Zahra Buhari’s Wedding to Ahmed Indimi May Have Been Deferred


Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The planned high profile marriage between Zahra Buhari, the attractive and outgoing daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, and Ahmed Indimi, the son of an oil magnate from Borno State, Mohammed Indimi, may have been deferred following the physical altercation that trailed the delivery of several stacked dowry boxes valued at N44 million (using the official exchange rate) to the first family.

Trouble started on November 18, during the traditional introduction ceremony, when the sister of the groom, Yataka Indimi, insisted on taking her mobile phone into the Presidential Villa, Abuja, contrary to security protocol.

THISDAY gathered that Yataka wanted to record all the proceedings, including the delivery of the boxes made by the French luxury brand, Louis Vuitton, with her mobile phone, despite the fact it was against standard security protocol in the villa.

In line with the Hausa/Fulani tradition, the boxes, according to sources, contained cash, jewelry, clothes, bags, shoes and other gifts valued at several millions of naira for Zahra and the first family.

However, a struggle ensued between Yataka and the security officials who tried to compel her to comply with protocol, only for her to resist. The incident attracted the attention of other dignitaries who tried to stop the scuffle.

According to a reliable family source, the argument degenerated to a scuffle, compelling the wife of the Nasarawa State governor, Mrs. Tanko Almakura, to step in to stop the altercation from getting out of hand and may have injured her arm in the process.

“As of today, we learnt that the Nasarawa first lady is still nursing her wounds and is being treated for a dislocation,” the source said.

THISDAY learnt that the incident was so embarrassing that it incurred the wrath of the president over the behaviour of the Indimis.

Indeed, Buhari was reported to have threatened to return the boxes and stop the marriage ceremony that had been scheduled to climax on Sunday, December 4.

“We learnt that the president who was displeased with the development and behaviour exhibited by the Indimi family, vowed to return the boxes and not approve of the marriage.

“The president was also of the view that the gifts were too expensive and incompatible with his modest lifestyle and has asked the Indimis to take the boxes back.

“I think we must give it to the president for taking this stand, and cementing his reputation for not tolerating indiscipline,” a source close to the presidency said.

However, elders close to the Buhari and Indimi families are at the moment trying to prevail on the president not to return the boxes, as he would be bucking tradition.

They are also working on resolving the tension that has arisen since the altercation, so that the wedding could go ahead as planned, if not this weekend, then as soon as possible.

Further findings revealed that while Buhari might not be favourably disposed to the idea of marrying out his daughter to a wealthy suitor, the wife of the president and her daughters, who are more liberal, are rooting for the marriage.

Sources revealed that the daughters of Mohammed Indimi, the billionaire owner of Oriental Energy that operates a number of oil assets in the Niger Delta region, have a history of marrying the male children of first families or former heads of state.

An insider said that Indimi’s first daughter is married to Mohammed Abacha, son of the late military dictator, General Sani Abacha, who ruled Nigeria between 1994 and 1998.

Another daughter is married to the first son of former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), who coincidentally overthrew Buhari in a palace coup in 1985, when the latter was Nigeria’s military head of state.

“The Babangida marriage is blessed with five children. But the marriage as we speak, has hit the rocks and the case is in court. This, added to the fact that Indimi’s business ties with Afren, which is being wound up in the UK after a slew of scandals, has raised questions,” the source said.

Zahra, who is the youngest and most visible daughter of the president, is a graduate of medical microbiology from the University of Surrey in the UK.

She is also the ambassador for SCAF, a foundation that aims to minimise the incidence of sickle cell anaemia in Nigeria.

  • Chichi Girl

    How is this even news? Hypocrite claiming to be modest and molesting us with wealth

    • Ade Whenu

      My perspective precisely! Who cares if the young lady marries or not. My interest is for Buhari to fulfill all the promises he made to Nigerians and relief the hardship and difficulties besieging millions of people.

    • William Norris

      Chi Chi your wedding to me will definitely be Big News in 2017.

      No need to say HAPPY NEW YEAR when we have each other. You hear?

      • Chichi Girl

        William William William! How many times did I call you? My answer is yes

        • gohen

          Ahaha, you choose Norris over me ?

          • Chichi Girl

            How can?

    • gohen

      Sadly, this is the simple truth, I have never really seen anything modest about them

  • Kelly

    The Niger Delta youths really don’t know what they are fighting for. When you read things like this you understand why we are like this as a country.

  • Segun Abiodun

    How come all these Northerners who are fabulously wealthy all have oil blocks in the Niger delta?
    What a country.
    I have never met a Northerner who is wealthy who does not have his proboscis in the oil of the Niger delta. This includes Dangote and the dantata family

    • Ade Whenu

      Perhaps because the people from Niger Delta allows it and have a preference for the northerners to own their oil block than their own people.

    • Jon West

      The imbecile ethnicities from the famished Niger Delta exchanged their oil resources, wealth and even their self-respect for “liberation” from perceived Igbo domination, a blatant lie , considering that for nearly 50 years they have not even run the risk of being dominated by the Igbo.

      In that fifty years, they have massively regressed compared to the period of Igbo domination. They exchanged 6 years of Igbo domination for a lifetime of the domination of their intellectual and social inferiors all for the opportunity to spite the Igbo for whom they had and still have a massive inferiority complex, which I must confess has a strong basis. The wise man admonished that you should be careful what you ask for, because you might just get it. Those fools in the Delta wanted “liberation”from “Igbo Domination” and got their wish. Now they can drink and wash from the same water they defecate in and the Igbo can only watch in amazement. They have no presence in the exploitation of their oil resources and have no interest in the nitty gritty of the oil business, preferring , like their former friends, the Hausa/Fulani, to live lives of sickening hedonism and illiteracy.

      Dan Etete, as oil minister, gave himself an oil bloc , and like a Fulani hedonist, promptly sold it for over a billion dollars in cash. Right now, his people in Kiama in Bayelsa State still drink polluted sewage water, while he is ensconced in the arms of a wily Chinese “wife” in addition to his Igbo wife. These people are worse than useless , hopeless and helpless. Shed no tears for them.

  • temple

    So in Hausa tradition or rather the President got the right to disapprove a marriage to his daughter as claimed in this report? .The Northern elder and prominent people from Katsina,including Buhari could not speak out to the marriage of a minor to the Emir of Katsina despite the fact that the girl’s father disapproved the said marriage.

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  • Ayo

    Ndimi Ndimi protecting his Oil well in Niger Delta. Yeye they smell

    • Jon West

      Some Nigerians find them to be quite smart. A country of buccaneers and carpetbaggers will never get anywhere .