Masked up reception for Mr Yusuf and Zahra Buhari [Photos]

Newlyweds Yusuf and Zahra Buhari

Newlyweds Yusuf and Zahra Buhari

By Ismaila Chafe/Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari, his wife, Aisha and the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, were among dignitaries at the luncheon organised for Yusuf and Zahra Buhari.

But in line with COVID-19 protocol, many of the guests were all masked up, with the exception of the newlyweds.

The event, which was held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was the concluding part of the marriage ceremony between the son of the President, Yusuf and his new wife, Zahra, which started on Friday.

Yusuf took Zahra, daughter of the Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Ado Bayero, as wife at a ceremony in Bichi, Kano State, on Friday.

Mr and Mrs Yusuf Buhari
Mr and Mrs Yusuf Buhari
Lawan, Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Bayero Mr and Mrs Yusuf Buhari, President Buhari and VP Yemi Osinbajo
Lawan, Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Bayero Mr and Mrs Yusuf Buhari, President Buhari and VP Yemi Osinbajo
First Lady Aisha with Dolapo Osinbajo and another guest
First Lady Aisha with Dolapo Osinbajo and another guest
Buhari, sitting left,  watches as his son and his wife walk in
Buhari, sitting left, watches as his son and his wife walk in
Some female guests all masked up
Some female guests all masked up
Masked up, but we can see Nuhu Ribadu, second right
Masked up, but we can see Nuhu Ribadu, second right
Buhari, Lawan, Gambari, Osinbajo
Buhari, Lawan, Gambari, Osinbajo
The new Mr and Mrs Yusuf Buhari
The new Mr and Mrs Yusuf Buhari
Buhari, lawan and Emir of Bichi
Buhari, lawan and Emir of Bichi

The wedding Fatiha was conducted at the Emir’s Palace with the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, presiding, after payment of N500,000, as dowry.

Alhaji Aminu Dantata stood as representative of the bride, while Alhaji Mamman Daura, stood for the bridegroom during the wedding Fatiha.

On Sunday a presidential reception was organised for the couple.

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and his wife, Dolapo, governors, other politicians and business moguls from within and outside the country attended.

Some wives of foreign heads of state were also graced the event.

Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

The father of the bride, Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Ado Bayero, some state governors were also in attendance.

Also at the event were former First Ladies; Patience Jonathan, Hajiya Turai Yar’Adua, Hajiya Maryam Abacha, First Lady of Niger Republic, Hadiza Ben Mabrouk and First Lady of Guinea Bissau, Dinisia Reis Embalo.

Some wives of state governors and the Group Managing-Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari were also sighted at the event.

The father of bride, Alhaji Nasiru Ado-Bayero, was presented with Staff of Office by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Saturday in Bichi.

And he still made the reception in Abuja.