Nigerian lawmaker suspended for ‘disrespecting’ Bauchi emir

Bauchi Emirate Council has suspended Yakubu Abdullahi for allegedly disrespecting the Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu.

Abdullahi represents Bauchi Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives. He also hold the traditional title of Wakilin Birnin.

His suspension by the emirate affects his chieftaincy title and not his work as a democratically elected rep.

The indefinite suspension was contained in a letter dated May 16, 2021, by Nasiru Musa Maidala, Secretary of the Emirate.

According to the letter, the suspension became necessary considering some “unbecoming behaviour” of the lawmaker, which amounted to disrespect to the Emir of Bauchi, district, and village heads as well as other traditional title holders in the emirate.

The letter specifically made reference to an event at the Government House on Sunday during the annual Sallah Hawan Daushe the emir and local chiefs held to pay homage to the governor.

The emirate faulted Abdullahi’s mode of dressing in the presence of the chiefs, viewing it as grave misconduct and disrespect to constituted authorities.

The letter reads: “After thorough deliberation by the Emirate Council on your actions which are disrespectful to the Emir of Bauchi, Dr Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, you are hereby suspended as the Wakilin Birnin Bauchi indefinitely until further notice.”

The Nation

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