Emir of Bauchi suspends rep member as Wakilin Birnin Bauchi over mode of dressing

Yakubu Abdullahi

The Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, has suspended a member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi as the traditional title holder of Wakilin Birnin Bauchi indefinitely.

Yakubu Abdullahi is representing Bauchi Federal Constituency in the lower chamber of the National Assembly on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The suspension was conveyed to him through a three-paragraph letter, with reference number BEC/ADM/20/VOL.X, dated 16th May 2021 and signed by the Secretary, Bauchi Emirate Council, Nasiru Musa Maidala.

The letter, written in Hausa language, on Sunday night, said the lawmaker was suspended for his “unbecoming behaviour”, which was regarded by the Emirate Council as a disrespect to the Emir of Bauchi, district and village heads, as well as other traditional title holders in the Emirate.

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It said, “After thorough deliberation by the Emirate Council on your actions which are disrespectful to the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, you are hereby suspended as the Wakilin Birnin Bauchi indefinitely until further notice.’’

The letter referred to what happened at the Government House, Bauchi, on Saturday during the annual Hawan Daushe held to pay Sallah homage to the state governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, by the Emir and all the traditional rulers in the emirate.

It stated that the Emirate Council faulted Abdullahi’s mode of dressing in the presence of the Emir, district and village heads, as well as other traditional title holders, adding that the council viewed this as grave misconduct and disrespect to constituted authorities.

‘’The emirate council said appearing in Alkebba (a kind of regal robe) and Kandiri (a kind of staff) before the emir is disrespectful.’’

“[The council] cited examples of how you appeared before emirs in Alkebba (a kind of regal robe) and Kandiri (a kind of staff), despite being cautioned against this.

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