Prof Charles Soludo has revealed that he’d not like to be addressed as ‘His Excellency.’
The Anambra State Governor-elect has asked colleagues and stakeholders to address him as ‘Mr Governor’ or–if they will, Charlie Nwangbafor.
Soludo is expected to be sworn in on March 17, 2022.
The ex-Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor has been reported to have told those looking to be employed in his cabinet to get ready to take both oral and written examinations.
In his own words: “I was called his excellency a while ago, but may I plead that that ‘excellency’ tag should please wait for now. That is part of what we will discuss in this committee,” the governor-elect said.
“You may just need to learn how to call me by my name, but if that isn’t good for you, then, may I request that you simply call me ‘Charlie Nwangbafor’ (Charles son of Mgbafor).
“If that one is so difficult for you that you must be formal in addressing me, then you can address me as Mr Governor.”
“This is an assemblage of the people I describe as wise men and women who have kindly accepted to serve our homeland, under the leadership of one of Anambra’s finest gift to the world, our own dear Oby Ezekwesili,” he said.
“This committee comprises some of Nigeria’s best, and Anambra is deeply grateful that you are sacrificing your time and talent pro bono, to help our journey to a livable and prosperous smart city.
“We deliberately left out some experts in security from the transition committee. We prefer to deal with this subject matter separately.
“I’m not sure that would fit into this kind of place. What we will say in public is not what we will say in private, because things are no longer the same any longer in security.”