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Abia State Governor Ikpeazu Bans People from Referring to Him as “His Excellency & Executive”




Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed people to stop referring to him as “His Excellency & Executive.”

Ikpeazu gave the directive via a statement released by his media aide, Godwin Adindu:

Special Government Announcement-Abia State.

The Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has formally directed that the appellation; His Excellency and Executive , be dropped in all official and informal communication with him.

He would rather prefer to be addressed simply as Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Governor of Abia State.

The Governor wants all public communication to be concentrated on the work and policies of the state and not on the person of the Governor and has therefore directed all contractors, political groups, individuals and party loyalists not to put his portrait on billboards, posters and signages but to ONLY use the pictures of ongoing projects in their billboards and posters.

The Governor has also directed the general public to remove all congratulatory posters and election billboards littering the environment as these public posters are defacing the environment of the state. He has further charged the people of the State to be partners with Government in ensuring a healthy and beautiful environment.

He is also, by this directive, re-assuring the good people of Abia State of his mission of service to the people and therefore urged the citizenry to key into the new vision.


Godwin Adindu

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.


  1. Ruk

    June 5, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Wow… I hope he wrks…he seems lk a gd gy

  2. memee

    June 5, 2015 at 9:51 am


  3. Seriously

    June 5, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I see, the new trend in Nigeria. I hope they also connect it to their heart, humility is not just dropping title names. This includes doing what they are suppose to do as governor and not overspending or embezzling into their own pockets while their states remain in chaos.

  4. lola

    June 5, 2015 at 9:58 am

    This is the trend now abi?First it was Ambode now Abia Governor.Maybe Wike will be the next.

  5. ijhums

    June 5, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Funny indeed

  6. dupsy

    June 5, 2015 at 10:17 am

    i will be observing

  7. queen

    June 5, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Good Step, I hope it is implemented.

  8. A Real Nigerian

    June 5, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Abia is the dirtiest state in Nigeria.
    The horrible, wretch-inducing smells that welcome you as you drive by, coupled with the unsightly and eye-damaging garbage dumps which are EVERYWHERE…urgh!

    • See dem

      June 5, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Very dirty indeed! Been around most states in Nigeria,non come close to Abia in terms of dirtiness..Hope this current Government will do something significant in that State.

    • nnenne

      June 5, 2015 at 11:46 am

      You mean ABA or the whole of ABIA state?

    • D Main man

      June 5, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      mostly Aba, the new governor is from Aba, Former Governor said he wasn’t going to clean Aba since the next Gov. he had promised was to come from Aba, so the new Gov. will need to work.

      Again they should stop this ” keep looking here… while I steal from here”

      Executive…Excellency are their statutory right… where am worried is the state of our treasury after their four years in office.

  9. prince

    June 5, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Nice one, I don’t even know why we Nigerians like title, I’m yet to hear CNN address Obama as His Excellency. Change has rubbed off on the PDP governors too

  10. Fols

    June 5, 2015 at 11:41 am

    This is a good initiative. Nigerians love titles tooo much. America’s President is never referred to as anything except Mr. President. At most, “The President of the United States of America”. Full stop! The head of the UK govt. is addressed as “Prime Minister”, simple. If they like you, they may add “sir”, but no one is obliged to even call them sir. They are public servants; emphasis on SERVANTS, and servants are not entitled. Only authentic royalty and those whom they have entitled (eg knights, lords, etc) can be addressed as anything other than Mr. or Mrs. Only in Nigeria that someone will address themselves as Barrister this, Engineer that, Pharm. this, Arc. that. I have even seen “Chief Sir. Dr.” in front of someone’s name before, and after the name comes a slew of more titles and abbreviations. Their counterparts around the world do not do this. I am a lawyer and I know that in the UK (whose legal system we copied), nobody is Barrister anything. You are Mr.! Only doctors (medical, honorary or PHD holders) can address themselves by their profession.

    Sorry for the rant but this Naija need for honour and recognition by all means really gets to me. I need to go blow off this steam 🙂

    • Warizdiz

      June 5, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      Haa me, l hv seen Chief Evangelist. I simply could not marry the two. I called my friend to say how far with this your Dad tittle? Even my friend sef tire.

    • goldfinch

      June 5, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      Fols, not only in Nigeria o. In German speaking countries e.g. Austria and Germany, they DO NOT PLAY with their titles at all. The trend is already becoming popular in other parts of Europe too.

      They cherish their titles, degrees and qualifications so much. Some even go as far as writing it at their doorpost/door bells and post box to get favour and respect from neighbours, postman, delivery man etc. The titles are a form of prestige in the society.
      The two general titles Herr and Frau as in Mr and Mrs (Ms.) are very frequently used for adults. Then you have the academic/professional titles e.g.

      Herr/Frau Magister (equiv. MSc)
      Priv. Doz. DI Dr.
      Herr/Frau Dipl.-Ing. (for an engineer’s degree).
      Dipl.-Ing. Dr.
      Dr. rer. nat.
      Assoc. Univ.-Prof. Dr.
      Herr/Frau Univ.-Prof. Dr.
      Prim. Dr.
      OA Dr.
      FA Dr.
      Ass. Dr.
      Herr/Frau (Name) PhD
      Herr Architekt

      If you have two PhDs: Herr Professor Dr. Dr. (Name)

      In their e-mails/letters when you are addressing a Professor for example, you’ll write:
      Sehr geehrter Herr Professor Doktor (Name)

      There, it is rude to address someone holding academic or professional qualifications without using their title(s).
      Even a doctor’s wife gets a title not because she is a medical doctor but she becomes Frau Dr by virtue of her husband’s intellect.

      When you visit these countries, you better proudly use your academic and/or professional titles, it will open several doors for you and give you respect and favour. Don’t even bother to form humility, you’ll be doing so at your own detriment. If you want to get things done, always sign off your letters and e-mails with your titles and occupation

      You need at least a MSc. to make it in these countries. You only start to command respect with MSc upwards. Nevertheless, BSc holders still proudly use their BSc titles.

    • Fols

      June 5, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      Ehnnn? na wa oh! One person alone bearing Dr and Dr? Only God will save us. The best known people like Jesus Christ, Mahatma Ghandhi, Steve Jobs are remembered for what they achieved to impact the lives of people, not their titles.

    • Madek Mike

      June 5, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      The Germans earn their titles. They are quite rigorous about it. Unlike Nigerian, where anything goes, no German without a doctorate degree earned in a university would dare parade himself as Dr. In Nigeria, school drop outs who have stolen public money parade themselves as Dr. so and so.

  11. oluwaSeun

    June 5, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Hope he bans his outrageous executive remunerations too. This is a new trend to steal codedly.

  12. i no send

    June 5, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    is he related to am bode???…LOL

  13. Warizdiz

    June 5, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    They hv started. The fad now is to drop titles as if that would put food on the table. Do your work for which you get to enjoy unimaginable luxury at tax payers expense. Aba is the dirtiest town in d world. Kai, such rowdiness, such planlessness, such filth. I went to Aba once and l swore never to return. Returning from Aba to PHC took almost five hrs. Ikpeazu has his work cut out for him. Abia people have suffered in the hands of their “elected” leaders. Right from the days of “Mother Excellency” That was the official tittle of the then Gov’s Mother – Oji Uzor Kalu. That one that was a criminal right from his mothers womb to Ochendo. We are just too docile as a people.

    • Professor X

      June 5, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      Lmao’! Criminal right from inception, right? Aba needs a resurgence

  14. last born

    June 5, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    we want to see a new Nigeria, one Nation and one people without looting, stealing, kidnapping, bombing, bribery etc

  15. NG

    June 5, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    This may be for good. Fact is at some point, if we keep at things, we will start outgrowing our teething problems as a nation, including frivolities that help nobody. Hope we are taking a nice turn for good as a nation.

    Let us keep vigilant to ensure these are not just cosmetics to hoodwink the gullible. Let us give benefits of diubt until the contrary is shown.

  16. Bj Joy

    June 5, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Anyway no too much talk .as citizens of abia state we need to support him with prayers. For he can do nothing without God who strengthens him. He’s only a human.

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