The new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has described ‘Executive Governor’, ‘Your Excellency’ appellations commonly used in Nigeria as unconstitutional.
He also said he would prefer to be addressed simply as ‘The SGF’ without the prefix of ‘Your Excellency’.
Boss Mustapha stated this yesterday as he received handover documents from former acting SGF, Dr. Habitat Lawal.
He described some nomenclatures used to glorify high offices in Nigeria as banana peels.
“I will make a passionate appeal. I don’t know where you people get this ‘Your Excellency’ from. Some of the nomenclatures are banana peels.
“I often hear people say ‘Executive Governor,’ I say look at the constitution, there is nothing like executive governor. It is Governor of a state,” Mustapha said.
According to him, when political office holders begin to apply executive tag, they begin to softly conceptualise the people to take absolute authority.
“I want to simply be addressed as SGF please”, Mustapha told those in attendance at the brief ceremony.
“I don’t claim any superior experience or skills other than the grace of God,” he added.
Meanwhile, Lawal who occupied the SGF post in acting capacity for six months, has reverted to her position as Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund Office.