GOD, GIVE US MEN! By Josiah Gilbert and @Tjpoet

God, give us men! A time like this demand

Give us men of strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;

Men whom the lust of oil does not thrill;

Men who believes not in the politics of do-or-die

Men who possess opinions and a will;

Men who will neither torture their opposition nor kill;

Men who are Angels of truth and enemies of lies.

Lord, give us men!

Men that are pure in heart and sound in brain;

Men whose words shift mountain and even break the slavery chain;

Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy

Men who walk through the corridors of light and transparency

Men who can stand before a demagogue

And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking;

Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog

In public duty and in private thinking;

Give us men! Who will neither derail nor slumber in seeking justice and serving the country;

Men whose strength is dedicated in fighting for the comfort of the masses;

Such men we seek oh lord…

…to rescue this Ark (country) from sinking!

About the author


Lanre Olagunju is an hydrologist turned freelance journalist. He has a degree in hydrology from the University of Agriculture Abeokuta and a professional diploma in journalism from the American College of Journalism. Lanre advocates on several international platforms for the prosperity and absolute well-being of the African continent. He's @Lanre_Olagunju on Twitter

  • Clement Udegbe

    aThis is a good prayer indeed for Nigeria at this point where lack of contentment has created a societyenmeshed in all sorts of oppression; economic,political, moral-religious,and spiritual Opression.Only God will bring the type of men and women that will make God’s will for this nation a reality.We live with cultists, we see and know them, but we won’t report, if you report, betrayal will follow.Only devine intervention will see us through.