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Presidency scolds Atiku over son’s Dubai wedding

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THE magical wedding of Abba Atiku Abubakar, son of former Vice President and Turaki Adamawa, Atiku Abubakar on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been criticized by the Presidency.

In a veiled reference to the classy nuptials attended by Atiku’s political associates including APC National leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Special Assistant to the President on New Media, Reno Omokri accused the opposition politician of not being patriotic enough to have encouraged his son to stage all the wedding ceremonies in Nigeria.

Omokri said in an article entitled, On Nigeria’s Rebased Economy: “The President’s daughter recently got married to her heartthrob and everything about the marriage was done in Nigeria. It is such patriotic actions of Nigerians spending their money in Nigeria that makes Nigeria grow.

sharing a kiss“But of course, people who travel abroad to celebrate even their birthdays will not know that our economy is expanding.  How could they, when their children, accounts, property and minds are overseas?  It then becomes easy for them to overlook what is happening in Nigeria.”

Atiku is likely going to challenge President Jonathan in 2015.  A former member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the influential politician has not replied the Presidency since Jonathan’s aide only made reference to some Nigerians who are not patriotic enough to spend their money in their fatherland.

Abba Atiku Abubakar and his Columbian lover, Mariana Saleeby-Velilla tied the knots in Dubai, UAE on Saturday, April 5, in a lavish wedding attended mainly by the rich and famous.

Couple cutting the cake

ENCOMIUM Weekly learnt that Abba proposed to Mariana on a boat ride during their vacation in Thailand in December 2013.

The couple’s families met officially in February 2014, at JW Marriot Marquis in Dubai, UAE, where they gave their consent and blessing for the marriage which was equally held there on Saturday, April 5.

The second leg was on Sunday, April 13, 2014 in Joda, Atiku Abubakar’s ancestral home in Adamawa State.

The bug to celebrate outside our shores has also caught up with some of our celebrities who headed for the Arabian Gulf to consummate their union.  Music super star, 2Face Idibia and Annie Macaulay equally staged an exotic wedding ceremony there in March 2013.

–  UCHE OLEHI

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  • sirOscie

    ATIKU’S SON IS FREE TO GET MARRIED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WONDERING HOW THIS CONCERN ABATI AND CO.

  • Mr, Abdin

    Omokri should note that there is difference between the Atiku’s and the Jonathans. Shoe get size.