The federal government has issued a guideline on how President Muhammadu Buhari should henceforth be introduced and addressed at formal as well as private functions.
This indicates that it would no longer be acceptable to address the president by the Major-General rank he attained in the army before retirement.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, gave the directive in a circular sent to ministries, departments and agencies, MDA, of the federal government.
“Government has observed with concern the inconsistent manner in which the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria is addressed during Official and Private functions.
“It has therefore become necessary to have a standard format for addressing him at such formal occasions.
“To this end, Mr. President shall henceforth be addressed as ‘‘MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.’’ except in purely Armed Forces Programmes, where “COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA” will be added.
“All concerned persons should accordingly be guided and ensure strict compliance with the contents of this Circular,” read the memo dated January 26 and released on Tuesday.