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SANWO-OLU: ADDRESS ME AS “MR. GOVERNOR”

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, 7th of November, 2019 said he no longer wants to be addressed as “His Excellency”.

He said that“ Fellow Lagosians, I have come to the conclusion that for us to change the narrative of governance, we have to strike down this seeming symbol of executive arrogance that commands popular obeisance and undermines the democratic role of citizens as the masters of those they have elected and appointed to serve.

It is a conviction that I believe will send the right signals to all politicians and civil servants that service to the people has brought us here. It is the duty we are obliged to do. It is the responsibility that we bear wherever we find ourselves; whenever we are called to serve.

Only God, the Almighty, the Creator, the Protector is the Most Excellent. No man can share His eternal qualities. 


Thenceforth, I wish to be addressed simply as Mr. Governor, a title that will constantly remind me that I have been chosen out of so many fellow compatriots to lead a collective salvage of our political economy”.

According to Mr. Governor, “ The office of the Governor has been celebrated as the paragon of excellence, a temple of perfection and a throne of purity.

This demi-god mystique spreads over the entire machinery of the executive arm of the government, symbolising an authoritarian disposition on the governed. It has deformed the orientation of elected and appointed persons who are paid from the taxes of the people to see themselves as oppressors who can do no wrong and must be served, rather than serve the people.

Whatever might have been the reason for this myth, let us be honest, the office is occupied by a mortal who has been called upon to serve the electorate with humility – and sincerity.

The office of Governor is a public trust that calls for sacrifice, modesty and willingness to add value to the lives of the people”.

Excellency is a title of honour given to certain high-level officers of a sovereign state, officials of an international organization, or members of an aristocracy. Once entitled to the title “Excellency”, the holder usually retains the right to that courtesy throughout their lifetime, although in some cases the title is attached to a particular office, and is held only for the duration of that office. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excellency )

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