The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has bagged the “prestigious award for courageous and purposeful leadership in challenging times” from the church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.
At the award, not less than 600 clergies, amongst them 20 Archbishops, 144 Bishops, and hundreds of Reverends converged in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where the governor was honoured.
Nigeria’s head of the Anglican church and Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria, Most Reverend Dr. Henry Ndukuba, presented the award to Borno State’s Head of Service, Barrister Simon Malgwi, who represented Zulum at the event which held at St Andrews Anglican Church at Rumuobiokani in Port Harcourt.
Zulum’s award was one of the main events at the Anglican Communion’s bi-annual meeting of its “Standing Committee” usually attended by bishops, and delegates from the 165 dioceses in the Church of Nigeria, representing the clergy, laity and the women ministry of the church.
On the reason for the honour, Primate Ndukuba said the Borno State governor has distinguished himself in less than three years in the helms.
He said, “This award supersedes religion. We are tired of leaders that are not responsible and that is why we the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion deemed it fit to honour those who have excellently proven themselves worthy in serving their people: Our intentions are to bring to the fore the selfless service of leaders in such a trying time and Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State stands out.“
Primate Ndukuba added, “Professor Babagana Zulum is a true leader, worthy of emulation and we are proud to have him among leaders in the country. He has been attacked severally while discharging his duties but he continued to show zeal and passion to bring hope to the state that’s suffered 12 year insurgency. We pray God to continue to guide, protect, bless and uplift Professor Babagana Zulum now and always.”
While responding, Zulum thanked the Anglican communion for the award, which he said, came to him as a pleasant surprise.
He said: “I have received several awards but this one is very special because it came from clergy and it came from a church to one that is not a Christian and your decision speaks volumes of the objectivity and sincerity of purpose of the award. I very much cherish and value this award.”
The Head of Service led Borno’s delegation which included the state’s commissioner for poverty alleviation, Mr Nuhu Clark, Special Adviser on Community Relations, Mr Kester Ogualili, and Senior Special Assistant on Youths and Jobs Creation, Mr Christopher Akaba.