… As Glimmer, Glitterati and Good Talks Feature At the Wedding Reception of Gov. Bala Muhammad‘s Daughter
The glamorous wedding reception of the daughter of Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi state, Hauwa Bala Muhammad and her groom, Muhammad Lawan, on Friday night, turned out to be a political rostrum where the prospects of fair polls and and the country’s unity were called for by several high brow attendees.
Among them were former Senate Presidents. Adolphus Wabara and Anyim Prius Anyim; Governors Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state; and, Sen. Douye Diri , Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum together with Seyi Makinde of Bayelsa, Borno and Oyo states respectively.
Other dignitaries include some Deputy Governors, PDP NWC/ BOT members led by the Chairman of PDP Uche Secondus and Sen. Walid Jibril of the BOT respectively. Senators and members of the House of Representatives, serving and former. State legislators were also in attendance.
Former First Ladies, Dame Patience Jonathan. Hajiya Titi Atiku Abubakar. current and serving First Ladies as well as socialite and philanthropist, Mrs Bola Shagaya and the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Paulin Tallen, graced the occasion along with traditional rulers, Captains of industry and others.
The venue of the reception, the International Conference Center, Abuja, was made cosy with elaborate floral decor, glittering lights and the serenading performance of Bayelsa born super star, Timi Dakolo whose rendition heralded the grand entry of the bride and bridegroom.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan , who chaired the gathering, first threw the tack of brotherhood and unity of Nigerians ahead of of the 2023 elections, by observing that despite their different political leanings and convictions many of those that attended the wedding are together at the occasion “and not fighting over ballot boxes.”
“It is a happy day for all as we celebrate our children,” the ex-President, who is a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), noted while appreciating the presence of the star-studded guests.
He said it was an important occasion that signifies the importance of marriage and its role in uniting many people, politics or otherwise.
He urged all Nigerians to pray for God’s blessings upon the couple.
Taking a cue from Jonathan, the Senate President, Dr Ahmed Lawan, a ranking member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), expressed confidence that despite the usual political party rivalry that characterizes the conduct of elections in the country, “in 2023 there will be no fighting over ballot boxes because Nigerians are now wiser.”
“From here,” the rendezvous of the lavish soiree, “the sense of togetherness exhibited should continue to guide Nigerians and its leaders,” he offered.
He thanked God and congratulated the couple, further praying that they get the best that marriage can offer, just as he reminded them that much is now expected from them.
The distinguished women at the occasion, wives of the governors of Sokoto state, Hajiya Maryam Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state and Hajiya Falmata Zulum, as well as others, led by the First Lady of Kaduna state, Hajiya Hadiza el-Rufa’i, said the Northern Governors Wives Forum doesn’t discriminate along party lines as they are collectively working for the good of the country.
In her capacity as the ‘Mother of the Day’, Mrs el-Rufa’i urged the couple who “are almost perfect,” contrary to their “pictures we have seen,” to be not just lovers but friends as well.
In his goodwill message, Gov. Makinde, the ‘Father of the Day’, also expressed happiness, saying “I’m wearing agbada because I am happy. I hardly wear agbada. But I’m wearing one today because I’m happy.”
According to him, marriage is the beginning of a life long journey in which the couple should allow their individual dreams to flourish. “Both of you will change as time goes by. You should constantly keep calibrating the relationship. God and friendship will sustain you,” he prayed while congratulating and wishing them a happy married life.