The gruesome massacre of at least 43 rice farmers in Borno state on Saturday, November 28, has again renewed the calls for the sack of the service chiefs -- and also the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over rising insecurity.
But amid a whirlpool of reactions that trailed the recent dark moment in the history of the country, Governor Babangana Umara Zulum of Borno state rose higher again and became a cynosure of attention for his brilliant show of exceptional leadership.
In a viral video now shared on social media, the governor was at the centre stage of the Janazah (the Islamic last burial rite) of the dead farmers.
He was in the midst of grieving locals actively partaking in the burial process of the farmers and helping in the digging and covering of the deceased's resting place.
The governor was also seen in full of tears, looking forlorn and disturbed by the incident which has raised sundry questions about the commitment of the government to the protection of lives and properties in the country.
Reacting to the video, a social media user said:
"God bless and protect this man for us. All he isn't just the governor of Borno state but my role model. A true example of a leader."
Mattew Bension, another social media user, praised the governor for showing real intent to lead."
"Professor Zulum is one of the few persons in government with real intent to lead. A true leader!"
Zulum's reaction to the Zabarmari massacre would not be the first time the governor would be praised for showing true leadership. His convoys had been attacked three times by Boko Haram while trying to visit war-infested areas or the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno state.
A couple of weeks back, the governor was praised by Nigerians for building and commissioning two mega schools in low-income communities of the state.
Underprivileged pupils numbering 30,000 were enrolled in the two schools, which were commissioned on Monday, October 26.
The educational institutions were built at Ajilari Cross in Jere and Abuja-Sheraton in Maisandari ward of Maiduguri metropolitan council.
Meanwhile, Nigerian Governors Forum has described as wicked the killing of 43 farmers in Zabarmari village.
Speaking through a statement, the leader of the forum Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti noted that the attack raised a question on the general security of the country.
Governor Fayemi said the 36 state governors would review the issue in their next meeting.
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