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Ex-minister loses traditional title for allegedly disrespecting Bauchi governor

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Former Minister of Special Duties, Alhaji (Dr) Muhammadu Bello Kirfi, has had his his title allegedly removed for disrespecting Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed.

The Bauchi Emirate Council which removed the elder statesman as Council Member and removed him from the traditional title of Wazirin Bauchi also alleged that he was not loyal.

The letter of removal signed by the Council Secretary, Alhaji Shehu Mudi Muhammad, dated January 3, 2023 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. 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 (sic),” 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 endeavours.”

TKirfi had been suspended by the Council before.

In 2017, Kirfi was suspended as the Wazirin Bauchi by the Emir of Bauchi, Dr Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu. He 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 for Foreign Affairs under President Shehu Shagari and also Minister of Special Duties during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Presidential Election: Obi leads Atiku, Tinubu, Kwankwaso in yet another survey

The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, has been placed ahead of Atiku Abubakar of the PDP and Bola Tinubu of the APC in a recently conducted survey carried out by Market Trends International (MTI) on all presidential candidates in the 2023 election. Also below Peter Obi is Rabiu Kwankwaso of the ANPP.

In a statement by the agency’s Executive Director, Victor Ebhomenye, the opinion survey conducted nationally in Nigeria, saw the former Anambra State governor having the highest favourable rating to be the next president with 44% of the respondents indicating they will vote for the LP candidate in the upcoming presidential election.

The MTI boss said this has come as a surprise to Nigerians because the Labour party and Peter Obi were completely absent in Nigerian presidential scene as at December 2021.

“Peter Obi has picked up pace in the race since he declared interest to run with the Labour Party as the party’s presidential candidate at its national convention and presidential primary in Asaba, the capital of Delta State, on Monday, 30th of May after other aspirants like former presidential adviser, Professor Pat Utomi; Faduri Joseph and Olubusola Emmanuel-Tella, stepped down.

“With Mr Obi’s emergence, the party may receive boosts to achieve lasting alliance talks with the New Nigeria Peoples Party- NNPP (this alliance is said to have collapsed at the moment); Zenith Labour Party (ZLP); Allied Peoples Movement (APM); National Rescue Movement (NRM).

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