Following President’s Muhammadu’s refusal to sign the Peace Corps Bill, the presidency in a circular sent to ministries, departments and agencies of the federal government through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, told Nigerians how to address President Buhari at functions.
The statement reads that President Buhari who is a retired Major General, should not to be addressed with his rank at formal functions, except in purely Armed Forces events. The statement reads;
“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. 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. All concerned persons should accordingly be guided and ensure strict compliance with the contents of this Circular.”
This is coming after President Buhari declined his assent to the Peace Corp Establishment bill, passed by the National Assembly in 2017 citing security concerns as well as financial implications amongst reasons for his decision.
In a letter which was read out by Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, Buhari cited security concerns and financial implications amongst reasons for his decision.
The Peace Corps bill has been extensively awaited by a lot of Nigerians, who believe the creation of the corps will help reduce the nation’s unemployment crisis.
The Peace Corps of Nigeria Bill has a long history with the formal procedure. It was first represented in the House of Representatives in November 2016. In December 2016, the special committee managed to harmonize this bill. On January 2017, the Bill was adopted by the House of Representatives.
The Senate adopted the Bill in July 2017 and passed the Bill to the President Nevertheless at the end of December.