Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has returned to the state capital, Maiduguri after 21 days away on annual leave.
The governor, while away transmuted power to his deputy, Alhaji Usman Kadafur, who was in charge as the acting governor in line with the constitution?
Most parts of the governor’s official leave were spent on lesser Hajj in the Holy land of Saudi Arabia where he busied himself praying for the return of peace to his troubled state, which has been attacked severally by Boko Haram for 12 years now.
The governor, who torched ground in Maiduguri at the town’s International Airport was received by thousands of jubilating thousands of natives who lined up the highway from the airport to the Government House.
As his convoy moved through the road, he was greeted with the chant of Baba Ayoyo literally meaning beloved father welcome back.
Most of those in the crowd include students, women as well as members of associations and unions groups, civil servants, and politicians.
The governor, who later addressed the crowd, commended them for their love, supports and sacrifice.
He said he prayed that almighty Allah answers all the prayers of the people for peace, unity, and progress of Nigerians.