Why I make Zulum Governor of Borno State -Sen. Kashim Governor, The immediate past Governor of Borno state

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"When I first appointed Zulum as my commissioner of Reconstruction, I sent him to Bama to supervise some projects, he went and met one substandard work, he refused to come back to Maiduguri and stayed there sleeping & dining in the same room with labourers, soldiers, Civilian JTF, and masons for 156 days until the work was demolished and a standard one was reconstructed ~~~ Sen. Kashim Governor, The immediate past Governor of Borno state.

"When I first appointed Zulum as rector and after his tenure, he had no house of his own and no car of his own.

Then, I challenged him by appointing him the pioneer commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement and he did wonderfully well. He spent a total number of 156 days in Bama, sleeping in Bama with

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In our eight years, Zulum rarely left Borno. Despite handling billions in our reconstruction works he had nothing personal. He did not empower his kinsmen to become millionaires and multi-millionaires. He was largely responsible for our reconstruction of more than 30,000 projects in many places across the state.

So, when it came to the issue of succession, I knew that most of the people that aspired to be governor of Borno were eminently qualified:

Some people raised fears that Prof Babagana Umara Zulum is known to have independent mindset so he could easily go out of my control. However, I knew that I was leaving office. I also came to terms with the reality that I could not be a former governor and a ‘governor’ at the same time.

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I needed someone who could surpass my achievement; someone that is head and shoulders above me in terms of intellect, in terms of capacity, in terms of indefatigability. I settled for Zulum for the collective good of the people of Borno and it is one of the decisions I most cherish and glad to have made for Borno.

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I believe posterity will in the fullness of time, vindicate me for doing or passing every judgment on Prof. Zulum".

Former Governor of Borno State, Senator Kashim Shettima.

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