Former Governor of Borno State, now Senator, Kashim Shettima on Wednesday said he was not surprised by what he described as “an incredible start” recorded by his successor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum within 35 days in office.
Shettima stated this when he met a group of journalists covering the national assembly in Abuja on Thursday.
“Honestly, I am not in any way surprised by the incredible performance of His Excellency, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, mni in just 35 days. Those who either didn’t study him or underestimated him are those that should be surprised. I took years to monitor Prof Zulum and I was so sure that insha’Allah, he is going to by far, surpass whatever I and my predecessors were able to achieve in Borno and that’s my greatest wish. My greatest wish is for Prof to do wonders and his successor after the next 8 years, insha’Allah, should surpass him. Our goal is for Borno to, in few years, compare to Lagos in terms of our development and this is why the quality of leadership matters. I will only appeal that we all support Prof. Zulum with prayers and sincerely key into his goals. Insha’Allah, insha’Allah, Professor Zulum will perform wonders in Borno, people ain’t seen anything yet. We should continue to pray for peace and pray for the Governor and all those he is assembling to help him succeed” Shettima said.
The former Governor also said:
“I have read many positive comments and seen many people amazed by the incredible things the Governor is doing within just 35 days. People are surprised that within 24 hours, the Governor convened a security meeting, has met Civilian JTF and hunters and increased their monthly allowances, increased the number of their operational vehicles and was able to meet the President, Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari for one-on-one meeting over the security of Borno. People are surprised that within 34 days (as at Wednesday), the Governor was able to visit close of 20 out of Borno’s 27 local government areas and each of the local government areas he undertook on the spot assessment of schools, hospitals, roads, water sources, livelihoods etcetera, to identify priorities. Those who didn’t know Prof. Zulum are surprised that Prof Zulum was able to start the construction of new schools and work is going on aggressively. They are surprised that he was able to accelerate payments of pensions and gratuities, award scholarship to 6,000 citizens to kick start academic activities in the state University. People find it surprising that from the first day Prof Zulum came into office, he was able to make use of every day for productive purpose towards the stability and development of Borno State for the benefit of our people. As I said, I am not surprised and I believe that insha’Allah, insha’Allah, Prof Zulum will build on what I and predecessors did and he will transform Borno beyond the imagination of all of us. We should continue to pray and support him” .