Sadiya Farouq who was rumoured to be President Muhammadu Buhari’s mistress and potential bride last year has reportedly gotten married to Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
Naija News understands that Sadiya, who Nigeria’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development under President Buhari’s administration, tied the nuptial knots with the Chief of Air Staff in a secret ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
A report monitored on SaharaReporters by Naija News noted that the extremely private event, which took place last Friday, was the culmination of a love affair between the two public figures, that dates back to more than a year ago, it was confirmed.
The report stressed that the marriage was delayed till last Friday after the controversy that followed the rumoured affair between Farouq and Buhari in October 2019 where it was alleged that President Buhari was set to take her for a wife.
The news of the supposed marriage with the President, which never saw the light of the day, set the entire media space on fire, leaving many disappointed at the end when the purported wedding never became a reality.
According to the report, Farouq and Abubakar’s wedding was facilitated by the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, apparently in a self-saving move which is believed to have been taken to fully banish the ghost of that rumour and keep it several radii away from her husband.
In 2019, it was rumoured that Farouq dated and was planning to marry President Buhari, bu the Minister, who had been around the President since she was a teenager, never dated Buhari.
However, in an attempt to get at the First Lady, members of the cabal around the President reportedly approached Sadiya’s parents in a bid to have her marry the President but with that episode now firmly behind them, Farouq and Abubakar proceeded to cement their relationship last Friday in the private ceremony.
Sadiya, who clocks 46 on November 5, has never been married and has no children. The Chief of Air Staff, who is from Bauchi State, on the other hand, has 10 children from two wives – one of whom he has since divorced.
Buhari’s minister and the Chief of Air Staff have kept their marriage a secret just the same way their relationship escaped public radar.
Meanwhile, Farouq was appointed minister in 2019 by President Buhari while Abubakar, who is among service chiefs Nigerians have asked the President to fire for their poor tackling of insecurity in the country, has been in office since July 2015.