Sunday, November 21, 2020, will go down as a red-letter day for the people of Borno being the day when the West of South recognised rare excellence from the eastern subregion of northern Nigeria.
Governor of Borno state, Professor Babagana Zulum had on Sunday stolen the admiration of, not only a people respected for top-notch academic excellence but also that of one of the foremost private universities in the region.
The Afe-Babalola University in Ado Ekiti on Sunday conferred Governor Zulum with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters (LLD), Honoris cause.
The University said Zulum, a professor of irrigation engineering was selected for the honour in respect of “exceptional” performance since becoming Governor in 2019.
Zulum became an honorary alumnus of the prestigious university at its ninth convocation ceremony that was also attended by the host Governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi.
Owner and chancellor of the University, Afe Babalola, a respected Senior Advocate of Nigeria, said Governor Zulum has an “unwavering commitment and dedication in serving his people”.
“The award is in recognition of Governor Zulum’s courage and resilience, as well as honesty in the face of daunting challenges facing his state”.
Veteran journalist Isa Gusau, who is the Spokesman of Governor Zulum, informed The Humanitarian Times, that Zulum’s conferment came days after the “University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Smaranda Olarinde had at a press conference on Monday, November 15, 2021, announced that Zulum was to be honoured for his “proven integrity, character and exceptional contributions to the development of the society”.”
Other awardees for the honorary doctorate are The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Sulu Gambari and Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe.
The Borno delegation that accompanied Governor Zulum to Ado Ekiti comprised Senator Abubakar Kyari of Borno North, Senator Ali Ndume of Borno South, Deputy Speaker of Borno State Assembly, Engr Abdullahi Askira, Chief of Staff Prof. Isa Hussaini Marte, Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Babagana Mallumbe Mustapha, and the Vice-Chancellor of Borno state University, Prof. Kyari Sandabe.
Governor Zulum got this honorary degree 48 hours after he distributed food and cash support worth over N700 million to over 5000 IDPs that would be returned to their safe communities ahead of the planned closure of all IDP camps in the state.