Two months after Zahra Buhari’s wedding, the Presidency in a bid to defend its alleged ‘ostentatious’ spending at the ceremony insists the wedding at the presidential villa, was a very modest one.
President Buhari’s daughter, Zahra got married to Mohammed Indimi in December 2016, in a series of celebrations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja and Maiduguri, Borno state.
Speaking during a recent radio interview, the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who was the Master of Ceremony at Zahra’s wedding luncheon, said pictures from the wedding are deceptive as the wedding was not extravagant. He said:
“Yes you saw pictures but pictures can be deceptive, pictures will not give you the exact impression, it doesn’t communicate the exact thing that happened. I was at that wedding. I was the master of ceremony at the wedding launch. Despite the fact that it was the president’s daughter’s wedding, I will say it was modest.
If you know our President, you will know that there is no ostentatious bone in his body. That wedding luncheon was modest for a sitting president. I don’t like to compare but we were here when President Jonathan’s daughter got married. You know the number of cars that she got, 80“.
Femi Adesina adds that he is not aware if Zahra got any cars as a wedding gift because he didn’t see one, stressing that if at all any flamboyance was exhibited at the wedding, it must have been from the family of Zahra’s husband, the Indimi’s who are very wealthy.
Recall that a few days to Zahra Buhari’s wedding, Presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu had released a statement insisting the funds used to organize the wedding ceremony were family funds and from personal aides.
Shehu said as much as the family wants to make their daughter happy they, however, did not intend to make it a royal wedding, adding that the President’s family were trying hard to keep it as simple as possible.
During the wedding Lalle, Fatiha, lunch event, the President had asked to be given the bill for the food at the banquet, saying government had no business paying for that.
After President Buhari said the bill should be treated as private, his family and personal aides put the money together to foot the bill. Interestingly, the Presidency revealed that no government money was used in invitation cards, souvenirs or Aso-Ebi.
Believe it or yes, we bring to mind the fact that the wedding ceremony was between billionaire businessman Mohammed Indimi’s son and Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari’s second daughter which had
guests ranging from industrial giants to political heavyweights gracing the event.
In recent times, Zahra Buhari’s wedding to Ahmed Indimi, has been regarded as one of the most controversial in the country.
This has been attributed to facts like the wedding date which was reportedly shifted twice. Also, but for the First Lady, Hajia Aisha Buhari’ plea, coupled with the quick intervention of some powerful northern elite, the wedding would have been called off, particularly after an order by the President who was not pleased with the buzz it was then generating on social media.