How IBB gave out daughter for marriage
.Inlaw paid N.5m, 10 cows
By Ummi Ismaeel, Minna
The former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB), on Friday, May 12, 2017, gave out his youngest daughter, Halima, in marriage to her Gombe State heartthrob, Awwal Lawal Abdullahi, for N500, 000 and 10 cows as dowry.
Security was tightened as early as 7am on all the roads leading to the Uphill Mansion of the former military president as vehicles plying the roads were thoroughly searched and every available space within and outside the residence filled to capacity with visitors and vehicles before 1pm ahead of the wedding prayer scheduled for 2:30pm.
The early callers for the wedding were the immediate past President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, and wife, Patience. Others are Jigawa State former PDP governor, Sule Lamido; Delta State former Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan; Sokoto State former governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafawara; Bauchi State ex-governor, Isah Yuguda; Mahmud Shinkafi; Katsina State former governor, Ibrahim Shema; Abubakar Dakingari, Professor Monday Osunbor, and Ogun State former governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
Other personalities include businessman, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; General Garba Duba (rtd), Senator Magoro, Olu of Kuta, Oba Hamid Adekunle, former PDP Spokesman, Professor Alkali; Gen. Aliyu Gusau, Senator Ben Obi, Chairman, UBA, Tony Elumelu, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo; wife of Ooni of Ife, Olori, Wuraola Ogunwusi, the former FCT Minister, Alhaji Modibo, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed and Senator Sanusi Dagash.
Former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Niger State ex- governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu; former Chief Justice, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, AVM Hamza Abdullahi, the son of the former Military President, Alhaji Mohammed Abacha, and his wife; Anambra State former Governor, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, and former Minister of Works, Mike Onolemenme.
Marriage rites for Halima and Lawal started at exactly 2:30pm when some dignitaries led by General M I Wushishi; Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, and others left the sitting room of IBB for the family house mosque to carryout prayers for the couple.
Wushishi gave out the daughter, Halima Babangida, to the family of the husband and she was received on behalf of the groom and the family by the Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Hassan Dankwambo, after the payment of N500, 000 and 10 cows as dowry.
Prayer for the couple was led by Sheikh Habib Wushishi, the Chief Imam of Wushishi in Wushishi Local Government Area.
As the prayer was going on, more dignitaries arived. The include Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed El-Rufai; Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, Defence Minister, Maj-Gen Mansur Dan-Ali; Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, National leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu; Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Senator Dino Melaye, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, the Emir of Minna, Dr. Umar Farouq Bahago, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, Simon Lalong of Plateau State, Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and Senator Shehu Sani.
The former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubarkar, and his wife, Justice Lami Abubarkar, and Governor Abubarkar Sani Bello of Niger State were also on hand to play host to dignitaries from across the country that came to celebrate with the IBB family.
Dinning and winning for the dignitaries after the wedding Fatiha took place in three locations, including the IBBs residence and at the El-Amin International School which is few metres away from their official residence.