Kano Stands Still As Buhari Only Son, Yusuf Weds Kano Princess

All roads today lead to Bichi town, the seat of Bichi Emirate in Kano State as Yusuf Buhari, the only son of President Muhammadu Buhari, ties the knot with Zahra, the daughter of Alhaji Nasir Ado Bayero, the Emir of Bichi. The wedding, which has been the talk of the town and the subject of talks and controversies on social media for months, has been tagged the merger of presidency and royalty. The president, who just returned from work and a medical trip abroad, is expected to grace the occasion, according to the planning committee raised by the Bichi Emirate.

Princess Zahra

As such, heavy security is being expected to be deployed from Kano City, from the nation’s commercial centre to Bichi town – a distance of about 30km – for the wedding Fatiha which will be held at the Bichi Central Mosque by 1:30 pm.

In June, no fewer than seven governors visited the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, the elder brother of Zahra’s father, to formalise plans for the wedding. Following the visit, the Bichi Emirate Council set up a 145-man committee to plan both the wedding and the formal coronation ceremony of the emir, the bride’s father, scheduled for Saturday. While Yusuf needed little or no introduction, little was known of Zahra until the news of her engagement to Nigeria’s ‘first son’ broke.

The 20-year-old bride is a final year student of Architecture in a university in the United Kingdom, where she and Yusuf were said to have met. She is the second daughter of Alhaji Nasir Ado Bayero, the Emir of Bichi. Zahra’s mother, Farida Imam, is the daughter of a famous Kano educationist, Mal Abubakar Imam (Imamu Galadanci), a former Executive Director at Afribank Plc. Her aunty (Farida’s biological sister) is married to the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III. In an exclusive interview with Daily Trust as part of the preparation for the twin event, the Emir of Bichi spoke on how painful it is for him to give away any of his children in marriage because of how close he is with them.

Zahra’s elder sister was married off earlier in the year, he said.

“I’m very close to my children, so sending away Zahra is also an issue for me, but we thank God.

“She’s a young girl, only 20; and she’s in her final year in the university studying architecture.

“I would have loved for Zahra to stay and finish her school and live with me a little longer, but we cannot change what God has ordained, we can only pray and wish them a successful married life,” he said.

The business tycoon turned monarch, who seats as a chairman of the Board of 9mobile as well as several other companies, said he took solace from the Hadiths, especially the part where Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, ‘When you successfully raise three daughters and marry them off, Allah will give you a place in paradise’.

“This is my prayer and hope that through them God will give me Aljannah,” he said.

Source: DailyTrust

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