The Northern Emancipation Network has said the reported endorsement of the former Borno state’s Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum as successor is in good faith and in the best interest of the state.
“In the past, and in most other states, we have seen how outgoing governors impose lackeys who are by all means low profile and open to manipulation. Here is a different case all together.
By opting for a Professor, Governor Shettima definitely means well. We all know that no Professor worth his salt would allow himself to be remote-controlled. No worthy Professor would play the lackey because unlike most other run of the mill politician’s, a Professor has a lot at stake,” the Group said during a press briefing by its coordinator, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman who was in Maiduguri on tour of its Northeast chapters.
He said for Shettima to accepted the advice of the state’s leading traditional rulers and eminent elders Zulum is a further indication of his statesmanship, selfless love and abiding respect for the Borno people and it’s institutions.
Calling on the people to support their governor’s choice of Zulum as successor, the Group said there is guarantee of continuity of the vision and goals Shettima had set out to achieve.
“Obviously, Shettima’s action was the result of wide consultations in order to assist in making an all-inclusive choice. The choice of Zulum must therefore have come after objectively analyzing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of each aspirant in relation to the realities of facing the electorate.
“Taking into account Professor Zulum’s history, character, temperament, unifying nature and track record, he stands out obviously as the most marketable of all the other aspirants.
“Professor Zulum is the best candidate whose choice will silence all his opponents and will also connect very well with communities across the 27 local government areas because as Commissioner for RRR he has been going up and down the state rebuilding shattered infrastructure and projects.
“The people at the grassroots know him and he is popular with them,” the statement concluded.