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Ex-minister stripped of traditional title for disrespecting Bauchi Gov

Elder statesman and former Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji Muhammadu  Kirfi, has been stripped of his traditional title for allegedly disrespecting Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

The Bauchi Emirate Council, which removed the elder statesman as Council Member and stripped him of the title of Wazirin Bauchi, also accused him of “disloyalty”.

Media reports say the letter removing Alhaji Kirfi was signed by the Council Secretary, Alhaji Shehu Muhammad, dated January 3, 2023.

“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,” the letter read in part.

“In view of 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 endeavors.”

This is not the first time Alhaji Kirfi would be suspended by the Council.

In 2017, he was suspended as the Wazirin Bauchi by the Emir of Bauchi, Dr Rilwanu  Adamu.

He was subsequently reinstated by Governor Mohammed who presented the letter of reinstatement at Alhaji Kirfi’s residence in Bauchi on August 5, 2022.

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

Meanwhile, the Bauchi State Commissioner for Cooperatives and SMEs Development, Hajiya Asma’u Kirfi has resigned less than 24 hours after her father, Alhaji Bello Kirfi was stripped of his traditional title of Wazirin Bauchi and removed as a council member by the Bauchi State Emirate Council for “disrespecting” the governor.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Local Government Affairs, Harsanu Guyaba also quit his job.

The duo tendered their resignations without providing any reasons for their action.

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Tony Okerafor