“Peace, peace, sweet peace. Wonderful gift from above, from above. Oh wonderful, wonderful peace. Sweet peace, the gift of God’s love.”
That was part of the song we were taught many years ago when we were in primary school. That time, we did not know the real meaning and bimport of that song. We merely sang it away.
You do not know what you have, until you lose it. Enugu State, since it was created thirty years ago, is one of the few states in the country that has never witnessed or experienced any secretarian or communal violence. It is the gift of God and the must be thankful to Him.
In Enugu State, there was nothing like Aguleri-Umuleri communal war (Anambra State); Ife-Modakeke war (Oyo State); Effium-Ezza fight (Ebonyi State); Sagamu communal war (Ogun State); Tiv-Jukun war (Benue/Taraba States); Eggon-Alago war (Nasarawa State); and so many other wars across the length and breadth of the country.
We will not to talk about the mayhem currently going on in Jos, Plateau State, or the descent into anarchy and lawlessness happening in several other states in the North, in Borno, Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, Kogi, Benue, etc.
Providentially, those who God entrusted with the responsibility of managing the affairs of Enugu State since its create have done well to steer the state on the right path, on the path of peace. They ensured that peace prevails in all parts of the state, and that all sections of the state are treated fairly, without discrimination.
Among factors that usually lead to misgivings by people in society and then to violence are inequitable distribution of resources, jaundiced or one-sided appointments and the winner-takes-all syndrome.
In Enugu State, those who governed the state, and still governing the state, have tried to ensure that resources are distributed fairly to all parts of the state.
Peace is the bedrock of development. Without peace, there will be no progress, no development, and nobody will be able to do anything meaningful
About Dons Eze
DONS EZE, PhD, Political Philosopher and Journalist of over four decades standing, worked in several newspaper houses across the country, and rose to the positions of Editor and General Manager.
A UNESCO Fellow in Journalism, Dr. Dons Eze, a prolific writer and author of many books, attended several courses on Journalism and Communication in both Nigeria and overseas, including a Postgraduate Course on Journalism at Warsaw, Poland; Strategic Communication and Practical Communication Approach at RIPA International, London, the United Kingdom, among others.