Top Nigerian politicians yesterday cast aside the bitterness engendered by the February/March 2019 elections to reunite at the wedding Fatiha of the son of a former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu. Mahmud Ribadu tied the nuptial knot with Hajiya Aminatu Ismaila at Al-Nur Mosque,Abuja.
The audience watched in amazement as the politicians, businessmen and others chatted freely and exchanged banters at the event. Resplendent in different attires, mostly Babanriga (big flowing dresses peculiar in the Northern part), the political bigwigs were the cynosures of all.
A few others, who were investigated in the past by EFCC, came to share the moment with Ribadu. Apparently humbled by the huge turnout of dignitaries,Ribadu only managed to mutter to all dignitaries, “Thank you sir, thank you sir”. Those who stole the show were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Africa’s foremost businessman, Alh. Aliko Dangote, governors and others.
The presence of ex-VP Atiku Abubakar shocked many dignitaries but the former number two man was cheerful and at peace in greeting APC leaders at the event.
The duo of Atiku Abubakar and Yemi Osinbajo were seen chatting and smiling. Another highpoint of the wedding was the warm embrace between Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu putting paid to speculations about their relationship. Communications and Digital Economy Minister Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami astounded the audience with his uncommon recitation of the Quran. Some in the audience hailed him as “Sheikh, Ustaz” among others.