Multiple blogs, social media websites and news sources have been reporting that President Muhammadu Buhari is about to marry another wife – the current Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadia Umar Farouq on Friday.
Pictures of the duo which suggest a close relationship have surface online, especially on WhatsApp chat forums, but the Presidency is yet to confirm or deny the rumours.
Indeed, the low key ‘wedding’ is scheduled to hold at 2p.m. on Friday at the Abuja Cental Mosque.
The rumours are being fuelled by the apparent absence of First Lady, Aisha Buhari in public in recent weeks.
The rumoured union, unprecedented in Nigeria’s recent history, is an “arrangement” by the so-called Aso Rock cabal to neutralise to perceived influence of the First Lady on the President to serve certain political ends.
Presidency sources have so far refused to comment, something seen as unusual despite multiple posts of pictures and the “story” …some which suggest a close relationship between Buhari and Farouq, who once served as Treasurer of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the presidents political platform that merged with others to rout Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 elections.
Desert Herald reported that Farouq had been the mastermind behind all the delicious meals Buhari and the Cabal members have been eating especially during political gatherings such as rallies and campaigns.
According to the report, when Aisha Buhari discovered President Buhari’s relationship with Sadia Farouq, she kicked heavily against it. She allegedly made confrontations with her husband and pleaded with him to stop.
“Unfortunately, her plea fell on deaf ears as an alleged member of the cabal, Mamma Daura who is Buhari’s Uncle told Aisha to accept her fate as Sadia was there to stay.
“The pressure to marry Sadia had begun to mount on Buhari when he first won the Presidential Elections in 2015. The alleged Head of the cabal, Mamman Daura had insisted on the idea which was later dropped after several considerations.
“Sadia received her first Ministerial nomination then but she was not considered because of her lack of relevant experience. Instead, she was given an appointment as Head of the Refugee Commission.
“First Lady Aisha Buhari saw a red flag when she got wind of information that Sadia was being nominated a second time after Buhari won the 2019 Presidential
“This led to another confrontation with President Buhari during the Hajj in Mecca. But her confrontation was in vain as President Buhari’s mind was already made up to marry a second wife. This explains why she traveled to London and has remained incommunicado ever since.
According to unnamed sources, the Cabal felt Aisha Buhari could not be trusted, being a native of Adamawa, which is not a core Muslim state. Sadia on the other hand is from Zamfara state.
None of these reports have been confirmed, even while the rumours gained traction in the past 48 hours.
Thenewsmatrics reports that it is not unusual for Muslim men to marry more than one wife as Islam allows four, based on certain conditions, but Buhari has remained monogamous since he divorced his first wife…now late…and.married Aisha.
Efforts to confirm the rumoured wedding remained unsuccessful as at the time of filing this report.