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Spurious Development

By Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2015
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Ultra-modern stadia, high-rise hotels
Dual carriageways, exquisite official residences
The substance of many a governor's legacy
Are the insignia of spurious development
Concentrated in cities, servicing the rich
Eliciting accolades while creating avenues for graft

But unmindful of the grassroots, failing to alleviate poverty

Decaying in time, to leave us where we were
Call it motion without movement, call it assembling costume jewelry

Where the masses are not the focus
Where education, health, wealth creation are not prioritized

What is dubbed development is mere song and dance
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2015