11 Govs, Many Top Politicians Storm Kano as Ajimobi’s Son Marries Ganduje’s Daughter


More than any day in recent memory, every corner in the city of Kano, last Friday November 10, heaved, creaked and pulsated with excitement and festivity as 11 state governors, former governors, scores of Federal and state legislators, political appointees and other dignitaries stormed the state for the marriage introduction ceremony between Fatima Baby Ganduje, daughter of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, and Idris, son of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State. Some of the governors present were Alhaji Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa), Senator Abiola Ajimobi (Ogun), Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Abubakar Baguda (Kebbi), Hon. Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Abdullaziz Yari (Zamfara), Rauf Aregbosola (Osun), Kashim Shetima (Borno), Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina) and Abdulfatai Ahmed.

The eminent visitors were received by, among other personalities, the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, and Alhaji Ishyaku Rabiu. The Emir who accepted the Ajimobis’ proposal on behalf of the bride’s family described the union as a positive ingredient in cementing relationships across tribes and geopolitical zones and destroying stereotypes between southern and northern Nigeria. He said, “I am pleased that two leaders of this country at a time when this country is most in need of reminders that we are all Nigerians.

We are part of one common humanity descended from one man and one woman, made from the same earth decided to apply this teaching to show an example to all of us.” The Emir continued, “No superiority for the light skinned over the over the black skinned or black skinned over the white skinned all of you are from Adam and Adam is from the earth. The reason I quote this Hadith is to remind all of us that tribalism, racism and all these ‘’isms’’ that are based on ethnicity have no place in Islam. Marriages are unions especially when they come from prominent families. They are not just unions between boy and girl or man and woman, they are unions of people, they cement relationships, they improve understanding, they breed love and respect, they destroy stereotypes”, Emir Sanusi added.

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