Ex-Minister Stripped Of Traditional Title For Disrespecting Governor

The Bauchi Emirate Council has revoked the traditional title of a former Minister of Special Duties, Bello Kirfi.

Kirfi who was the “Wazirin Bauchi” was also removed as a Council Member for the second time in five years.  

The development was reportedly linked to his alleged “disloyalty and disrespect” to Governor Bala Mohammed.

Kirfi, a retired civil servant served as Minister during the administration of Shehu Shagari in the 1980s, and also the Pro-Chancellor, University of Ilorin from 1997-99.

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

His removal was contained in a letter issued by the Secretary of the Bauchi Emirate Council, Alh. Shehu Mudi Muhammad titled “Removal from office as a Council Member and Traditional Title of Wazirin Bauchi.”

Governor Bala Mohammed

According to the letter, the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state informed the Emirate Council of Kirfi’s “disloyalty and disrespectful” to the governor, hence his removal from office.

Muhammad said: “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.”

Recall that Kirfi was suspended by the Bauchi Emirate Council in March 2017 by the then-governor, Mohammed Abubakar.

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The Information officer of the Emirate Council, Salmanu Lame, had, in a statement that was made available to journalists, said the suspension which was for his alleged “disloyalty and unruly behaviour,” was with immediate effect.

However, three years later, following the intervention of Governor Bala Mohammed and wider consultations with stakeholders and the Emirate, in particular, the Emir of Bauchi lifted the suspension in August 2020.

The governor personally visited the elder statesman in his house and presented him with the letter reinstating him as the Wazirin Bauchi where he applauded him for his patriotism, commitment and sportsmanship, especially his efforts in the protection of the rights of Bauchi indigenes and Nigerians in general.

Source: Punch

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