Over 70 private jets landed in Kano over the weekend to fly guests attending wedding fatiha of President’s son Yusuf Buhari and Emir of Bichi’s daughter Zahra Bayero at Bichi Central Mosque.
Over 70 private jets landed in Kano yesterday in which they've attended the wedding fatiha of President's son Yusuf Buhari and Emir of Bichi's daughter Zahra Bayero at Bichi Central Mosque. pic.twitter.com/ZRYkWcqV6D
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Days earlier the bride and groom had treated their friends to pre-wedding festivities with a special Polo tournament and the bride turned heads at a ‘Frozen’ themed bridal shower.
Yusuf is President Buhari’s only son. The newlyweds met in the UK where they both studied.
Among prominent Nigerians who attended the opulent ceremony on Saturday were the country’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former President Goodluck Jonathan, and Buhari’s main challenger in the 2019 election Atiku Abubukar.
Popular Islamic cleric, Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, fiercely criticized the show of opulence by the Nigerian ruling class at the wedding.
“Somebody told me private jets in Nigeria were all hired for the wedding of Buhari’s son… Some people are in captivity in the bushes and cities. Hunger is everywhere. People are facing all manner of problems, yet politicians spent public funds on private jets,” Gumi was quoted in local media.
According to media reports, a bride price of 500,000 naira (around $1,200) was paid to the bride’s family by the groom’s — a huge sum for many families in the impoverished northern region.