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Don’t address me as General, says Buhari

Don’t address me as General, says Buhari
May 17
18:21 2015

Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president-elect, says he no longer wants to be addressed by his military appellation of ‘General’ upon assumption of office as president on May 29.

Garba Shehu, head of the directorate of media and publicity of the Buhari campaign organisation, made this known on Sunday while unveiling the official portrait of Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo, the vice-president-elect.

On his part, Osinbajo would love to be addressed as ‘Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, Vice-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria’.

Yemi Osinbajo

VP Osinbajo

“From May 29, 2015 the president-elect and vice-president-elect are to be respectively known and addressed as Muhammadu Buhari, president, commander-in-chief of the armed forces federal republic of Nigeria and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, vice-president, Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Garba said in a brief statement.


Buhari rose to the rank of a major-general in the Nigerian army before his retirement in 1985 after he was overthrown in a coup.


  1. Mclee
    Mclee May 17, 23:24

    The President -Elect should be addressed as Alhaji just like Alhaji Shehu Shagari and Obansajo who chose Chief in place of Gen. Alhaji Mohammdu Buhari is honorable and appropriate, before University Councils start falling over themselves with Hon.Doctorate Degrees on him.

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    • Lindy
      Lindy May 18, 11:12

      First off the man has decided and announced how he wishes to be addressed officially. It is his right to do so and should not be open to debate. Secondly even if he attached every known title in this world to his name it will not stop anyone who wishes to do so from conferring titles on him. What is important is what he does for this nation as it’s president

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  2. Chewing gum
    Chewing gum May 18, 06:45

    BUHARI u seem s to be more enlightened and civilised than most of all nigerian past president. Just from d way u want to be addressed have made me to start having a second thought that u may have something better for Nigerians, u didn’t act like d stupid nigerians who love ambiguous and elaborated titles but have nothing to offer academically,morally and humanly.nigerians need simplicity personified leaders and not statues with status without brain. I don’t respect your tittle rather I your good work as a good leader. Besides titles are earned not bought.. U have got to work for it then people will ordain it on u. Mr Muhammad Buhari I respect you for this example…..Osimbajo u seems to be a professor and a SAN Buhari is equal to d task to work with u and take nigerians to d promise land..the ball is on your court.

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  3. tt
    tt May 18, 08:00

    A president is straight simple Mr. President and his Vice is Mr. Vice President. Nothing that sounds like a tittle on a Zegbrudioa show. With all respect please. Tt

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