The governor of Borno State, Babagana Umara Zulum, has said he is not a politician but became the governor by coincidence.
Zulum made the remarks at a conference hosted by the Daily Trust in Abuja entitled “The Politics, Economy, and Insecurity.”.
The conference was held ahead of the 2023 elections to discuss the future of Nigeria and was attended by dignitaries such as former military ruler General Abdulsalmi Abubakar, former Nigerian vice president Atiku Abubakar, Sultan Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III and others.
Speaking at the conference, Zulum said Nigerians need to look at the qualifications of those to intend to elect in2023.
“Although I am the governor of Borno state today, I became the governor by coincidence and not the manoeuvring, polishing, or vanishing of politics in the pursuit of a career. As I stand before you, and as the year 2023 approaches, the challenge before us should not be who becomes elected as what, but who is qualified to be elected as what,” he said.
“I may be younger than most of the elected leaders in Nigeria today, but I am not aspiring to any position higher than I am today, except if it is destined by God. Unless and until we are ready to set aside differences and go for merit, we shall never get it right in our search for the right leaders”.