Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu ditched the “His Excellency”, saying that he should not be addressed as His Excellency.
The governor’s decision was triggered after the title made him uneasy about 11 days ago when he attended the King’s Court Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Lagos, on Sunday, October 27, 2019.
At the church service, Sanwo-Olu on addressing the worshippers: “I don’t want the title in front of my name. I am actually going to come up with an executive order. This Excellency thing, I think it is when you have finished and if you earn it, then you should be called Excellency. If you haven’t earned it; if you haven’t delivered, there is nothing excellent in the Excellency.
“You are just Mr. Governor for crying out loud and it is only when you have finished the kingdom assignment, when you have finished God’s work in the chosen place that you have been called to do that people can say in truth that you are a good representation and you deserve to be called excellency,” Sanwo-Olu said.
To that effect, the governor yesterday (November 6) officially announced that the “His Excellency” should no longer be included in addressing him.
He, however, noted that he preferred to be addressed as Mr. Governor.
He said: “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.
“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.”
The announcement was by no measure given a good reception on Twitter.
Twitter users criticized the governor for giving an issue as trivial much attention instead of seeking solutions to improve his performance in office.
The issue generated so much buzz on twitter that the hashtag #MrGovernor became among the top-three trends on the platform.
Here are some of the reactions:
Lagosians have been complaining that Sanwo-olu is not performing as a Governor.
Sanwo-olu finally heard their complain and changed his title from “his Excellency” to “Mr Governor.”
This is responsive leadership. When your people talk, you ACT. Congratulations to all Lagosians👏
— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) November 6, 2019
Your Exellency o, Mr. Governor o…… performance ni koko. pic.twitter.com/RDxKDvw8hH
— Mr. Kermit (@O_ssai) November 6, 2019
Whether na Bros Governor
or Uncle Governor or
Na work we wan see! pic.twitter.com/Gm0kEzj5pj
— Professional Beggar (@Sheddi_younG) November 6, 2019
While Seyi Makinde is repairing roads, printing free copies of past questions for schools and basically just working, your Pontius Pilate in Lagos is concerned with being called His Excellency or Mr Governor.
— Woman and enough. #SantaInIbadan2.0 (@Oluwabukunmi__) November 6, 2019
I reject this. Mr Governor is too small for my governor. The minimum I will accept is ‘Mr. Governor Sir’ https://t.co/SCsq2NTnO1
— tyro (@DoubleEph) November 6, 2019
Babajide Sanwo-Olu dropping the “Your Excellency” title is Nice. So Mr Governor can we move to the part where all Roads are Reconstructed,Please Sir Lagosians are really suffering going out to make ends meet is not easy at all. Thank you in Advance Sir.@jidesanwoolu 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/HMb4jg9U1C
— ABDDUL-SEMIU OLADIMEJI (@BadmanisDimka) November 6, 2019