The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hadjia Sadiya Umar Farouq, last weekend, put to rest her rumoured romantic relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari by officially marrying the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, at a private event in Maitama District of Abuja.
It would be recalled that rumour was high in October, 2019, of how President Buhari had put all machinery in motion to take Farouq for a wife, with a whole lot of VIPs and Muslim faithful trooping to the Presidential Villa on October 11, 2019, to witness what they termed conjugal union of the decade, only to discover it was a fluke.
But the minister, on Friday, September 18, 2020, confirmed her true romantic link when she officially married Air chief Marshal Abubakar at the Maitama Juma’a Mosque in Abuja, at a gathering that attracted just a few, highly competent sources confirmed to this reporter.
The wedding fatiha between Abubakar and Farouq heralded a few people in attendance, just as their relationship lasted for a couple of months out of the prying eyes.
According to a very credible source, “They have been in a relationship for a while and what happened on Friday has put to rest all the speculations about her relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Yes, it is true that the Chief of Air Staff and the Humanitarian Affairs Minister have gotten married. Very few people were invited to attend the wedding fatiha because the couple and those close to them didn’t want to publicize the issue. Indeed, the two have been in love for some time now.”
The source further stated 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 the President was set to take her for a wife.
The minister, who clocks 46 on November 5, has never been married and has no children, while 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.
The two have kept their marriage a secret just the same way their relationship escaped public cynosure.
Farouq was appointed minister by President Buhari in 2019 while Abubakar has been a service chief since July 2015. On the other hand, Farouq, who is publicly known to be the youngest minister in President Buhari’s present cabinet, was previously the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons.
- Pix(l-r): Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar and Hadjia Sadiya Umar Farouq