Professor Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State, has been named the Nigerian Muslim Personality of the Year 2019 by Muslim News, an Islamic newspaper.
The newspaper said Zulum’s emergence was based on his unique and excellence in governance, which it said the governor has exhibited since he assumed office, despite the state being the hardest hit by the Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
Zulum, a Professor of Soil and Water Engineering replaced the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Saad Abubakar III, who won the award in 2018,” Daily Trust reports.
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 Muslims in Nigeria.
In the statement by Rasheed Abubakar, the publisher of the newspaper, it said the Borno governor has done well in the area of security, which he sees as his number one priority, as well as in education, health, transportation, regulations, economic and humanitarian support for citizens of different Local Governments within the state.