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 most authoritative Islamic newspaper.
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 State, the hardest hit by the Boko Haram terrorist group, a statement by the publisher, Mallam Rasheed Abubakar, said. Zulum, a Professor of Soil and Water Engineering replaced the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar III who won the most coveted award in 2018.
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.
In the statement, the newspaper said Governor Zulum 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.
As a former Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement under former Governor Ahmed Shettima, Prof. Zulum has continued his rebuilding exercise of hundreds of communities destroyed by Boko Haram and likewise, finding a safe haven for millions of citizens displaced by terrorist attacks which have since continued albeit drastically curtailed by this current administration.