The All Progressives Congress (APC) party leaders, senators, business leaders and top executives of various state governments honoured the former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, on Saturday in Dubai where his son, Abubakar Abba Atiku, wedded his heartthrob, Mariayana Silver Abubakar, an American.
At a gala event held at the prestigious Conrad Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), 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. He congratulated Mariyana for “pinning down Abba.”
Among those present at the event were the national leader of the of APC, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff of Borno State and the Senate President, David Mark, who was represented by Senator Mohammed Bindawo Jibril.
Also present were Senator Ahmed Barata, 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 Mu’azu, that of Governor Nyako, Hajiya Zainab; the wife of former Governor Ibrahim Shekarau, Hajiya Zanab, as well as the Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, Ahmed Fintiri, who was accompanied by six members of the assembly .
Other guests included the Nigerian Ambassador to the UAE, Alhaji Ibrahim Awwalu, former Ambassador, Yahaya Kwande, former Attorney-General, Michael Aadoakaa, the former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service and Sardaunan Adamawa, Ahmed Aliyu Mustapha as well as Professor Ishaq Akintola of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC).
The groom’s family main event is scheduled for the this Saturday in Atiku’s hometown, Jada, Adamawa State.