Alhaji Muhammadu Bello Kirfi’s ouster as the Wazirin Bauchi has been authorised by the Bauchi Emirate Council due to allegations of disloyalty and contempt toward Senator Bala Mohammed, the State Governor.
The removal was announced in a letter from Alh. Shehu Mudi Muhammad, Secretary of the Bauchi Emirate Council.
Removal from office as a Council Member and Traditional Title of Wazirin Bauchi is the subject of a letter dated January 3, 2023, which begins: “I am requested to refer to a letter obtained from the Ministry of Local Government Affairs of reference No: MLG/LG/S/72/T dated 30th December 2022.
Your disloyalty and disrespect for the state executive governor and the administration were made clear by the letter’s content. Therefore, it instructed for your quick removal.
“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.