Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has paid tribute to former Governor, now Senator Kashim Shettima who turned 53 years old today. Zulum, in a message he personally distributed through social media platforms, called Shettima a mentor, with whom he has had “the greatest experiences” in life.
In birthday message, Governor Zulum calls Shettima mentor, pays tribute
The Governor’s message began with a quote from Steven Spielberg which reads, “The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves”.
Zulum thereafter addressed Shettima directly by saying, “Your Excellency, my mentor;
Knowing you, associating with you and working with you have been the greatest experiences of my life.
“Your Excellency, you are a different kind of mentor.
“What is particularly rare about your mentoring is that large heart to create for those who have earned your trust, the independence of being themselves and making decisions in trying to achieve the high developmental goals you set for them.
“Beyond being a mentor, you are a statesman, a passionate and selfless one at that, whose only focus at all times is the peace, progress and transformational growth of Borno state and our people.”
He said that he is pleased and proud to have gone through Shettima’s school of wisdom and is more than determined to build on the many good things he achieved despite the huge challenges he dealt with and prayed that God will continue to keep the former Governor in good health, in strength, in continued wisdom and in undying faith.