Nigerians are a great people and they have a funny way of naming things
and people. They have a name for everything under the sun. For example,
they call motorcycles, Okada.
They are very good at giving
nicknames to things andeven humans. The nicknames they give to people
are usually as a result of something, maybe an event.Most of the time,
these nicknames eventually replacethe real names.Most Nigerian governors
have already been given nicknames and below are some of the funny names
they are being addressed as.
1. Akinwumi Ambode: He is the
governor of Lagos state and has been nicknamed ‘Quilox’, which is one of
Nigeria’s most celebrated nightclubs. He was given this name because
he’s said to frequently patronize the expensive nightclub. This came to
the limelight after someone spotted him at the popular nightclub
sometime in 2015 after he was sworn in as governor.
Aregbesola: He is the governor of Osun state and is mostly referred to
as ‘Ogbeni’. He took up the title of Ogbeni, the Yoruba word for mister
in 2010. Heis also fondly called ‘Baba Kabiru’ owing to the fact that
his first child is named Kabiru.
3. Ayodele Fayose: The governor
of Ekiti state is mostly referred to as the ‘Stomach
Infrastructure’governor because he believes in feeding his people and is
always sharing food items. He is the most controversial governor.
Fayose made the term, stomach infrastructure popular in Nigeria’s
4. Abiola Ajimobi:The governor of
Oyo state is called‘Eji’because of his gap-tooth. The word ‘EJi’ is the
Yoruba translation of gap-tooth.
5. Rochas Okorocha:Some
Igbos call the Imo state governo ‘Okoro Hausa’ because they are of the
opinion that he has given himself to Hausa Fulani as an instrument of
destruction against the restoration of Biafra and for the total
islamization of Biafra land.
6. Ifeanyi Okowa:The Delta state
governor is referredto as‘Opolo Eye’by some people. This is because he
has big eye balls. “Opolo” is the Yoruba translation for toad.
Mallam Nasir El Rufai:The Kaduna state governor is referred to as‘Mai
Rusau’ and ‘Hell-Rufai’which means The Demolisher. This is because of
his actions when he was Nigeria’s FCT Minister and there were so many
demolitions in Abuja and likewisein Kaduna where he is the current state
8. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi:The governor of Enugu state got
the name‘Cry Cry Baby’,following his shedding of tears when hevisited
Ukpabi, Nimbo, in Uzo-Uwani local government area of the state after
they were attacked by Fulani herdsmen.
9. Abdulfatah Ahmed:the Kwara state governor is called‘Omoodo Saraki’(Saraki’s House Boy).
Abdullahi Ganduje:The governor of Kano state is referred to by
residents of the state as‘Mijin Hajiya’ and ‘Me Barci’.Mijin Hajiya
because of his wife’s influence on him or Me barci because he frequently
sleeps in public functions.
11. Rotimi Amaechi:The former Rivers
state governor was given the name ‘Lion of Ubima’ following his fallout
with ex-president Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party.
Some also referred to him as the ‘Judas of Ubima’ for betraying Jonathan
and teaming up with the ruling AllProgressives Congress.
Adebayo Alao-Akala:The former governor of Oyo state was called
the‘Bleaching governor’during his tenure because of his obvious light
13. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu: The former governor
of Lagos state is better known as ‘Jagaban’, a title which has gained
prominence, especially among his numerous followers and political
14. Abdulfatah Ahmed:the Kwara state governor is called “MAIGIDA or Saraki stooge”
15. Simon Lalong of plateau state is not left out as since inauguration he has been given a nickname associated with a brand of drink “33 or One Tenure”