Borno Gov Zulum bags top Niger Republic honour

Niger Republic’s President Mohammed Bazoum has decorated Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum, with the country’s Second-Order National Honour, “de Grand Officer dans I`Ordre,” which is the equivalent of the Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCON, in Nigeria’s ranking of national honours.

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Bazoum said he was honouring Zulum after monitoring the Governor’s courage, sincere fight against Boko Haram and deep concern on the plight of Borno’s citizens taking refuge in parts of Niger Republic, which Zulum has visited several times, offering support and steadily evacuating and resettling the refugees in new houses built in top State.

The decoration was performed in Zindar, as part of events lined up by the Federal Government of Niger, to celebrate the country’s independence.

It is the first time a Nigerien President would honour a Nigerian governor with the country’s second-highest national award.

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Zulum was accompanied by Senators Kashim Shettima, Mohammed Ali Ndume, the Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Mohammed Tahir Monguno, Speaker, Borno State House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, and the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engr Bukar Talba.

A statement issued by the Borno Governor’s spokesman, Isa Gusau said, Zulum also accompanied President Bazoum to commission a 138km Zindar road project, and a 22-megawatt power project both in Zindar.

The Niger Republic annually celebrates independence on August 3, with festivals which the French-speaking country calls Fête de l’Arbre, with activities that focus mainly on tree planting.

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