22nd August, 2021
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.
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.
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.