Perhaps in line with democratic tenets and to fully integrate into the civilian culture, the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari has said he wants to drop the military title of ‘major general’ when addressing once he assumes office on May 29, 2015. He is probably following in the tradition set by the former president Olusegun Obasanjo who on assumption of office in 1999 dropped the title of general and was addressed as chief instead.
According to the director of media and publicity of the APC Presidential campaign organisation, Garba shehu, ‘as from May 29, 2015 the President-elect and the Vice President-elect are to be respectively known and addressed as Muhammadu Buhari, President, commander in chief of the Armed forces of the federal Republic of Nigeria and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, Vice President Federal Republic of Nigeria.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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