Former Vice-President Namadi Sambo; President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila; were among the dignitaries in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, for the wedding ceremony of Dr Aisha Abubakar Sulaiman, daughter of the Director General National Institute for Democratic and Legislative Studies (NILDS), Professor Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulaiman.
Governor of Bauchi State, Mr Abdulkadir Bala Mohammed; Deputy Governor of Kwara State, Mr Kayode Alabi; Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi; and former Ministers also attended the ceremony.
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Aisha got married to Dr Hussain Kehinde Yahaya at the ceremony preceded with Walimah Quran and solemnisation, which the National Missioner of Ansarul-Islam Society of Nigeria, Ustaz Hanafi Ayara, conducted.
Sambo represented former President Goodluck Jonathan at the occasion.
In his sermon, Ayara urged the new groom to safeguard his wife, adding that he must stand solidly with her.
The cleric enjoined the couple to settle their differences without allowing undue interference.
He specifically admonished the groom not to separate himself from the bride to stave off marriage collapse.
Describing marriage as divinely ordained among Muslim faithful, Ayara called on the couple to exhibit tolerance, perseverance and piety while dealing with each other.
At a similar event, the Grand Mukadam of Ilorin, Sheik Suleiman Dan-Borno, cautioned public office holders to jealousy guard the trust reposed in them while administering their offices.
The cleric gave the warning on Friday at the Walimah Quran and wedding ceremony of Dr Aisha Abubakar Sulaiman, daughter of Director General, National Institute of Democratic and Legislative Studies (NILDS), Professor Abubakar Olanrewaju Sulaiman, which took place at Okeleru Family Quarters, Ilorin.
Dan-Borno reminded the office holders that a time is in the offing when they are expected to vacate their offices irrespective of the longevity of their tenure.
He challenged them to make transparency and accountability their watchwords at all times.
In a similar sermon, the Chief Imam of Offa, Sheikh Muyideen Hussein, called on wealthy Muslims in the society to help the less privileged, particularly now that the holy month of Ramadan is drawing closer.
The Chief Imam of Ilorin, Sheikh Muhammad Bashir Soliu, presided over the Walimah Quran and prayer session for the bride.
Dignitaries at the Walimah ceremony of Dr Aisha Abubakar Sulaiman were immediate-past President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki; Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, 2019 governorship aspirant in Kwara State, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim Ajia; Senator Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim, former Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi; former Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad, and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Hon. Babatunde Mohammed among others.