How Bauchi Ministry Influenced Removal of Traditional Title Holder for ‘Disrespecting’ Gov Bala

Bauchi State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in a memo sent to the emirate council ordered the removal of Bello Kirfi as Wazirin Bauchi over alleged disloyalty to Governor Bala Mohammed.

Dr. Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu, the Emir of Bauchi, however, bowed to the government’s bid and approved Kirfi’s removal from the emirate council and as a traditional titled holder of ‘Wazirin Bauchi.’

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The Emir in a dismissal letter dated January 3 and signed by the Bauchi Emirate Council Secretary, Shehu Muhammad, confirmed that Kirfi’s removal was influenced by the state government through the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

“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 30 December 2022,” the emir referenced to a letter sent from the ministry. “The content of the said letter indicated your disloyalty and disrespect to the Executive Governor of the State and the government. It is therefore directed for your removal with immediate effect.”

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“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 endeavours,” the letter read further.

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WikkiTimes understand that Kirfi’s removal may be connected to his romance with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar. Kirfi had supported Atiku against Bala during the party’s convention.

Governor Bala had earlier threatened to sabotage Atiku’s victory for identifying with some party stalwarts who planned to frustrate his reelection.


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