By: Maria Okpe Abuja
It was all joy, full of excitement like a carnival, as Nigerians from all works of life trooped into Bida to felicitate with the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Dr. Yahaya Abubakar on the wedding ceremony of his four sons.
They are 1. Prince Muhammad Yahaya Abubakar who married Haj. Safiya Abubakar. 2. Prince Pilot Alh. Mohammed Yahaya Abubakar who married Aisha Umar Audu. 3.Prince Suleiman Yahaya Abubakar, who married to Amina Idris Umar and Prince Abubakar Bello Kusodu, who married to Habibat Usman.
The occasion was graced by dignitaries from all over the country and to count among them is the former Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Dr. Muazu Babangida, the representative of the Governor of Niger, was the Deputy Governor, Royal Fathers from various nooks and crannies of Nigeria, chairmen of local governments, and captains of industries.
The father of the groom, Alh. Dr. Yahaya Abubakar GCFR, the ETSU Nupe, blessed the couples and charged them to be confident and trust in God for divine provision of food and material needs.
The former Governor of Niger State Alh. Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu while advising the couples said, whenever he is called to talk in marriages, he always speaks from experience of forty four years in marriage, saying it is better to walk away when emotions are high. He also charged the couples to always say sorry to one another when wronged, and to avoid third parties in their homes.
In his words, “You all know that the cost of things are currently very high, therefore, bear the numbers of children you know you can take care of”
Dr Babangida described the Etsu Nupe Alh. Dr. Yahaya Abubakar as a real leader who plays a significant role in being the custodian of their traditions.
The Vice Chairman Bida Local Government, Alh. Idris Bargo, while speaking to Attraction Magazine at the occasion, said, “His Riyal High Alh. Dr. Yahaya Abubakar ” is a nice man and we are so proud of him in Nupe Kingdom. My advice to be children is that, marriage is patient, they should be patient with their spouses, more so pray always for Allah’s guidance and protections.”
Meanwhile, an Okada rider, who choose to remain unanimous, told Attraction Magazine that there has never been an Etsu like Alh. Dr Yahaya Abubakar, and there will not be, “because nobody can be like him again in Nupe Kingdom. He showers us with love and welfare, especially we the vigilantes.” He pray God continues to bless his reign on the throne as Etsu Nupe.
Lastly, the event came to an end with a presentation of Excellent leadership award presented to HRH , Alh. Dr. Yahaya Abubakar, the Etsu Nupe, by a reputable Civil Society Organization, Salvage Africa Advocacy Initiative. In response, HRH appreciated the group for the recognition, and promised to listen to their yearnings whenever the need arises.