Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has revealed that he no longer wish to be addressed as ‘Your Excellency”.
He made this known publicly while addressing the issue, and dropping the title, Mr Governor opined that mere mortal can not be given the attribute that is solely for God, saying “Only God, the Almighty, the Creator, the Protector is the Most Excellent. No man can share His eternal qualities.”
This is just as the he adopted or prefers the title ‘Mr’ instead.
Speaking on the rationale behind dropping the title, Sanwo-Olu stated that it is an error for those elected or appointed to serve the people, who are paid from the taxes of the people to place themselves so highly above the people they were called to serve like an oppressor, who prefers to be served rather than serve the people who saw to their emergence to power.
“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. “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.”
Calling on Lagosians, he said: “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.
“Only God, the Almighty, the Creator, the Protector is the Most Excellent. No man can share His eternal qualities,” Sanwo said.
Speaking further, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu added that “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, 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.
“Thenceforth, I wish to be addressed simply as Mr Governor, a title that will constantly remind me that I have been chosen out of so many fellow compatriots to lead a collective salvage of our political economy.
A salutation that sanitizes the paraphernalia of office and reminds us of all of our imperfections and mortality.