Following the inconsistency in the manner President Muhammadu Buhari is addressed at different functions, the Presidency has issued a statement on how he should henceforth be addressed.
The statement was issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, in a circular dispatched to ministries, departments and agencies of the federal government.
Mustapha stated in the circular that henceforth, the president shall be addressed as: “Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
And in strictly Armed Forces programmes, “Commander-In Chief of the Armed Forces of Federal Republic of Nigeria,” shall be added.
The circular reads in part: “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”