Governor Babagana Zulum who paid an unscheduled visit to Shehu Sanda Kyarimi 2 Primary School around 6:30am on Friday to see how the school’s infrastructure can be improved, gifted the only teacher he met on duty N100k and also promoted her.
The level 12 teacher identified as Obiageli Mazi, was promoted to the rank of assistant headmistress by the Borno State Governor as confirmed in a statement released by Shettima Kullima, executive chairman of the State Universal Education Board (SUBEB).
Zulum was reportedly impressed with the commitment of the Abia born teacher who has been teaching for 31 years.
The Governor said; “Yesterday, as early as 6:30 in the morning, I paid an unscheduled visit to Shehu Sanda Kyarimi 2 Primary School to see how we can improve the infrastructure therein and I met teacher, Mrs. Obliageri Mazi, an Igbo Christian from Abia State who served for 31 years in the Borno state. Although it was very early, I met none of the teachers and their pupils on ground but only her.
“Her gender, tribe, religion or state of origin does not surprise me but her passion, enthusiasm, dedication, commitment and above all patriotism do surprise me a lot.
“As a government, we are mightily proud of her!” Kullima was also quoted saying; “Even though the woman was not a graduate, her 31 years teaching experience and commitment coupled with an executive order by the governor have earned her the promotion.”
… reward of Igbo teacher indictment on divisive politicians – Falana
Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the recent act of kindness by Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno state, is an indictment on those who categorise victims of Boko Haram insurgents along religious lines.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Falana commended Zulum for rewarding Mazi irrespective of her religion and ethnicity.
“No doubt, governor Zulum deserves commendation for rewarding Mrs Obiageli notwithstanding her religion and her state of origin,” he said.
”Governor Zulum has actualized section 15 (1) of the Constitution which provides that ‘national integration shall be encouraged whilst discrimination on the grounds of place of origin, sex, religion, status, ethnic or linguistic association or ties shall be prohibited’.
Falana said the governor’s actions should be a reference point for politicians and the elite who use religion and ethnicity to divide Nigerians.
“The Zulum example is an indictment of those who are currently busy counting the thousands of Nigerian citizens that have been brutally killed and abducted by the satanic Boko Haram insurgents along religious divide,” he said.
“The example of Governor Zulum is a challenge to the labour movement and other progressive forces to intensify the campaign against reactionary politicians and the backward members of the elite that are taking advantage of insecurity and official incompetence to divide the economically marginalised people of Nigeria along ethnic and religious lines.”