It was my first day at the university and as a newcomer it took me a while to locate the lecture hall. The class was already organized and lectures have been going on for some time because I came in through direct entry and mid-way through the semester. It was a general studies course (call it GENS, GST, GSE or GNS) tiled “Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution”. After the lecture we were asked to stay behind for a test, the sole question in the test was “Peace Is a Panacea for Development. Discuss”. At that time I don’t even know what the word “Panacea” stands for it was only after the test that I looked it up in my dictionary. I ended up scoring some miserable marks because my statements and responses were raw; my English was deficient and abysmal, and some of my answers were out of point. The only answer to the statement is that peace is the only magic bullet to the development of any society. It is a known fact that for every country to prosper, an incessant peace must reign.
Northern Nigeria especially the north eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa was subjected to series of deadly attacks by the extremist Boko Haram over the years which resulted to loss of thousands of innocent lives and destruction of property, villages were frequently raided and bombed and large swathes of the north-east fell to Boko Haram. But now the Buhari led administration has managed to quell the flames. Nevertheless the wailers always wail, they howl, screech and cry on a daily basis that the “naira has fallen”, that “petrol is scarce”, that ….….. and we say any other misfortune is a lesser calamity than death. Than you Buhari, Thank you Buratai and Thank you our gallant soldiers.