The Nigerian media space has been awash with the speculations that President Muhammadu Buhari is set to marry a new wife, today.
The report claimed that the purported marriage ceremony will be taking place today, Friday, October 11, after the Jumat (Friday prayer) services.
The more the presidency kept silent, the more the rumoured marriage gathered momentum and started trending with the Twitter hashtags, #BUSA19 and #BUSA2019,
A video of the Honourable Minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadia Umar Farouq was also shared this morning claiming she was getting ready for the marriage to President Muhammadu Buhari.
According the Nigerian Tribune, Mr Femi Adesina, the special adviser to the president on media and publicity has debunked the claim, describing it as a deceptive manoeuvre by those who reportedly fabricated it.
The newspaper reports that Adesina confirmed that there was no marriage taking place at the Presidential Villa as stated in the viral claim. Another presidency source who asked not to be named told the newspaper that there was no wedding taking place at the Presidential Villa neither was the president preparing for any wedding. The source said the claim is entirely false.
According to the Nigerian Tribune, Sadiya Umar Farouq is currently not in Nigeria. “If it is true, as the purveyor of the claims allege, that the wedding is taking place on October 11, today, one wonders while the supposed bride to be is not in Nigeria for the ceremony?”
The minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, whom they claim the president is set to marry is not Nigeria.
According to a tweet posted by the minister via her handle, @Sadiya_farouq, in the early hours of Friday, she is currently in New York promoting a UN campaign against poverty.
The video being circulated as the pre-wedding party of Sadiya Umar Farouq, minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, was however recorded on September 14 when her family and friends held a party to celebrate her appointment as minister.