The Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has been named the Nigerian Muslim Personality of the Year 2019 by Muslim News, Nigeria’s Islamic newspaper.
The announcement was made by the Publisher of the newspaper, Mallam Rasheed Abubakar, who maintained that Professor Zulum’s emergence as the Muslim News’ Nigerian Muslim Personality of the Year is not surprising going by his unique and excellence in governance exhibited since he was sworn in barely a year ago as the governor of Borno, a north eastern state.
The state is the hardest hit by the Boko Haram terrorist group.
“Zulum, a Professor of Soil and Water Engineering replaced the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Saad III who won the most-coveted award in 2018,” Abubakar said in a statement made available to New Telegraph.
The Sultan, who also doubles as the President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), was recognised for his consistent advocacy for peace and unity among the Muslims in Nigeria, a gesture he has continued to sustain.
“The Governor has done pretty well in the area of security, which he sees as his number one priority and of course in the area of education, health, transportation regulations, economic and humanitarian support for citizens of different local governments within the state,” the statement read.
Abubakar said his medium identified Governor Zulum’s commitment in nipping the debilitating activities of the Boko Haram insurgent group in the bud and his drive towards socio-economic development with his laudable actions and policies as factors that made him deserving of the award.
According to him, ‘We at Muslim News resolved to appreciate the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, a devout Muslim, with this prestigious award for his fierce stand against the nefarious and anti-Islamic activities of Boko Haram in Borno State; for ensuring important developmental actions in every nook and cranny of the state; and for his excellent service across all socio-economic strata in the state vis-a-vis the civil servants, market women, artisans, retirees and even soldiers on the warfront”.