The son of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari marries the daughter of the Emir of Bichi with

When the only surviving son of a president marries the daughter of one of the country’s most prominent religious leaders, things turn into a grand affair.

So it’s no wonder no expense was spared for one of Nigeria’s biggest celebrity events last Friday – the wedding of President Muhammadu Buhari’s son Yusuf, 27, to Zarah Ado Bayero, 19, the daughter of the Emir of Bichi. .

Thousands attended the wedding with locals in the city in the northern state of Kano, who reported that the skies were filled with hundreds of private jets as West African dignitaries “filled all the five-star hotels in the area.”

The bride who met the groom at the University of Surrey wore a traditional pink and white dress for the reception, while opting for a white western style dress for the ceremony.

No expense was spared for one of Nigeria's biggest celebrity events on Friday - the wedding of President Muhammadu Buhari's son, Yusuf, 27, to Zarah Ado Bayero, 19, the daughter of the Emir of Bichi.  Getting married in the picture

No expense was spared for one of Nigeria’s biggest celebrity events on Friday – the wedding of President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf, 27, to Zarah Ado Bayero, 19, the daughter of the Emir of Bichi. Getting married in the picture

Thousands attended the wedding with locals in the city in the northern state of Kano, who reported that the skies were filled with hundreds of private jets as West African dignitaries “filled all the five-star hotels in the area.” Pictured during the ceremony

Take a bow!  The bride's dress had a distinctive bow and long track while the groom opted for traditional Nigerian attire for the big day

Take a bow!  The bride's dress had a distinctive bow and long track while the groom opted for traditional Nigerian attire for the big day

Take a bow! The bride’s dress had a distinctive bow and long track while the groom opted for traditional Nigerian attire for the big day

Marriage between presidential and royal families is ‘unprecedented in Nigeria’, according to de BBC, who also said the groom’s family paid 500,000 naira (£900) for the bride price, a traditional part of the Islamic marriage contract. 500,000 naira is about 10 times the average bride price in northern Nigeria.

Despite the grand wedding, it’s clear the wedding was scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic, with heavy police and military security also guarding the palace.

Communications Minister Isa Ali Pantami, a graduate imam, presided over the wedding.

Also in attendance were President Muhammadu Buhari’s predecessor Goodluck Jonathan, Gambia’s First Lady Fatoumata Bah Barrow and former president of neighboring Niger Muhammadu Issoufu, according to the Society Bible Tatler.

Marriage between presidential and royal families is 'unprecedented in Nigeria'.  The bride and groom are pictured in a pre-wedding ceremony

Marriage between presidential and royal families is 'unprecedented in Nigeria'.  The bride and groom are pictured in a pre-wedding ceremony

Marriage between presidential and royal families is ‘unprecedented in Nigeria’. The bride and groom are pictured in a pre-wedding ceremony

Meanwhile, her new mother-in-law, Aisha Buhari, the first lady of Nigeria, shared sweet photos of happy couples on Instagram: “Everything is ready to welcome our new daughter and receive it into the family.”

After the wedding to Instagram.  The first lady (center) wrote: “On behalf of my family, I express our sincere appreciation to everyone who contributed to making this event a success.  We appreciate all our guests, relatives and friends and thank you all for your wonderful support and prayers.  I wish my children Yusuf and Zahra a happy married life'

After the wedding to Instagram.  The first lady (center) wrote: “On behalf of my family, I express our sincere appreciation to everyone who contributed to making this event a success.  We appreciate all our guests, relatives and friends and thank you all for your wonderful support and prayers.  I wish my children Yusuf and Zahra a happy married life'

After the wedding to Instagram. The first lady (center) wrote: “On behalf of my family, I express our sincere appreciation to everyone who contributed to making this event a success. We appreciate all our guests, relatives and friends and thank you all for your wonderful support and prayers. I wish my children Yusuf and Zahra a happy married life’

After the wedding, the bride’s father, Nasir Ado Bayero, was crowned Emir of Bichi, while his brother is the Emir of Kano – one of the country’s most prominent Muslim leaders. However, the bride and groom were not present at this ceremony.

Meanwhile, her new mother-in-law, Aisha Buhari, the first lady of Nigeria shared sweet photos of happy couples on Instagram writing: ‘Everything is ready to welcome our new daughter and receive it into the family.’

Despite the apparent joy at the shooting, the lavish weddings didn’t react entirely positively in Kano — as some residents reacted furiously given the level of hardship in the state.

Sheikh Dr Ahmad Mahmud Gumi told the Time: ‘People face all kinds of problems, but politicians spent public funds on private jets.’

“Some people are in captivity, both in the bush and in the cities. Hunger is everywhere.”

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