They were mixed reactions by Nigerians following Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos’ withdrawal of “His Excellency” title attached to his position.
Concise News had reported that Sanwo-Olu said in a statement on Wednesday that he preferred to be called “Mr Governor.”
“In the last five months that I have been privileged to exercise the mandate freely given to me by the great and hardworking people of Lagos State,” he said.
“It has come to my consciousness to review certain features of citizen-government relations which impede the genuine expression of the democratic spirit of our society and the meaningful exercise of the sovereignty of our people.
“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.”
Good evening Lagos. Your Excellency is a nice title that has been used to signify authority, position in government, authoritarian disposition, executive arrogance, and a demi-god mystique. Today, I wish to drop the title and to embrace a more representative one; Mr. Governor
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) November 6, 2019
While reacting to the development, several Nigerians took to Twitter saying the title does not change anything.
According to some of them, what matters is the delivery of development to Lagosians irrespective of the tag.
Also, there were some that claimed that the Lagos Governor does not deserve to be addressed as “His Excellency” as he has performed abysmally low.
Below are the reactions to Sanwo-Olu statement:
Please change the name of my road to fixed, Mr Governor https://t.co/CQRdbpYdTU
— FK. (@fkabudu) November 6, 2019
This would be the worst Governor of Lagos State. He now wants to be called “Mr. Governor”. Instead of facing governance, Pontius Pilate is more interested in how he is addressed. OKPO! pic.twitter.com/pMzV4T4SIL
— أنا أؤمن بالله كحامي ومخلصي Jackson Ude (@jacksonpbn) November 6, 2019
Sanwo Olu completes his first major project. Changes title from His Excellency to Mr Governor. Can your Governor ever?
— Umeh and 99 others (@UmehWrites) November 6, 2019
Mr Governor sir,
Life expectancy in Lagos has dropped drastically and it's not getting better.
There are more potholes than the 9million+ living in Lagos.
The drainage is very bad, hence rainy days are horrible.
Waste management is still a mess…
Please do something sir 🙏 https://t.co/vZKdVyTlQY
— Dr Emmanuel (@DoctorEmto) November 6, 2019
Lagosians are dumb sha. You guys cannot decipher the reason Sanwo Olu dropped ‘Your Excellency’ to adopt "Mr Governor"!!?? ‘Your excellency’ is in Bourdillon you ducated illiterates!
— Lanre Aliyu (@lanre_aliyu) November 6, 2019
Lagosians have been complaining that Sanwo-olu is not performing as a Governor.
Sanwo-olu finally heard their complain and changed his title from "his Excellency" to "Mr Governor."
This is responsive leadership. When your people talk, you ACT. Congratulations to all Lagosians👏
— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) November 6, 2019
While Seyi Makinde is repairing roads, printing free copies of past questions for schools and basically just working, your Pontius Pilate in Lagos is concerned with being called His Excellency or Mr Governor.
— Woman and enough. #SantaInIbadan2.0 (@Oluwabukunmi__) November 6, 2019