Babagana Umara Zulum Biography, Age, Career, Education, Spouse, Networth

Babagana Umara Zulum
Governor of Borno State
Assumed office
29 May 2019
Preceded by Kashim Shettima
Personal details
Born 26 August 1969 (age 53)
Nationality Nigerian
Political party All Progressive Congress (APC)
Alma mater University of Maiduguri

Babagana Umara Zulum CON (born 25 August 1969) is a Nigerian professor and politician. He has served as Governor of Borno State since 2019 under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Early life

Babagana was born on August 25, 1969, in the Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.


After elementary schooling at Mafa Primary School from 1975 to 1980 and secondary education at Government Secondary School, Monguno from 1980 to 1985, Zulum studied at the University of Maiduguri, where he obtained a degree in Agriculture Engineering after which he served as a youth corps member with Katsina State Polytechnic. He proceeded to the University of Ibadan from 1997 to 1998, where he obtained a master’s degree in Agriculture Engineering. In 2005, he enrolled for a Ph.D. in Soil and Water Engineering with the University of Maiduguri which he completed in 2009.


Babagana’s first appointment was in 1989 with Borno State Civil Service as an Assistant Technical Officer in the State’s Ministry of Agriculture. In 1990, Babagana moved into Borno State Unified Local Government Service as Senior Field Overseer and later Principal Water Engineer. In 2000, he took up an appointment with the University of Maiduguri as an assistant Lecturer where he rose to the rank of Professor. Babagana was Deputy Dean and Acting Dean, of the Faculty of Engineering in 2010 and 2011 respectively. In 2011, Babagana Umara was appointed the Rector of the Polytechnic. Meanwhile, he retained his teaching position at the University of Maiduguri. In 2015, he was made Commissioner of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, and Resettlement by Governor Kashim Shetima of Borno State, a position he held till 2018.


On October 1, 2018, he won the gubernatorial primaries of the All Progressive Congress for Borno State. Professor Babagana was elected to the Office of the Governor of Borno State at the 2019 Borno gubernatorial election held on March 9, 2019, with 1175440 votes.

Assassination attempts

Zulum has been the target of several failed assassination attempts by the group Boko Haram.

His convoy was attacked by Boko Haram insurgents on July 29, 2020, on the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway. Five people were killed including three policemen.

On 26 September 2020, Zulum and his convoy were again attacked by Boko Haram near Lake Chad. At least 18 people were reportedly killed, including 14 police officers and soldiers and 4 civilians. The death toll was later updated to 30 as more bodies were found.

Three days later, on the 29th, Zulum’s convoy noticed a donkey on the road and shot at it. After the donkey exploded, insurgents came out of hiding and fired at them. A number of insurgents were killed, whereas no one in the convoy was injured.

On 22 November 2020, Convoy belonging to Zulum was attacked while he was traveling to meet with government officials in Baga. Seven soldiers and two civilians were killed in this ambush, but the governor was unhurt. His appointment was canceled.


In October 2022, the Nigerian national honor of Commander Of The Order Of The Niger (CON) was conferred on him by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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He is estimated to be worth between $3m – $6m


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