Borno’s Zulum: When a governor takes the interest of his people first

Borno Governor, Zulum


By Yusuf Adamu

Recently, the Chadian government withdrew its military helping Nigeria in the fight against insurgency in the northeast. The attendant result was worrisome as terrorists launch a devastating attack on the people rendering many homeless. The situation is unfortunate and also seemed to have lowered the moral of our military in some sense.

When the people of Borno state saw the withdrawal of the Chadian troops, many began a repeat of the exodus that informed many towns and villages empty to this day when such an episode occurs few years ago. Worried by this development perhaps informed the decision of the Borno state governor to go to Chad on a diplomatic mission to win back such assistance once again in order to finally put an end to the menace of these dark days marauders.

Concern for his people, Borno state governor, Babagana Umara Zulum has denied himself any relationship with relaxation and sleeping as would some in his place would do with all the comfort around them. He was always at a distance with his comfort zone to ensure his people get the benefit of the trust they put on him.

It was that concern that led him to lose his temper at the Njimtilo gate when he saw security operatives extorting money from innocent civilians. For him, it was not an outing for pleasure whenever he leaves his comfort zone. Sometimes he leaves ahead and left whoever cares for the people follow him in order to secure a better tomorrow for his people.

He went further recently to launch 70 security vehicles to help boost the morale of the security operatives in the discharge of their duties, which is to safeguard live and property of the people particularly travellers along the dreaded Maiduguri – Damaturu road.

The effort by governor Zulum is said to be yielding result now that a clash between the insurgents and Police in Mainok goes to show that, with better support the Boko Haram insurgents are nothing but common criminals using fear to magnify their strength.

Seemed to be left along without the support of the high and mighty from Borno State. Zulum is not ready to wait when his people are being killed by the day. For him, living can only make meaning when the people you are leading are safe and happy. A leader should be ahead not behind, and a general who always leads a war leads to victory. For the people of Borno State, this is the time to come together to support this administration and to continue to pray for Governor Babagana Umara Zulum in his effort to free Borno.

Adamu is political adviser to former Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima