The newly sworn-in Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has said that the uses of appendages such as ‘Executive Governor’, ‘Your Excellency’ are unnecessary and unconstitutional.
Boss Mustapha also told journalists that he would prefer to be addressed simply as ‘The SGF’ without the prefix of ‘Your Excellency’
“I will make a passionate appeal. I don’t know where you people get this ‘Your Excellency’ from. Some of the nomenclatures are banana peels.
“I often hear people say ‘Executive Governor,’ I say look at the constitution, there is nothing like executive governor. It is Governor of a state.”
According to him, when political office holders begin to apply the executive tag, they begin to softly conceptualise the people to take absolute authority.
“I want to simply be addressed as SGF please. I don’t claim any superior experience or skills other than the grace of God.”
Mustapha spoke on Wednesday in Abuja, shortly after the baton of leadership of the SGF was handed over to him by the Acting SGF, Mrs. Habiba Lawal at a brief ceremony in his office.
Lawal who occupied the SGF post in an acting capacity for six months has reverted to her position as Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund Office.
He commended Lawal for her sterling performance during the period she acted as the SGF following the suspension of the former SGF, Babachir Lawal by the President over corrupt allegations.
“We have the responsibility of ensuring that this government succeeds. If this government does not succeed, it means that we have not done our jobs well.
“We are supposed to coordinate the policies of this government, monitor the implementation of policies and ensure that the right thing is done.”
He noted that it’s one that touches the heartbeat of President Buhari. “He has compassion for the suffering people of this nation.”