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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Commissioner resigns hours after father was stripped of traditional title in Bauchi

Bauchi state commissioner of Cooperatives and SMEs Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Bello Kirfi, has resigned.

Her resignation was contained in a letter addressed to the Governor, Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir, through the Secretary to the State Government, Government House, Bauchi dated January 4, 2023.

It comes barely 24 hours after her father, Alhaji Muhammadu Bello Kirfi, was removed as the Wazirin Bauchi.

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It reads in part “Your Excellency, I wish to humbly tender my resignation as a member of Bauchi State Executive Council, and Hon. Commissioner Ministry of Cooperatives and SMEs Development, Bauchi State with immediate effect.

 “I wish to thank His Excellency the Executive Governor for allowing me to serve my state under your administration.”

The Bauchi Emirate Council had earlier removed Alhaji Kirfi as the Wazirin Bauchi for allegedly “disrespecting” the governor.

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.

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The letter of removal was signed by the Council Secretary, Alhaji Shehu Mudi Muhammad, dated January 3, 2023.

The letter 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.

“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.”

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