Great joy as Governor Zulum gives doctor a car, millions of naira, photos emerge

Great joy as Governor Zulum gives doctor a car, millions of naira, photos emerge

- Governor Zulum rewarded Doctor Isa Akinbode who hails from Ogun state with a multi-million naira car

- The governor also approved the payment of Akinbode's N13.9m arrears formerly stuck since 2016 due to bureaucratic processes

- Zulum was particularly impressed that Akinbode stayed in Monguno despite having been kidnapped and released by Boko Haram insurgents

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A diligent doctor, Isa Akinbode, who refused to run away from Borno despite the huge insecurity in the area has been rewarded for his steadfastness by Governor Babagana Zulum.

Akinbode, a Yoruba doctor who hails from Ogun state in southwest Nigeria, impressed Governor Zulum after refusing to abandon patients amid the high insecurity in the northeast state.

The governor, therefore, approved a handsome N13.9m check for the medical practitioner and also gave him a Toyota Highlander Sports Utility Vehicle valued at several millions of naira itself.

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A statement posted by the governor on his official Twitter handle @GovBorno explained Akinbode's case further that he graduated from the University of Maiduguri and joined the Borno State Civil Service where he served for 22 years before he retired in 2016 at Monguno General Hospital.

Governor Zulum gave the doctor Isa Akinbode a car, millions of naira
Doctor Isa Akinbode receives his cheque and his car keys from Governor Zulum. Photo credit: @GovBorno
Source: Twitter

After his retirement, the Akinbode, who was reportedly once abducted and released by Boko Haram in Monguno, remained at the General hospital in Monguno to offer voluntary medical services.

Then-Governor Kashim Shettima, during one of his visits to Monguno, directed officials of the state’s ministry of health to engage Akinbode as a contract staff.

But officials at the state ministry of health in Maiduguri delayed formalizing the doctor’s contract, even though he continued to serve due to bureaucratic procedures.

Zulum has now re-engaged the diligent doctor and paid him his five-year arrears of 13.9m, dating back to 2016 when he retired.

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Zulum said:

“These (people like Dr Akinbode) are the kinds of people that need to be encouraged, he lives in Monguno despite all the security problems."

Zulum's action has received praises online.

@InusaKompany wrote:

"Masha Allah our best governor, a leader by example. I'm ur no1 fan from wukari taraba state"

@BKalallawa added:

"Bravo ur Excellency Governor Babagana Umar Zulum, keep it up. ur good Job, they said u are not Politician but humanitarian. if that is the case we need more humanitarian as our Governor rather than politicians who do nothing for the masses."

@Mainabukar20 also said:

"We always proud of you the best Governor. My Allah protect you"

Meanwhile, also reported recently that the Borno state government denied Governor Zulum’s convoy was involved in an accident that claimed the lives of two people on Mafa-Maiduguri Road on Tuesday, February 9.

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The spokesman of the governor, Mallam Isa Gusau, in a statement via Facebook and Twitter disclosed that Zulum arrived on the scene shortly after the crash occurred.

A traditional ruler, Mai Kanuribe of Lagos, Mustapha Muhammadu and his friend were among those killed in the crash.


Akinyemi Akinrujomu is a professionally trained journalist with over 16 years of experience. His knowledge spans print, broadcast, and online media. He has worked in several top media organizations in Nigeria. He has also pioneered several print media publications. He is a graduate of History and International Studies from the Lagos State University and he also holds a professional National Diploma in Journalism. He loves reading, travelling and listening to music.


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