Halima Babangida, the last child of the gap-toothed General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (rtd) and his wife of 40 years, Maryam, was united in a wedding Fatiha in the afternoon of Friday, May 12, 2017, at her father’s Hill Top mansion in Minna, Niger state, at a fabulous ceremony turned into a carnival by thousands of politicians and businessmen.
With N500,000 and 10 cows as dowry, the young lady born into power when her father operated from Dodan Barracks on Ribadu Road, Ikoyi (Lagos), became Mrs. Auwal Lawal Abdullahi.
Her matured husband, also a businessman, holds the traditional title of Sarkin Sudan Gombe.
Witnessed by dignitaries from across Nigeria, the wedding Fatiha kicked off after the Jumat prayers.
By 2:45 pm, the ceremony was at its peak, with Sheik Habibu Wushishi, of Wushishi central mosque, performing the rites of marriage.
Former Chief of Army Staff, General Mohammed Inuwa Wushishi (rtd), gave out Halima in marriage. And Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe received the bride on behalf of the groom.
The short ceremony with the bride changing to heavenly attires was capped with a generous and grand reception with no limit to cost.
Banters and hearty laughter pervaded the venue as old friends embraced, and enemies pretended and exchanged pleasantries.
General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), IBB’s neighbour and confidant, played host along with his wife, Mrs. Fati and the older Babangida siblings – Aisha, Mohammed and Aminu.
Many of those the leader, addressed as Maradona, has helped returned the deeds in equal measure with enormous support and resources thrown in.
Born at First Consultant Hospital in Obalende, with delivery anchored by Dr. Benjamin Ohiaeri, Halima grew before the eyes of Nigerians.
Her mother, Maryam Babangida, was born on November 1, 1948, and she died from complications of ovarian cancer on December 27, 2009.
IBB was born on August 17, 1941, and reigned as military President from August 27, 1985 to August 27, 1993 (all of eight years).