FORMER President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience; Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, were among top Nigerians who stormed Minna, the Niger State capital, on Friday, for the wedding of a daughter of former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida.
Various dignitaries comprising serving and former governors, members of the National Assembly, retired Generals and captains of industry, came into the city yesterday in 26 private jets. The police and the air force also deployed four aircraft for the ceremony.
Business moguls, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Dr Mike Adenuga Jr, Mr Tony Elumelu; members of the Federal Executive Council – Ministers of Interior Abdulrahman Danbazzau and Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali – as well as Minister of State for Solid Mineral Development, Abubakar Bwari; National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu; former Vice President Namadi Sambo; Alhaji Yisa Funtua, a cousin to President Muhammadu Buhari; a former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and a Lagos socialite, Chief (Mrs) Abiola Dosunmu, were among the personalities who witnessed the ceremony at the Hilltop home of General Babangida in Minna.
Governors Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Ahmed Abdulfatah (Kwara), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Rochas Okorocha (Imo) and factional national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi were in attendance.
General Babangida had given out Halima, the last child of the family, to a businessman, Alhaji Auwal Abdullahi, the Sarkin Sudan of Gombe.
The groom paid a bride price of N500,000 and 10 cows.
Sheikh Wahab Wushishi conducted the wedding, while Lieutenant-General Muhammed Inuwa Wushishi (retd) performed the symbolic ceremony of handing over Halimat, at 2.45 p.m., in marriage to Abdullahi.
The groom’s family was led by the Gombe State governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, who received the bride on behalf of the groom.
A special prayer by Sheikh Kabiru Gombe was offered for the couple.
He stressed the significance of marriage in Islam and called on the bride to be submissive and loyal to her husband.
Other guests at the ceremony were former Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim; Alhaji Mahmud Yayale Ahmed, also a former Secretary of the Government of the Federation; a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Kutigi; Senator Ben Obi, Senator Ben Bruce, Air Vice Marshal Ibrahim Haruna and Chairman, IBB Golf Club, Alhaji Sani Zangon Daura.
Others were Senator Aliyu Wamakko; a former governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda; a former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, a former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema; a former governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Abubakar Dakingari; a former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu; a former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa; a former governor of Zamafara State, Alhaji Mahmud Shinkafi and Mrs Josephine Anenih.
General Aliyu Gusau, who served several times as National Security Adviser; a former PDP National Secretary, Dr Okwezili Nwodo; a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Modibbo Umar; the Oluwo Kuta, Oba Hamid Adekunle, also attended the ceremony.
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