By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Following a successful wedding ceremony held in Sokoto at the weekend, the newly wedded couple, Abubakar Musa and Zainab Shehu Fodio, yesterday, expressed appreciation for the overwhelming support by President Muhammadu Buhari and other top dignitaries.
The appreciation which was contained in a statement signed by the couple also appreciated the huge attendance of people from all works of life who were part of their celebration.
It will be recalled that a Federal Government delegation led by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, and other members of the delegation included Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi who were in Sokoto to grace the wedding ceremony of Alhaji Abubakar Musa and Zainab Shehu Fodio.
The delegation represented President Muhammadu Buhari and delivered his goodwill message to the families of Late Alhaji Musa Abubakar and that of Ambassador Shehu Malami, during the wedding fatiha of their children.
The wedding fatiha was held at the residence of Professor Sambo Wali Junaidu, the Wazirin Sokoto.
Meanwhile, leader of the presidential delegation, Malami SAN, during a courtesy visit to the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar III, and said, “As rightly stated by His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, and His Excellency, the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Hon Waziri Aminu Tambuwal.
“His Excellency, Chairman APC Governors’ Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Sen. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, immediate past governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, former Kebbi State Governor Sen. Adamu Aliero, Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dangyadi, representatives, His Eminence, the Emir of Gwandu and other dignitaries present.
“The presidential delegation is here to represent His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR.
“The president sent us to witness this great occasion of the Wedding Fatiha of Abubakar Musa and his wife Zainab Shehu Fodio, which has just been celebrated.
“Mr President has directed us to come over specifically to express his happiness and share in your joy on this auspicious occasion of the wedding ceremony and to “further express his gratitude over all the support you have overtime been extending to his government with particular reference to security matters and associated suggestions that you have been rendering, which have proven very positive in establishing the desired peace in this our country.
The couple’s statement reads in part: “On behalf of ourselves and families, we wish to humbly and most respectfully register our appreciation to His Excellency President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, who served as Guardian (Waliy) represented by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami SAN for and on behalf of the Groom.