The wedding fatiha of the two daughters of Vice President Namadi Sambo started on a colourful note yesterday in Kaduna and would have gone down in history as memorial for the couples, their parents and well-wishers but for one sad incident: A row between two Islamic leaders over a particular prayer.
In the rowdiness that took the shine off the event as the followers of the Islamic clerics engaged in a shouting match, security details hurriedly took Sambo out of the venue of the ceremony.
Trouble started at the famous Sultan Bello Mosque, Kaduna venue of the event when after conducting all the formalities for a wedding fatiha, two respected Islamic clerics, Sheik Dahiru Bauchi and Dr. Ahmed Gumi were asked to offer a special prayer for the couples.
Sheik Dahiru Bauchi started by reciting ‘Salatil Fati’ and ended it with the same ‘Salatil Fati’ according to his belief.
When Dr. Gumi took the microphone, he said “Malam Dahiru Bauchi ought not to recite Salatil Fati in this Sultan Bello Mosque, since we have different views and understanding on the suplication.”
His statement stirred a row between their followers, a development that made the guests including the vice president to immediately rush out to their vehicles and leave the venue.
In a reaction, Sheik Umaru Sanda, one of the lieutenants of the Sheik Bauchi said they were not happy with the conduct of Dr. Gumi and advised him to guard against such utterances, especially in the public.
Similarly, Sheik Yusuf Sambo Rigachikum, said the open confrontation was unnecessary, especially when the two Islamic sects headed by Gumi and Bauchi should have used the wedding of the VP’s daughters to end the age-long rivalry.
The wedding fatiha was contracted amidst tight security in and around the mosque.
One of the vice president’s daughters, Huwaila Sambo was married to Muktar Gambo Ruma, who paid N50, 000 as bride price, while Auwal Abdurrahman, who wedded Aisha Sambo paid N250,000 and five cows, which was received by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, who stood as the father of the brides
The Chief Imam of the mosque, who presided over the event, Shiekh Balele Wali, congratulated the couples and prayed Allah to bless them with children and enduring wealth.
Dignitaries at the event included former head of state and Congress of Progressive Change (CPC) presidential candidate in the 2011 elections, Gen. Muhammad Buhari, governors, ministers, senators, members of the House of Representatives and traditional rulers.
The marriage, which was scheduled to commence at 11am kicked off at 11:15am.
Babangida gave their (brides) hands in marriage on behalf of Sambo to their husbands.
Meanwhile, entrance to the wedding venue was initially strictly on invitation as 100 metres to the venue was cordoned off by armed security operatives, as vehicular and human movements were diverted to other routes.
The wedding reception later took place at the Hassan Usman Katsina House, which was also under tight security check.
The governors of Kano, Jigawa, Kebbi, Imo, Nassarawa, Taraba, Cross River, Gombe, Katsina, Abia, Anambra, Kogi, Kwara, Bauchi, Oyo and Kaduna states attended the event.