Nigerians React As Lagos Governor Sanwo-Olu Ditches 'His Excellency' Title
Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Image Courtesy: Twitter)

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.”

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“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.”

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: