Babagana Zulum, Governor of Borno State, has revealed that he used to move around Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, to search for local meals such as amala and ewedu during his time as a student in the city.
Governor Zulum made the disclosure when he paid a courtesy visit to Seyi Makinke, his Oyo counterpart, at Government House, Ibadan, on Saturday.
The Borno Governor bagged a master’s degree in Agriculture Engineering from the University of Ibadan in 1998 and is currently in Oyo State to receive “The Most Distinguished Alumnus” award from the Alumni Association of the university.
Reminiscing on his time in Ibadan, Governor Zulum said many northerners came to study at the university because it was peaceful.
According to him, he and his mates walked the city in search of prominent local meals, including amala and ewedu.
He appealed to residents and stakeholders not to allow sentiments to destroy the peace in the state, adding that Nigeria will continue to be united in spite of the many challenges plaguing the country.
He said: “We decided to pay the governor a visit over the recent unfortunate incidents that happened in Oyo state. The most recent one is the inferno at the spare parts village here in Ibadan. We continue to pray that such an incident will never happen again.
“Your Excellency, Ibadan (was) a very peaceful city. Coincidentally, my predecessor is also an alumnus of the University of Ibadan. Many of us in the north, especially those of us that are in the academic environment, did our postgraduate studies here at the University of Ibadan.
“This is not as a fact of coincidence but because of the peace that we (had) in Ibadan. We walked across the length and breadth of this ancient city — Shasa, Ojo, Mokola, Sango, Gate, Bodija — across everywhere, to look for some of our delicious foods — ewedu, amala.
“It has been a very nice stay for all of us and I hope we do not allow sentiments to destroy the very important culture of these great people here in Ibadan.