OYO State Governor Seyi Makinde, has called on leaders in the country to shun partisanship and come together to mount a collective fight against insecurity in the country.
The governor stated this while hosting the governors of Borno, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, his Kwara State counterpart, Governor Abdul Rahman Abdul Razaq and a former governor of Borno State, Senator Kashim Shettima at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, over the weekend.
The governor believed that security challenges facing the nation are surmountable but required the collaborative efforts of stakeholders.
Governor Makinde commended Governor Zulum for his efforts in tackling insurgency and banditry in the state.
He also congratulated him for a well-deserved award being conferred on him by the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Worldwide.
Earlier, the Borno State Governor, Prof Zulum called on people to continue to live in peace and harmony for the betterment of Nigeria.
Prof Zulum said that the visit was meant to commiserate with the governor over the crisis in Sasa and the fire incident that engulfed the spare parts market in Ibadan.
He prayed that such incidents would never happen again.
The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, on Saturday emerged the University of Ibaban alumnus of the year 2020, the fifth person to be such honoured since 1973.
He also bagged the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the premier university.
The decision to recognize Zulum was reached by all graduates of the university from all parts of the world through their alumni association.
Zulum, a Professor of Soil and Water Engineering, was a student of the University from 1997 to 1998, during which he bagged an Msc in Agricultural Engineering, before obtaining his Phd at the University of Maiduguri in 2009.
Commenting on the awards, Gov Zulum expressed appreciation to his lecturers while he was a student at the University of Ibadan back in 1997 and 1998.
Zulum said he would work on strengthening the relationship between the University of Ibadan and University of Maiduguri.
The Governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdul Razak, received a posthumous award honouring his late father.
In their separate remarks, the Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola, and former Minister of Health, Prof. Issac F. Adewole, both commended Governor Zulum for his quality leadership in Borno State.