Borno Governor Babangana Zulum says Nigeria will continue to be united despite its many challenges.
Zulum said so on Saturday in Ibadan during a courtesy visit to his Oyo state counterpart, Governor Sheyi Makinde.
The governor appealed to the problems emerging in parts of the country to immediately stop and allow peace to rule, adding that no one could predict what would happen in times of crisis.
He called on the political class to take targeted steps to preserve the country, protect the environment and ensure the country’s peace and stability.
Zulum warned various levels of government and politicians against dealing with security issues.
The governor said he was in Ibadan to receive an award from the University of Ibadan’s Alumni Association worldwide.
Zulum said he had known Ibadan as a peaceful city since his postgraduate days at the University of Ibadan.
“We used to walk freely the length and breadth of the city of Ibadan, Saki and Oyo, and we shouldn’t let feelings destroy this very important culture of the great Ibadan people.
“We will continue to stick together, live in peace and harmony to improve Nigeria,” he said.
Governor Zulum also complained with Makinde about the fire at the spare parts market in Ibadan and the unfortunate Shasha chaos between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Ibadan as well.
In response, Governor Makinde said Nigeria could face its current challenges if politicians, regardless of party differences and ideology, forged a common front.
Noting that several other countries had faced challenges in the past and came out strengthened, he added that he was optimistic that Nigeria’s case would be no different.
The governor praised Zulum for his steadfastness in holding Borno together despite the many challenges he had faced.
“We want to encourage you and let you know that we are praying for you. By God’s grace you will succeed. As leaders, we just have to pull ourselves together to overcome the problems in the country.
“We would also like to recognize the work you are doing in your state, particularly on the issue of insecurity,” he said.
Makinde was pleased about the visit and congratulated Zulum on the award the club had bestowed on him.
“This courtesy visit is on time and shows the whole world that we are all together to build a nation,” said Makinde.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that it is prominent among those in the wake of the government. Zulum were governors. Abdulrahman AbdulRasaq from Kwara, Sen. Kashim Shetima, Sen. Ali Ndume and Sen. Abubakar Kyari.
Vanguard News Nigeria