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In Memory of The Aluu4, Listen to M.I – Ashes




M.I pours out his heart on this new track, “Ashes” – a dedication to the young men who lost their lives to mob justice in Aluu earlier in October.

“4 young men died at the hands of a lynch mob on the 5th of October 2012. Whether or not their deaths will mean anything, or fade out of our minds as just another meaningless tragedy, is up to us and what we do from here on.

I hope this song captures that message. Nothing would be worse than for a death to mean nothing.


MI Abaga

Sign and support a petition for an #aluu4 Mob Justice Prohibition Bill #neveragainNG

Play M.I – Ashes


We were down a sandy beach,
All night talking to your mouth’s words.
Tell me where you would like to be.
Tonight don’t be afraid to dream.
Lean on the fire for a while.
Cause in the morning it’ll all just be ashes on the ground

Instead it be them, let it be me.
Since I will die inevitably,
Then let it be, that it be said
When I am dead: some other was free, some other was fed
Some other, not me, was able to see
That long as we live inside a country where no one is safe,
No one is safe.
We only evade, try to escape
The imminent doom
But closer the date looms.
It comes for all.
If we must go, then at least,
When we fall…

When we’re all ashes…
If I am slain, let them forever remember the name
Some other should gain.

When we’re all ashes…
Because of my pain. Because of my tears because of my scars
Some other should gain.

When we’re all ashes…
The reason I’m gone. Let it be told, let it be known, and turned into song

When we’re all ashes…
If I die alone. Let it be more than dying alone, the reason I’m gone.
The reason I’m gone.

Instead it be sleep.
Let it be hate, let it degrade.
Let it be deep.
Some other should weep
Some other should keep
The memory of
The way that I died
Maybe a change, some other can try

At least we can lie. At least we can hope
At least we can say
tomorrow is better, it wont be today
Some other can pray
Some other can fight
The wrong done to me some other can right.
Then maybe my death can save some other life
For then I would gladly give another life

When we’re all ashes…
Let it be worth
Let it be so some other can live. Let it be birth.

When we’re all ashes…
As I am hurt
As I pass, let it be last, let it be first

When we’re all ashes…
Don’t let them forget
The only regret is that we relent. We all should repent..

When we’re all ashes…
If I die alone,
Let it be more than dying alone. The reason I’m gone
The reason I’m gone

Feels like I stood there watching,
the pain the brutal torture
And added my silence to the violent screams
Of: Burn and torch em.
How do you earn misfortune?
Or does it come unbidden?
If life’s a painted portrait,
Who puts dark colors in them?
If there’s a God in heaven,
Surely he’s weeping now.
As all the blood is shedding
As all His people drown.

God help us all.

Rest in peace Chidi.
Rest in peace Lloyd
Rest in Peace Tekena
Rest in Peace Ugonna

Rest in peace to the Students murdered in Adamawa state.

Rest in peace to those two young girls.

Written and Produced by MI Abaga

Opening sample from ‘Words In The Fire’ By Patrick Watson

Poem written by Jason Abaga.


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  1. Rhoda

    October 25, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Touching….never forget #Aluu4. God keep us all.

  2. veer520

    October 25, 2012 at 11:11 am

    One of the many reasons why i love M.I.

  3. moi

    October 25, 2012 at 11:15 am

    This is so deep and thought provoking! Weldone M.I

  4. Derin

    October 25, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Will my life be a waste? What will people say, most importantly what will God say? Granted, loved ones will cry, talk, write, maybe even sing about me. But when they stop feeling the hurt as deeply, when they start needing pictures to remember how I laughed freely, God will remember. Nigeria has issues, what happened to these boys was unfortunate. While we can, we should make our existence count, especially for the One for whom we were made.
    God bless MI!

    • me

      October 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm

      what kind of stupid question is this? no he dedicated it to you. smh

    • stacy

      October 26, 2012 at 2:18 am

      lmao! my dear, i saw this comment too and I was too weak to respond. good response

  5. Oby

    October 25, 2012 at 11:38 am

    In tears…RIP Guys! God is fighting for you. l love you M.I

  6. moi!

    October 25, 2012 at 11:47 am

    God bless you M. I. RIP ALUU 4!!!!

  7. rasheed disu

    October 25, 2012 at 11:51 am

    May dere soul rest in parfect peace amen may d mercy of god be upon dem

  8. Bukki

    October 25, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Welldone M.i well thought through.

  9. cathy

    October 25, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    MI is deep, i respect him for real. May all their souls and that of many others find peace in the bosom of the #LORD.

  10. tomeloma

    October 25, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    moved to tears…God bless you M.I. and God help us all

  11. Africhic

    October 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm


  12. Lulu

    October 25, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Nice! MI, u are my favourite any time! U’ve got the talent, the brain and the heart! God Bless!!

  13. Bukols

    October 25, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Touching, well done M.I

  14. timma

    October 25, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Food. For tot, well done M.I

  15. Gee

    October 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    This thing still upsets me soo much…. and moves me to tears when I think of it.
    I have a younger brother and cousins of similar age that chill together, four of them and some go to uniport; so it really hits me when I think of it- God forbid – I can only imagine what the families are going through.

  16. Adeola

    October 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    MI MI MI…I love you. Thanks for this song…..glad there death won’t be nothing!!

  17. Comrade Babalola

    October 25, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Nice one, M.I. Mob Action Prohibition Act now!!!

  18. Comrade Babalola

    October 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Nice one, M.I. Mob Action Prohibition Act now!!!


    October 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm


  20. Mannie

    October 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Well done M. I

  21. B.b

    October 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    God bless MI JUDE ABAGA. RIP ALUU4

  22. Le Dynamique Professeur

    October 26, 2012 at 12:31 am

    This is so deep! God bless both the writer and M.I for turning it into a song. Indeed, we must all think about what we’re living for; because death is inevitable. What is most important of all is what we do before death comes calling. Jesus saves.

    – LDP

  23. omada

    October 26, 2012 at 1:43 am

    I respect M.I even more…..

  24. Queenbee

    October 26, 2012 at 3:52 am

    MI..God bless you! Not much noise is been made on this case anylonger…. Let there be justice is all we ask for….

    May God heal our land..

  25. L'Avesta

    October 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm


  26. Otyno

    October 31, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Dis is one reason y i respect m.i dan other rapper like vector&naeto c and many more r.i.p aluu4

  27. wizzbrown

    October 31, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Noting pass God

  28. Lilywhite Phillips

    November 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Its so touching,whenever i play this song i feel like crying all day.May their soul rest in perfect peace.Amen.

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