Zulum: I am not a politician, I became governor by chance – By: . .

Professor Babagana Umara Zulum is now Governor of Borno State. A quick search on his biography indicates that he graduated with a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Maiduguri. In 1997, he obtained a master’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Ibadan. He obtained a PhD in Soil and Water Engineering from the University of Maiduguri in 2009. In 2014, Babagana Umara Zulum was appointed as a professor.

Thus, through training, supervision and tutoring, Babagana Zulum is an engineer. But that’s not why I love it, nor the main reason for this article. I like it for its audacity, its frankness and its simplicity of expression, whatever the audience it is aimed at.

I had the privilege of attending the 19th Daily Trust Dialogue on Thursday, the theme of which was 2023: Politics, Economics and Insecurity. And Professor Babagana Zulum was among those who graced the occasion.

As usual, he made my day in his words, doing justice to the topic of the day, through revealing the link between politics, economics and insecurity. Zulum said we all need to look beyond partisan affiliations to fight the rot of the system, which revolves around incompetence, incompetence and inability, including the inability to impart education .

Without any fear of contradiction, and with zeal, energy and enthusiasm, Zulum told the wealthy audience at the NAF Conference Center in Abuja, among whom were the former Head of State, General Abdulsalmi Abubakar, the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Sultan of Sakkwato, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, that he is not a politician. He said and I quote,

“Although I am Governor of Borno State today, I became Governor by coincidence and not by maneuvering, polishing or disappearing from politics in pursuit of a career. As I stand before you, and as we approach the year 2023, the challenge before us should not be who is elected as what, but who is qualified to be elected as what. most of the elected leaders in Nigeria today, but I aspire to no position higher than the one I am today, unless it is destined by God.Unless and until we are ready to setting aside differences and aiming for merit, we will never succeed in our search for good leaders”.

Zulum’s remarks set the stage for the first cheers to arrive at the dialogue, which would have gone on and on had it not stopped, as he was in a rush to catch up on another date elsewhere. But before leaving, the professor asked about the country’s political system, in which political powers are vested in individuals on the basis of party patronage and not skill, talent, effort and skill. the success.

On the challenges besetting Nigeria today, Professor Zulum simply and summarily summed up the position of many who spoke after his departure, a position that matched that of the Deputy Speaker of the Senate, HE Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who was present by proxy, thus, “It is indeed not difficult to find a link between politics and economics, economics and security, and in fact between all three. Inappropriate politics tends to create an inappropriate economy. An economy that is not doing very well can be a source of insecurity, just as the politics of exclusion in any way, real or perceived, can also lead to insecurity. Thank goodness the Buhari administration is working tirelessly to lift 100 million people out of poverty. As more people are lifted out of poverty, trust in the system will continue to be restored, and thus fewer children and young people will be available to be recruited by evil workers.”

Overall, the general consensus of the dialogue was that Nigeria should eliminate dependency and encourage the public sector, which has an overall role in improving the economy.

A situation where state governors would converge in Abuja to share billions of naira per month is purely a practice of self-deception. Through the provision of high quality public services, corruption can be reduced. Through decentralization, privatization, and proper taxation, the county can generate enough to support itself and others.

And this is the way to go if we want to kill the threat of unemployment, underemployment and, by extension, the insincerity that leads the country to insecurity.

The last speaker was Bankole Ojo, who got the microphone after a protest, and his answer to the problem is lack of patriotism on everyone’s part. Bankole said that if everyone in the room expressed equal devotion and vigor in supporting our country, the problem would simply perish.

Yes, the conclusion of the dialogue is that 2023 is not an election year, but a turning point.

By Bala Ibrahim who writes from Abuja.

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