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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Sanwo-Olu: Why I rescinded ‘Your Excellency’ - ITREALMS

The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has rescinded the title of ‘Your Excellency’ amongst his titles, saying it depicts a demi-god, reports ITREALMS.

In a personally signed press statement made available by Mr. Sanwo-Olu to ITREALMS, he noted that in the last five months that he had the privilege to exercise the mandate freely given to him by the great and hardworking people of Lagos State, it has become imperative to review the relationship.

“… 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,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu pointed out that 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,” he pontificated.

According to him, 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, Sanwo-Olu argued, is a public trust that calls for sacrifice, modesty and willingness to add value to the lives of the people.

Therefore, “Fellow Lagosians, I have come to the conclusion that for us to change the narrative of governance, we have to strike down this seeming symbol of executive arrogance that commands popular obeisance and undermines the democratic role of citizens as the masters of those they have elected and appointed to serve.

“It is a conviction that I believe will send the right signals to all politicians and civil servants that service to the people has brought us here. It is the duty we are obliged to do. It is the responsibility that we bear wherever we find ourselves; whenever we are called to serve,” he said.

Insisting that “Only God, the Almighty, the Creator, the Protector is the Most Excellent. No man can share His eternal qualities.”

He further said that henceforth, he wished to be addressed simply as Mr. Governor, a title that will constantly remind him that he has been chosen out of so many fellow compatriots to lead a collective salvage of the state’s political economy.

“A salutation that sanitises the paraphernalia of office and reminds us all of our imperfections and mortality. To give official effect to this announcement, I shall issue tomorrow an executive order that will formally ensure full compliance with this new policy,” he maintained.

Chuks Egbuna/DoP

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Pix: Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.

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