harvest. But I sha believe that “Naija will rise again.”

  24. I love this poem. This is what I have been praying for. I wish our dreams will come through. All I know is that God will give us a good leader, that is my prayer.

  25. This is what everyone in this country has been praying for. My prayer for this country is that God should give us a good leader.

  26. My prayer is wif the installation of obi and atiku to power will be a source of blessing and a new picture altogether to this country

  27. I still remain optimistic and believing God that Nigeria will grow from strength to strength with a good government

  28. What we lack is good leadership. Atiku I’d s man of great intellect and great leadership skills. I believe in him. I AM ATIKULATED!

  29. My prayers is that the will of God should preside in our country. That is the only solution that can cure Nigeria of her ills and get her to the place she is supposed to be.

  30. Ahh! So you sabi chop pigin, I shock o
    In as much as our hopes where crushed unfairly. We are hopeful of Nigeria and know that God is in control.
    Nice, exciting post ma.

  31. I didn’t know when my head started moving and my feet followed suit, your pidgin is as interesting to listen to as the original warri pidgin English oooo, anyways we have prayed to God and he is telling us to hold on and wait as our transaction is processing surely his will will be done, thank you ma.

  32. It is never over ma. I admire your vision for a better Nigeria. Atiku is obviously a better man for the job. ?? And such fluent pidgin English ? na God hand we dey oo ??

  33. I can imagine you as a pidgin reporter or editor, my mind is still trying to think of such scenario. But nice one ma’am.

  34. I still think Atiku could have been the best president Nigria has had in a very long time. It was a pity he didn’t win

  35. Atiku and Buhari they are all agitating for their selfish gain, why is so hard for an igbos to contest an election in this country? . why must it be the Hausa or Yoruba? we need to tell our self the truth igbos have no say in this country. Good luck Jonathan who was once the president of this country could not elaspe his tenure before he was been threatened by the current president to resign or blood will flow.

  36. Nice one Ma,smiles…ma I never knew that you could speak pegin….it’s quite unfortunate that atiku was unable to win the presidential election

  37. Though all our expectations has been lost due to the act of Atiku Abubakar loosing the election, well one my ardent believe is that the lord has reasons for allowing some things to happen and he never allow his people into the ocean of shame and utmost destruction, I strongly believe in that. That’s a nice piece!

  38. It was really heartbreaking when Atiku didn’t win the election. Well God knows best and he will see us through

  39. Ma, your pidgin bursted my head I must say. Nice rhymes. Well, I wasn’t supporting anyone this past election. All I was praying for is that God Almighty will give us a good leader for the next four years.

  40. Ma, can’t believe your are versatile like this.
    Meanwhile the rhymes are touching.
    But Atiku broke our hearts by allowing the opposition still his mandate.
    I believe Atiku is coming.
    Nigeria will be better

  41. Make I talk my own
    People think say as inec don declare Buhari winner, match don end, but I go keep dey yarn am the same way the starks of game of throne been talk say winter is coming, Atiku is coming, the tribunal matter never end.
    E no go end, till e don end.

    #Atikulated?

  42. Everyone actually expected to get atikulated but the present corrupt practising administration totally dashed Nigeria’s hopes. Besides that, great writeup, ma!

  43. I never thought it was possible to write in pidgin this well, coming from you ma’am makes it even more exciting. I was totally in support of atiku being in the corridor of power but God knows best. I hope He sees us through this four years.

  44. Lol.. Nice pidgin rhymes
    But after the whole agitation Buhari is still president, Nigeria is a country you can never predict.

  45. Lolzzz..I remember when you read this to me in your office..I must confess Aunty Edith speaking pidgin English was something I never saw coming!

    I’ll try it out someday . Writing in pidgin…I totally love the piece

  46. Nice one ma. It would be a delight to converse in pijin with you because it will really crack one up ?? we all prayed for Atiku’s win and we are also aware of what happened but we will never give up on Nigeria because God knows our many troubles and he will come to our aid in his time. Bless you.

  47. Wow, this poem is really fantastic. I love the way the rhymes was flowing, it added more flavour to the poem. This is the first time I am reading a poem written pidgin and it sounds so good.. Mma thank you so much for giving me the chance to see this new wonder. I must confess this poem was a best of its kind..

  48. This is an interesting poem ma with the way u let it rhyme and it flow together. Yes so, we should play our part and leave the gossips to the idle ones.

  49. We need to forget the past and think of the future and what the next government bring. And also be ready for it because this time alround eh fit worse but we go survive.

  50. How i wish that this poem was actually happened in the actually what happened in the election, we would have been jubilating by now because of the atikulation but look at the situation we are in but surely surely naija go rise again.

  51. You really killed it ma. Honestly, I like the rhyme and the way the poem flows simultaneously. Its too bad Atiku was not given the chance to articulate this county.

  52. Hahaha, who would believe your this good at pidgin? But that was really really awesome. The rhyme is great. And also i believe that even if Atiku lost, the future is still bright for Nigeria.

  53. I feel bad that Atiku’s vision for Nigeria couldn’t be accomplished. But I know that if he is the person God wants to use to reborn this country, no matter how long it takes, it must come to pass.

  54. Of no doubt Nigeria needs help.we really need to Aticulate and give Atiku the chance to give us the true change we need.

  55. Of no doubt Nigeria needs help. We needed to #Atikulate and vote for Atiku.though they have manoeuvered it again but God will surly save us.

  56. Wow!!, this is amazing
    This poem is really interesting though our expectations was cut short because Atiku lost it
    #Nice one ma.

  57. A pity he didn’t get to the presidential position. Well, like you said in the poem, we just have to keep praying to better our country especially under this administration.

  58. Well we have to be strong and also play our part for a better Nigeria. Pray for the country against anarchy and distress.

  59. Wonderful piece ma I enjoyed it . only if we’re atikulating maybe Nigeria would be better now.

  60. ? This poem shows that everything in Nigeria is “late” and that’s why we need to “ATIKULATE”. Nice and beautiful poem ma’am. God bless you.

  61. All we can do is watch and pray.the lord shall choose a man after his own heart,all we need to do it watch and pray.

  62. In God we trust.when God has said a thing no man can deter or stop it.let Nebuchadnezzar testify and the three adviser who plotted against Daniel. the lord is supreme and sovereign.

  63. Naija will grow stronger and stand tall. for our lord is able to save we the masses and the entire nation at large nice one ma.

  64. Our omni potent God will raise nigeria back to its giant stride.The lord will work out his wonders to ensure peace, security and safety so that we all would not be harmed but become great.

  65. God will articulate his plans for Nigeria in his time. This is a wake up call for all Nigerian to stand up and watch as God will change the status.

  66. God plan are best for the country. he will see his people through in due time.all we must do is hope and pray diligently to change the affairs of the state.

  67. Atikulation on point.the lord will reconnect us in due season.for the enemies shall be subdued many times.they shall not come near our dwelling. Nigeria must stand tall with force.

  68. “The heart of a king is in the hands of God and he turns it wherever he wish”…God knows the best. Nigerians needs to wake up and call upon the lords name in this country. I believe everything is working together for our good.

  69. The poem is written in Nigeria’s broken English. The Focus of the poem is on Politics and expectation of the people from a leader. The writer emphasis on hope and prayer for a better leadership.

  70. Aunty sometimes I think why didn’t Atiku win .but then I remembered that Nigerian politics is just like a script Atiku would have been the best choice for Nigeria .This is indeed a nice poem and what made it nicer was that is was , constructed in pidigin English .

  71. Smiles, What a good use of the pigdin english. I love the rhymes in the poem it’s very sharp. Nice one Ma.

  72. This poem really got me laughing and smiling… It is all going to be alright with us in this country!!

    But Ma, I never know say you fit Yan pigin english ooo!! I bin tink say you na oyibo only ..???

  73. I love everything about this poem and the pictures of reality you tried creating with it.
    But what annoys me most here is that after our anticipation and atikulations to be atikulated, finally the unthinkable happened. We became buhariated instead of atikulated… What a crookered nation.. Where corrupt practitioners are fighting corruption, mbok!

    A nation where the truth about everything and anything can never be ascertained, is that one a nation?

    A nation where the corrupt politicians are ceasing and accusing, killing and destroying lives and properties of the poor masses in the name of ‘fight against corruption, is that one a nation?

    Where animal rights are preferred to human rights, is that one a nation? ? ?

    Finally, ma’am, I can’t finalize without commending your pidgin power… U blow wella…mbok!

  74. Well, as at last year I thought Atiku would be the president but with the way things regarding the election went I not only feel sad, but pray to God to see us through in this country, as far as I’m concerned, Atiku is right for presidency

  75. Well, what can I say? Except for us to hope for the best in this country. Pray to God for our leaders and for change too. It is quite unfortunate that corruption will not allow the Truth to stand for what it is and save us from the mess in this country. Well, Buhari has won the elections again but all hope is not lost.

  76. Wonderful!
    Assuming Atiku was given a chance, this country for don be articulated cause he really had plans for Naija..
    But as it is now, we would just keep surviving and praying for a better country.

  77. So sad he didn’t win the election..u needed to see how PMB was celebrated in the north. I just hope he has better plans than his last tenor.
    Atiku was really a better choice for this country. And by the way…this your pidgin English make sense o with the rymes and all?? …more grease ma!

  78. Honestly Aunty, I love this poem; especially the language. It’s actually bad that the election did not turn out in favour of Atiku, but we’re not giving up on Nigeria. We’ll continue praying that God Will never forsake this country. We’ll continue to pray that, one day, Nigeria will be a better place.

  79. Although we didnt get”articulated”, let us just have faith that Buhari occupying that seat is being placed there by Gods power.And pray that he moves Nigeria to greater heights

  80. Waw MA! I never knew that you can speak Pepin, Still loosing the election was heartbreaking but God knows the best

  81. Wow, that’s a wonderful poem Ma, I really appreciate the presentation of the poem in pidgin language.
    The basic problem in Nigeria has been and would always be the mode of selection of our leaders. For a popular candidate to emerge at the polls has been one left to the intervention of God.
    The candidate who ends up winning an election in Nigeria is that who has all the paraphernalia of election conduct under his control. So, for Atiku to have won this election against Buhari was one that was impossible. Except God intervened through the instrumentality of the Nigerian Judiciary.
    Nigeria needs a revolution and I suggest a peaceful one can do.

  82. This poem got me laughing for so long a time. A really captivating poem, the flow is wonderful and the rhythm is ‘wow’. But MA your pigin shaa make mad sense.Never new this part of you.

  83. Atiku might have not have been the best option but at least, would have made a difference from all the crisis we had been experiencing and are still experiencing. God knows best though, we just have to keep hoping, praying, and doing our own little part.

  84. wow…. ma, if I was told by someone that you can do this pigin stuff I won’t believe it. Atiku is really what this present government need to move out of the present president flaws. I really know that some day we will be articulated. nice work ma, more grace.

  85. I really enjoyed the poem it’s flow and words of thought. Though the election was not in his favour but God knows best. Nigeria will definitely be better some day

  86. Very nice poem I must say ma, Especially the rhymes. Atiku really arikulated many Nigerians by giving them hope that things will get better, but its quite unfortunate things didn’t turn out as we expected.

  87. Really nice poem ma. I really thought Atiku was going to win the election but at least he was given a chance to contest. He really gave most Nigerian’s hope and he would have articulated our country if he had won the election.

  88. The Lord will at an appointed time surprise Nigerians.his thought are ever geared towards the betterment of this country.atiku candidature is something we all have hope and in his appointed time no cankerworm or force can oppose his reign. Nigeria as a whole is in God’s hands.

  89. Even though this comment is coming late. I believe God is using Buhari to punish Nigeria because her sins and wicked ways. You can’t tell me that the All Knowing God didn’t know that Atiku won’t win the election. Atiku could have been a nice option for Nigeria but it seems our suffering is not enough. He who loves can still punish the loved. Ask children of Israel in the bible; their history will tell you more from the bible. Let thy will be done in Nigeria oh lord.

  90. Chai, we all ATIKULATED ohhhh, but finally finally Nigeria was buharized, it is well sha, God has a purpose for everything. By the way, nice pidgin ryhmes ma.

  91. An appointed time indeed where God would surprise his people with an arikulated and revolutionalized form of government. I pray that we will jubilate as we all artikulate God plans for all Nigerians.he shall surely liberate us from all tyranny. It will surely end in praise.

  92. Nigerian government according to my mentor is full trailer load of old politician with archaic and obsolete mindset,which has dent our image as country. Pray for God’s intervention in this nation,Amen.

  93. Nice placement and combination of rhyming words.Nigeria and its political situation is in the hand of our crestor.he shall liberate us from oppressors and looters as leaders.we should keep our hands crossed and believe in a transformed Nigeria.

  94. God will deliver ? us from every bondage of corruption by our leaders.i love run on lines of each lines in each stanza. Nice and captivating.

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