Why sit at home?

They made me sit at home
when I have assignments to do outside
They made me sit at home
when I have things to sell outside.
I was told to sit at home
while churches and other places of worship remained closed
The schools are closed down
no definite day of reopening was given.
My children, seven of them, filled up in the house
eating five times a day non-stop
Nothing is coming in; no alert
Salaries are yet unpaid.
Those that do the menial job cannot go out
without being harassed by the military and security
Protests and killings in so many cities and towns
"Observe the sit at home", they say.
The men are tired of sitting in a place
Women are tired of nagging asking for money
Those in authority promised to help alleviate the suffering
Big men donated from what they stole from us.
But the powers that be said that we should not eat
They left two cups of rice, two onions
and a sachet of Indomie in front of our doors
This is their way of giving to the masses what they stole from us.
They shared some money to their people but left some out
To them, the excluded people are not worthy to exist
We are aware of what is happening around us
We will remain calm and hopeful in God's patronage.
Prisca Onyinye Nwokorie is a  Roman Catholic Nun. She belongs to the religious order of “Oblates of St. Benedict Joseph Labre” in Italy. She is a graduate of the University of Bari where she obtained her Bachelor's and Masters' degrees in “Information and Communication Technologies for the Production of Software” and “Computer Science” respectively. Currently, she is carrying out research work on “E-learning for Developing Countries”.

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