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Bauchi Emirate strips former minister, Bello Kirfi of his traditional title over alleged disloyalty and disrespect to Governor Bala

Jan 4, 2023

The Bauchi Emirate Council has approved the removal of Alhaji Muhammadu Bello Kirfi as the Wazirin Bauchi, over alleged disloyalty and disrespect to the State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed.

 

The removal was conveyed in a letter signed by the Secretary of the Bauchi Emirate Council, Alh. Shehu Mudi Muhammad.

 

The letter dated Tuesday, January 3, 2023 and titled: “Removal from office as a Council Member and Traditional Title of Wazirin Bauchi.” reads: “I am directed to refer to a letter received from the Ministry of Local Government Affairs of reference No: MLG/LG/S/72/T dated 30th December 2022,” 

 

“The content of the said letter indicated your disloyalty and disrespect to the Executive Governor of the State and the government. It, therefore, directed for your removal with immediate effect

 

“In view of the above, you are hereby removed from office as Wazirin Bauchi and also as a Council Member of Bauchi Emirate.”

 

Kirfi, a retired federal civil servant, was a Minister in the government of Alhaji Shehu Shagari in the 1980s, and also the Pro-Chancellor, University of Ilorin from 1997-99.

 

He also became Minister of Special Duties during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo in the 2000s.

 

This is the second time that Kirfi is being penalised by the Emirate.

 

He was suspended by former Bauchi Governor, Mohammad Abubakar but was subsequently restored by Governor Bala Mohammed. 

 

An insider who pleaded anonymity claimed that Kirfi, an ally of Abubakar Atiku, the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP allegedly had a clandestine meeting with some stakeholders of the party from the 20 local governments of the state in the forthcoming general election.

 

Kirfi was alleged to have told those at the meeting to vote for Atiku for President and the All Progressives Congress, APC gubernatorial candidate, Air Marshal Saddique Abubakar, for Governor.

 

Bauchi Emirate strips former minister, Bello Kirfi of his traditional title over alleged disloyalty and disrespect to Governor Bala