(R-L) Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum; Osun State governor, Gboyega Oyetola; Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq; Senator Ali Ndume and ex Borno governor, Kashim Shettima at the 2021 Luncheon & Awards ceremony of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association on Saturday.
(R-L) Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum; Osun State governor, Gboyega Oyetola; Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq; Senator Ali Ndume and ex Borno governor, Kashim Shettima at the 2021 Luncheon & Awards ceremony of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association on Saturday.

By Sunday Oguntuyi, Osogbo

Osun State governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has described his Borno counterpart, Prof. Babagana Zulum, as a man of strong character and conviction who is determined to carry on despite the daunting security challenges in his state.

Oyetola said but for his strong character and conviction, the enormous security challenges in his state were enough for anyone to run away.

The governor who spoke in Ibadan on Saturday at the 2021 Luncheon & Awards ceremony of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, where Zulum was honoured by the association as both Most Distinguished Alumnus and the Alumus of the Year, said the governor has proven to the nation that he is a man of strong character.

“From the documentary we just watched, I can see that the governor in less than two years has done tremendously well. And like we all know, the reward for hard work is more work. I believe this award will spur him to do more great things for the people of Borno. I congratulate you for these honours. You truly deserve them” Oyetola said.

Zulum on his part, thanked the Alumni Association for the award, saying the honour would encourage him to improve on the tempo of service delivery in the State.

On his part, the Chairman of the occasion and former Health minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole, commended Zulum for carrying on from where his predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima left off.

He commended Shettima for discovering Zulum, just as he described Oyetola as a magician, saying most times he wonders how the Governor manages to pay salaries and still carry on with infrastructure development across all sectors of the economy in the State.

Prof. Adewole said that with persons like Zulum and Oyetola as Governor of their respective States, there is hope for Nigeria.