By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, Senate President, David Mark, business moguls and top shots of the various state governments, were among the dignitaries that honoured the family of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar at the weekend in Dubai, during the wedding of his son, Abba Atiku.
At the big gala event at the prestigious Conrad Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E), the son of the former Vice President, Abba Abubakar, wedded his heartthrob, Mariyana Silver Abubakar, an American.
During the wedding ceremony, a lot of prayers were said for Nigeria in the hope that it overcomes its current difficulties.
Atiku, in a short speech, described the day as one of the most significant in his life, even as he congratulated Mariyana for “pinning down Abba”, his son.
Other high profile personalities who were present at the event were the National Chairman of APC, Bisi Akande, former Governor of Borno state, Ali Modu-Sheriff and the Senate President, who was represented by Senator Mohammed Bindawo Jibril.
Also present were Senator Ahmed Barata, former Senators Musa Adede and Rufa’i Hanga; Mrs. Aishatu Buhari, the wife of former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari; Governor Murtala Nyako, represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abba and the Secretary to the Borno state Government, Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda.
Other high profile guests included the wife of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Hajiya Amina, First Lady of Adamawa state, Hajiya Zainab Nyako, former First Lady of Kano state, Hajiya Zainab Shekarau, as well as the Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly, Ahmed Fintiri, who was accompanied by six members of the House.
Other guests included the Nigerian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirate, Alhaji Ibrahim Awwalu, former Ambassador Yahaya Kwande, former Attorney-General Michael Aondoakaa, the former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service and Sardaunan Adamawa, Ahmed Aliyu Mustapha and Professor Is’haq Akintola of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC).
The groom family’s main event is scheduled for the coming Saturday in Atiku’s hometown, Jada in Adamawa state.