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Former Minister Bello Kirfi stripped off his traditional title for ‘Disrespecting Bauchi Governor’ – Instablog9ja

The Bauchi Emirate Council has removed elder statesman Alhaji (Dr) Muhammadu Bello Kirfi as Council Member and traditional tittle of Wazirin Bauchi for disloyalty and disrespect to the State Governor Bala Mohammed.

This was contained in a letter dated January 3, 2023, from the Bauchi Emirate Council. Recall that Kirfi was suspended as the Wazirin Bauchi by the Emir of Bauchi, Dr Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu in 2017 but was subsequently reinstated by Governor Mohammed who presented the letter of reinstatement at Kirfi’s residence in Bauchi on August 5, 2022 .

Kirfi served as Minister of State Foreign Affairs under President Shehu Shagari and also Minister of Special Duties during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

According to the letter of the removal with reference number, BEC/ADM/20/VOL.XV from the Bauchi Emirate Council dated 3rd January 2023 addressed to Alh. (Dr) Muhammadu Bello Kirfi GRA, Bauchi is titled, ‘Removal From Office as a Council Member and Traditional Title of Wazirin Bauchi.’

The terse letter signed by the Emirate Council Secretary, Alh. Shehu Mudi Muhammad 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.”

It further contained,” 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.”

It concluded, “Given the above, you are hereby removed from office as Wazirin Bauchi and also as a Council Member of Bauchi Emirate. I wish you the best in all your future endeavours.”