•As He Marries Emir ADO BAYERO’s Daughter, ZAHRA
Last week Thursday 19th and Friday, 20th of August will not be forgotten in a hurry in the minds of many who attended the show-stopping wedding of President Buhari’s only son, Yusuf to Northern monarch, Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasir Ado Bayero’s daughter, Zahra.
The high-class traditional engagement known as Kamu in Hausa and classy reception witnessed the who is who from the political class, the academia, the business class as well as associates of the President and the Emir. The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Bayero who is the elder brother of the bride’s father also played a huge role at the wedding. City People Society Editor, TAYO OYEDIJI serves you gists from the Royal presidential wedding.
WHY THE WEDDING HAD A MIX OF ROYAL/ PRESIDENTIAL TOUCH
Many would have thought the wedding of the President’s son would attract all the trappings of the society and that was what really played out. The wedding which was although classy in all ramifications saw the entourage of many bigwigs in the political class who stormed Kano, home of the Bayeros. Recall that the news of Yusuf’s wedding to Zahra Bayero emerged on social media a few months back and since then plans had been ongoing as the Bayeros were set to receive their inlaws, the Buhari’s at their home in Bichi, Kano State. The ceremony started with Kamu, followed by pre-wedding dinner, then wedding Fathia and presidential dinner.
HERE COMES THE COUPLE, YUSUF AND ZAHRA
The stars of the day were Yusuf and Zahra. They both had a swell time as many of their families and friends came together to celebrate with them.
Yusuf was born on April 23 in the 1990s. He is a graduate of the University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom, and completed his National Youth Service Corps Programme (NYSC) in 2019. The lovebirds were said to have met each other in the United Kingdom where the president’s son finished his undergraduate studies. Zahra is a graduate of architecture from Brighton University in the UK. Yusuf Buhari currently holds the title, The Taliban Daura which is a top traditional position in the Daura Emirate of Katsina State.
THEIR LOVE STORY REVEALED
For such kids of high net worth individuals, their love story are most interesting as the rich dines with the rich. Yusuf and Zahra’s love story started way back since their University days. Their love affair started off in the UK and for close to 6 years before they finally tied the knot.
BETWEEN PRESIDENT BUHARI AND WIFE, AISHA
One of President Buhari and his wife, Aisha’s fulfilment is to see their children celebrate good things and this happened last weekend when their only son, Yusuf got married. It was pure joy as the first family were joined by their family and friends to celebrate their joy. This is coming a year after their daughter, Hanan got married to Turad, the stepson of ex-Milad, Gen. Buba Marwa.
PRESIDENT BUHARI FLEW IN FROM LONDON
Despite that the president staged his son’s wedding this weekend, it never disturbed his artenary to check some important personalities he deemed fit. Just about 48 hours from his son’s wedding, he was seen with APC national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu where he went to London to wish him the quickest recovery and then touch down Adamawa State to commiserate with the Adamawa governor before proceeding to Kano for his son’s wedding.
VP OSINBAJO STOOD SOLIDLY BEHIND THE PRESIDENT
One significant thing seen at the wedding was how the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo stood solidly behind the president at his son’s wedding. In fact, the VP lived up to expectations as he was always at a close shot with the president. They flew in the same Air Force one to Kano and was also together in the private jet that flew them to the Emir of Bichi’s palace. They remained inseparable all through the wedding ceremony.
HOW KANO CAME TO LIVE PRESIDENTIALLY
Kano, the venue for the much anticipated high-octane event, witnessed an influx of thousands of guests. Former and incumbent governors, ministers, lawmakers, judges, businessmen, diplomats, relatives, friends, groups, among other well-wishers from within and outside Nigeria attended the wedding. It was very grand in all ramifications. Kano was under heavy security ahead of President Buhari’s trip. The ceremony took place in the afternoon after Friday prayers. The wedding Fathia took place inside the Emir of Bichi’s palace.
OVER 50 PRIVATE JETS FLEW INTO KANO
What do you expect when almost all the guests at the wedding ceremony are all important VIPs, and this was why Kano Airport was littered with over 30 private jets which flew in all the VVIPs. It was like there was a jet parade at the airport.
FORMER PRES. GOODLUCK JONATHAN HONOURED PRES. BUHARI
For those who think, ex-president Goodluck Jonathan’s relevance is over, this wedding should convince you that the ex-President shares a close tie with the President. He has been seen several times at Aso Rock to visit the president and also has a positive relationship with APC despite that he is still in PDP. Even the president has bestowed on the ex-president a peacekeeping mission responsibility all over the globe. He was at the wedding Fathia and in a convoy of President Buhari.
ALIKO DANGOTE, ATIKU ABUBARKA, OONI OF IFE, GAMBIA FIRST LADY SPOTTED
At the wedding to honour the president are The former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, former Niger president, Mahamadou Isoufou, Governor Kayode Fayemi, Gov. Ganduje, Gambia First Lady, Fatoumata Ban Barrow, wife of the Gambian ambassador to Nigeria, Bintou Njei, Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Hon. Shaaba, Alhaji Mohammed Indimi, Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi and others
HOW 145 MEN PLANNED THE WEDDING
It will interest you to know that despite there is an event planner which planned the wedding, there was also a mega planner in terms of those who made everything happen by being in charge of important personalities and all logistics. It was gathered The Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasir Ado Bayero, father of the bride had given his approval, for the organisation and inauguration of a 145-man committee to ensure that the wedding ceremony does not meet any obstacle or complication along the way. The information was made known by Garba Shehu, Buhari’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, where he noted that the presidency constituted the delegation to be led by Ibrahim Gambari, his chief of staff. Shehu disclosed that the delegation included Bashir Magashi, Minister of Defence; Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture; Hadi Sirika, Minister for Aviation; and Suleiman Hussein Adamu, Minister for Water Resources. The presidential aide also said members of the delegation would stay back after the wedding to represent the president at the coronation of the Emir at Bichi the next day.
WHAT’S BETWEEN PRESIDENT BUHARI AND THE BRIDE’S FATHER?
The bride’s father, Alhaji Nasir Ado Bayero is one of the big shots in the north. He is a close confidant of the president. We gathered he shares a close friendship with the Emir’s uncle. He is from the Northern Emirate and an Emir to say. He is the Emir of Bichi, a town in Kano State. Bayero had experience working with Continental Merchant Bank Nigeria, he later moved to Coastal Corporation in Houston, Texas and then Hamlet Investment Ltd London. He is the chairman of Enclo Limited and 9 Mobile Nigeria. On 9 March 2019, Bayero ascended the throne following his brother Aminu Ado Bayero’s appointment as the 15th Emir of Kano.
FIRST LADY, AISHA BUHARI GAINED A NEW FRIEND
In what can be termed a loving union between their children, Nigeria’s first lady, Aisha Buhari has indeed gained another new family in the Bayeros as her son got married to Emir of Bichi’s daughter. She also gained a new friend in the bride’s mother, Alhaja Nasir Ado Bayero. They were both excited as their children were joined together in matrimony.
EMIR OF KANO, AMINU ADO BAYERO’S GODFATHER ROLE
One will wonder why the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero is also important in the scheme of things at the Royal presidential wedding. Let’s gist you that the bride’s father, Nasir Ado Bayero is the younger brother to the emir of Kano. The bride’s father rules a small town of Kano known as Bichi as its Emir. In fact, when the news of the wedding filtered town, it was gathered that recently, a powerful delegation to ask for permission for the wedding to go ahead, visited the Emir Aminu Ado Bayero in Kano, it was a committee of 7 governors which was led by the Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa.
THE BUHARI SISTERS WERE NOT LEFT OUT
The pretty Buhari sisters are daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari. They were all present at their only brother’s wedding alongside their spouses.
MEET THE PRETTY BAYERO SISTERS
Up north, there are rich and beautiful ladies. Some of them are the sisters of the Bride, Zahra Ado Bayero, they were numbered up to 5 at the wedding. They all wore a lovely and colourful Ankara Attire for the Kamu wedding and beautiful lace for the wedding proper.
HOW ENCHANTED AND JBASS EVENTS TRANSFORMED EMIRS PALACE
How do you expect the venue of the wedding, Emir of Bichi’s palace to look like when the daughter of the Emir is getting married to the president’s son? Out of this world should we say. This was brought to bear when 2 popular decorators and event companies, Enchanted events and JBASS events were contracted to beautify the wedding. The decoration was simply “beautiful”. Both planners have been the toast of many celebrities for their events, especially in the North. The CEO of Enchanted events is Ugochi Nwachukwu.
MANY NORTHERN BEAUTIES STORMED KANO
The wedding was not devoid of the attendance of many northern beauties as they all trooped out to celebrate with the couple. Some were Hauwa Jidda, Zarah, Fatima, Noor, Hanan Buhari, the Shagari sisters, Maryam and Zainab Nasir Bayero, Mariya Sanusi, Nabila Bayero, Ruqayya Bayero, Yasmin Daura, Fatima Aliyu, Mubaraka El Rufai, Halima Buhari Sheriff, Salma Shagari, the Dangote sisters, Halima and Fatima and others.
THE PRESIDENTS DAUGHTERS STEPPED OUT
The wedding of Yusuf Buhari brought out the daughters of Nigeria’s first family. President Buhari has many daughters who are beautiful and doing well. Amongst some of them who glowed at the wedding were the most popular of them all, Zahra, Aisha, Halima, Hadiza, Safinat and Zulaihat.
THE MANY MILLIONS SPENT ON THE WEDDING
To say millions were spent on the wedding is simply stating the obvious. All the things used for the wedding were purely luxury, no wonder everything speaks affluence.
SOME FIRST LADIES ON PARADE
What do you expect when Nigeria’s first lady is celebrating? All the first ladies will automatically step out. Though due to the distance, many could not make the party but the few that went had a great time.
IT WAS A DAY ASO ROCK WAS ON HOLIDAY
What do you expect when the number 1 man in Nigeria is having an event? Definitely, major offices will be closed and many officers will be at the party. This was put to bear at the nuptials as many people especially from Aso-Rock who are office holders whether politically or appointed honoured the President. The Chief of Staff led many of the Ministers, director generals of parastatals and other officials from the seat of power to honour their boss.
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