Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha Buhari, has stated that her daughter, Hanan, has a right to get married as any other Nigerian.
Aisha Buhari was reacting to a viral cartoon by one of Nigeria’s fine cartoonist, Mustapha Bulama depicting Aisha showing her daughter’s wedding pictures to Nigerians drowning in a river.
In an interview with BBC Aisha’s spokesperson, Aliyu Abdullahi, said the children of any leader have the right to get married when the time is due whether the citizens are enjoying their leadership or not.
He said: “The cartoon that has gone viral by Mustapha Bulama is unfair because the wedding is in no way insensitive to what Nigerians are going through.
“Infact, it is because of issues like this that the first lady held a meeting with her staff a month to the wedding, telling us she wants to make the wedding a low key one with no massive celebrations.”
“The photos of the couple posted by Mrs Buhari on social media was to thank her well-wishers after the wedding and not to rub it on the faces of Nigerians.
“I can say that Hanan Buhari’s wedding is one of the most low-key weddings of any Nigerian child’s wedding that has ever happened,” Abdullahi added.
Abdullahi stated that the content of a viral video in which the couple was sprayed with money as they danced did not happen at the Villa but rather in Kaduna when the bride has already moved to join her in-laws.
He said Aisha Buhari is mindful of the COVID-19 restrictions put in place to ensure that all those present during the celebration adhered to the guidelines.
Naija News reports that President Buhari and Aisha had last week given out Hanan to Mohammed Turad Sha’aban, in a private ceremony at the Aso Villa, Abuja.
The ceremony, which was reportedly strictly on invitation, was conducted in the courtyard of the Villa, away from the eye of the media.
Turad is also the son to a former lawmaker, Alhaji Mahmud Sani Sha’aban, who represented Zaria in the House of Representatives from May 2003 to May 2007.