A statement on how the President Buhari must henceforth be addressed has been issued by the federal government.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, made this known via a circular sent to ministries, departments and agencies 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.”
The circular also indicates that though the president is a retired major general, he is, however, not to be addressed by that military rank at formal functions.