The presidency has released a new directive on how President Muhammadu Buhari should be addressed at formal functions.

The President will henceforth be addressed as Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria” except in purely Armed Forces Programmes, where “Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Federal Republic of Nigeria” will be added.

The new directive was included in a circular issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha.

According to him the new directive indicates the president, though a retired Major General is not to be addressed by that military rank at formal functions.

"Government has observed with concern the inconsistent manner in which the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria is addressed during Official and Private functions.

"It has therefore become necessary to have a standard format for addressing him at such formal occasions,” Mustapha said in one of the circulars dated 26 January 2018.

He added, "To this end, Mr. President shall henceforth be addressed as Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria except in purely Armed Forces Programmes, where Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Federal Republic of Nigeria will be added".

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