Fatima Ribadu-Abubakar, daughter of the former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’s boss, Nuhu Ribadu, has apologised for her wedding dress which has caused a stir on social media particularly amongst adherents of the Islamic Faith.
The newly wedded bride, in a statement, has said she wore the dress inside the house, adding that the colour of the dress is same with that of her skin which made people think her skin was exposed.
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She said: “I cannot expose my skin.
“My wedding dress has the same colour with that of my skin, but I still apologize to my friends and family who don’t like what happened and I hope to learn from this.”
Fatima got married to Atiku’s son on Saturday in Abuja.
The event was attended by top political figures including Atiku Abubakar, the groom’s father; Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC); Mai Mala Buni, All Progressives Congress caretaker chairman and Governor of Yobe state as well as Bisi Akande, the former APC interim chairman.
The wedding also saw in attendance political figures from the two top political parties in the country with some state governors and their wives in attendance.
- The Talking point
The talking points for the online community was the bride’s wedding dress.
Pictures taken at the event showed an exposure of the bride’s neck to shoulder partially covered by dress and a veil she adorned.
- The social media stir
The stir began while Ribadu was being congratulated on his daughters wedding after he made a tweet.
“I just dropped off my daughter, Fatima, in her new home. It’s emotionally fulfilling exercise for a father.
“I deeply appreciate the honour done to my family by those who attended the wedding Fatiha earlier today, and those who sent in their goodwill and prayers. I thank you all.”
I just dropped off my daughter, Fatima, in her new home. It’s emotionally fulfilling exercise for a father.
I deeply appreciate the honour done to my family by those who attended the wedding Fatiha earlier today, and those who sent in their goodwill and prayers.
I thank you all. pic.twitter.com/XtThfiGrh2
— Nuhu Ribadu (@NuhuRibadu) October 3, 2020
However, the reactions that greeted the post showed how disappointed some Nigerians were with his daughter’s outfit at the ocassion.
Here are some of them:
Congratulations for the effort.Please for subsequent weddings take great care in the manner of dressing of the bride.
That dress was so exposing.Congratulations once more
— Engr.S.Ibrahim (@danyarosule) October 3, 2020
congratulations for marrying your daughter off, but I don’t think you paid much attention in training her to be morally decent as her outing depicts.
— Mustapha G Lawan (@mgajibe) October 3, 2020
Really emotional. But sir I was personally caught by surprise those improper attire she earlier wore. Sir may I remind you that death and judgment of Allah is certain. Let seek for Allah’s forgiveness and we must be conscious of our act.
— Comrade Makeri Kuta (@MakeriKuta) October 3, 2020
Malam the dressing of your daughter is an insult to the fulani Community and Muslims Ummah at Large?. This is very unfortunate and terrible, even her fathers, in-laws, & bridegroom are there but they couldn’t called her attention into order? Ya Allah guide us and our Family pic.twitter.com/SaoBunXvNS
— MALAM_YOUSOUP? (@yusufUtoncy) October 4, 2020
Today I saw pictures of a Muslim bride dressed in a manner totally unbecoming of her faith and her culture.Fewer things have made me sadder.I appeal to our young people and us parents to stop aping cultures that are not ours.
Please no names or insults in responses.Please
— Nura Mahe (@Convener_) October 4, 2020
This is obviously not the first time children of high profile Northern Nigerians have been bashed on social media because of their wedding outfits.
Recall that Fatima Ganduje, daughter of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano and Adama Indimi, daughter of Mohammed Indimi, also received the same bashing online after their wedding ceremony.