Aisha Buhari, the wife of the president, has joined a thread, which is subtly calling her husband a general, a title he since dropped in 2015. In her twitter handle @AishaBuhari, yesterday, the First Lady said “ThisIsGMB taking Nigeria to the NextLevel.”
After coasting to victory with the name General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB), the president, who rose to become a major-general in the army and ruled as head of state, said he wants to be addressed as “Muhammadu Buhari, President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Bola Tinubu, a national leader of All Progressives Congress, APC; Ibikunle Amosun, governor of Ogun State; and the president himself, said his return in 2015 was as a “reformed democrat.” In February 2018, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, took it a step further by issuing a circular that mandated that Buhari should only be addressed as commander-in-chief of the armed forces at armed forces events.
“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. “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.”