It was a gathering of who is who in Nigeria during the recent wedding of the President’s daughter to one of the States Governors. This would be the second wedding of the President’s daughter to a state Governor.
Yar’Adua gave out his daughter, Nafisa, in marriage to Bauchi State Governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda at a ceremony in the Yar’Adua family house along Nagogo road within the Yar’Adua quarters of Katsina City.
The wedding was conducted by the Chief Imam of Katsina, Alhaji Lawal.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his deputy, former Vice-President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, publicly displayed their newfound romance on Saturday at the wedding of President Umaru Yar’Adua’s daughter in Katsina.
Obasanjo and Abubakar drove in the same vehicle to the ceremony which attracted several leading members of the Nigerian political and business society.
Former military President Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, who was present at the occasion, was equally in the same vehicle which also conveyed Yar’Adua and Vice-President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to the venue around 3:30 pm.
Senate President, Sen. David Mark, and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, were also in attendance.
Also in attendance were some former chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, including former Minister of Works and Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, Chief Tony Anenih, former Senate President, and Adolphus Wabara, former governor of Rivers, Peter Odili, erstwhile Senator and former governorship aspirant in Imo State, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and former Transport Minister, Dr. Abiye Sekibo.
However, not all the 36 state governors attended the lavish ceremony.
State governors present at the occasion include those of Sokoto, Niger, Kano, Osun, Kogi, Kwara, Adamawa and Borno states.
The deputy governors of Yobe and Kebbi represented their governors.
Some former governors and members of the Federal Executive Council were also present.
These include the former Governor of Jigawa State, Senator Saminu Turaki, and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Yayale and the Chief Economic Adviser to the president, Tanimu Kurfi.
Others include the Minister of Defence Ibrahim Shetima; Minister of Agriculture and Water resources, Abba Ruma; Minister of State for Petroleum, Odein Ajumogobia; Minister of State for Information and Communications, Ikira Aliyu; National Security Adviser Gen. Abdullahi Seriki Mukhtar.
Also present was the former Governor of Kano State Alhaji Abubakar Rimi, Nigeria Ambassador to South Africa, Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd) ; former Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mohammed Uwais; the immediate past Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Abubakar Yar’Adua, and PDP chieftain, Chief Olabode George.
Former Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Coomasie, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, and Chief Kenny Martins of the Police Equipment Fund fame were also in attendance.
Members of the Nigerian business community including Alhaji Aliko Dangote were also in attendance.