“She is one of our own!  She must not be made to pay!”  Shouted the Aku people.     “She is being victimized,  Just because she is a woman!”  “Hollered the womenfolk.     That she actually stole  They do not deny  That the stolen money  Could have bettered the lot  Of many emaciated co-owners  They would not address

So, steal our money  Loot our treasury  As long as you remain in the fold     If you remain one of us,  You are not a thief  But a chief

You become a thief  Only when you decamp  And disown us  This then is the unvoiced language  Of our home-grown political brigands,  Who claim to be governing  By way of demo-crazy

Poet: Samson Olusola Olatunji