The governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has queried the emir of Misau, Ahmed Sulaiman, for allegedly organizing what was seen as a politically themed conference in his domain.
The conference, which was considered by the associates of the governor as “anti-PDP conference”, was held on July 2 in Misau, with Emirs of Keffi and Nasarawa, Shehu Yamusa and Ibrahim Jibrin respectively, in attendance.
Also in their company was a former governor of Nasarawa State and a serving APC senator, Abdullahi Adamu.
Mr Sulaiman was appointed emir of Misau on August 27, 2015, following the death of the 10th Emir of Misau, Muhammadu Manga III, on August 17, 2015.
He was previously a Secretary to the State Government and Head of Service (1996 to 1999), after which he retired from the service. On July 3, 2015, he was appointed Secretary to the State Government for the second time, a position he held until his appointment as the 11th Emir of Misau by then APC-led administration of Mohammed Abubakar.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the embattled emir had written to the state government, notifying the governor about his plan to organize a conference on the role of traditional institutions in governance about a month ago.
Sources said the state government did not reply to the monarch’s letter.
“The emir thought the refusal of the state government to reply to the letter was a consent, so he went ahead to organize the conference, with some emirs in attendance,” a source familiar with the development told DAILY NIGERIAN.
“During the conference, some of the speakers criticized the PDP for undermining the role of traditional institutions and subverting democracy in the country. The governor saw this as an affront to the PDP-led administration in the state.”
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the governor was also furious that the visiting monarchs did not visit him at the Government House before proceeding to Misau for the conference.
“But for the prompt intervention of some notable personalities, the emir would have been dethroned on Monday,” another source told our reporter.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that on Monday a delegation of lobbyists had met the governor to extend the emir’s apology and beg him not to dethrone the monarch.
When contacted for comment on the matter, spokesman for the governor, Mukhtar Gidado, said he was not briefed on the matter.
The emir’s past ‘misdeeds’
In July last year, Governor Bala Mohammed suspended the emir over a clash between farmers and herders.
The deadly clash in Zadawa community of Misau led to the death of nine people, with many sustaining injuries.
The governor announced the suspension of the emir while setting up a committee to investigate the cause of the clash.
The district head of the area as well as ward heads were also suspended by the governor. Also suspended was the caretaker chairman of the LGA and other officials after accusing them of negligence.
Four months after the suspension, the state government reinstated the emir after tendering an apology to the governor.
An administrative panel that investigated the clashes indicted the monarch for dereliction of duty, which fuelled and escalated the fatal crisis in his domain.
The panel recommended that the emir be warned, made to tender a written apology and be recalled back to the throne.