It was a gathering of who-is-who in Nigeria yesterday, as Minna, the Niger State capital, stood still for the wedding of IBB’s daughter Halima,
Government and commercial activities were virtually brought to a halt. As early as 7:00 am, the major roads leading in and out of Minna metropolis, especially those leading to the Hilltop mansion of Babangida, were taken over by heavily armed security personnel stationed at every strategic junction and spots.
Many shops and other business premises were shut, as most traders stayed at home due to the heavy traffic congestion and unusual security in the town.
Government offices were deserted, as majority of civil servants could not return from mosques where they had gone to observe the Juma’at.
The Imam of Wushishi Central Mosque, Babangida’s hometown, Sheik Habibu Wushishi, joined the couple after the payment of the N500, 000 cash and 19 cows bride price by the groom’s family, led by Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dangwambo, who stood in as the father of the groom.
Former Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Mohammed Wushishi, gave IBB’s daughter Halima’s hand out in marriage on behalf of the family after accepting the dowry.
At least 26 private jets and four Police and Air Force aircraft landed in the city for the wedding, ferrying in various dignitaries that attended the event.
IBB and Goodluck Jonathan
Senator Bukola Saraki, greeting Ahmed Bola Tinubu
Goodluck Jonathan flanked by Bola Tinubu
Tony Elumelu greeting IBB
Halima the Bride
Others were Aliko Dangote, Tony Elemulu’ members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), including Abdulrahman Danbazzau (Interior); Mansur Dan-Ali (Defence); and Abubakar Bwari (State for Solid Mineral Development.
Also in attendance were former head of state, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar; his wife, Justice Fati Lami Abubakar; Hajiya Maryam Abacha; her son, Mohammed Abacha; Hajiya Turai Yar’Adua; former PDP governors Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta); Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto); Isah Yuguda (Bauchi); Mahmud Shinkafi (Zamfara); Ibrahim Shema (Katsina);
Source: Guardian (guardian.ng)