The Presidency says it is not perturbed by the decision of a National daily to address President Muhammadu Buhari
By his last rank in the Nigerian Army.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina disclosed this in a statement he issued on Wednesday.
He said: “A newspaper says it will henceforth address President Muhammadu Buhari by his military rank of Major General.
“Nothing untoward in it. It is a rank the President attained by dint of hard work before he retired from the Nigerian Army. And today, constitutionally, he is also Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
“All over the world, just as in our country, a large number of retired military officers are now democrats. It does not make those who did not pass through military service better than them.
Adesina stressed that in line with the democratic tenet of freedom of speech, the newspaper is at liberty to do so.
“Rather than being pejorative, addressing President Buhari by his military rank is another testimony to free speech and freedom of the press, which this administration (or regime, if anyone prefers: it is a matter of semantics) has pledged to uphold and preserve,” he said.