Nigeria’s minister of information and culture Lai Mohammed has shut down Oro town, in Kwara state for his granddaughter’s wedding.
Lai Mohammed’s granddaughter Toyosi wedded Gbolahan Sambo in a traditional ceremony held at the minister’s residence on Thursday in Oro, Kwara State.
The minister’s political allies stormed the occasion to show their support.
Addressing pressmen at the ceremony, Mohammed stressed that his political structure in Kwara remains intact and cannot be sunk.
“I AM GLAD YOU NOTICED THAT I HAVE HERE TODAY THE SAME PEOPLE I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH WITHIN THE LAST 20 YEARS POLITICALLY IN KWARA.
“THOUGH THEY TRIED TO PLUCK ME AWAY FROM THEM, WE INTERACT REGULARLY AND WE HAVE ALMOST BECOME A FAMILY.
“I AM NOT SURPRISED EVEN THOUGH I AM DELIGHTED THAT THEY TURNED OUT IN THEIR NUMBERS TODAY TO SHARE WITH ME THE JOY OF THIS OCCASION.
“WHAT THIS MEANS FUNDAMENTALLY IS THAT THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE POLITICALLY BETWEEN ME AND THEM AND THEY STILL REGARD ME AS ONE OF THEIR LEADERS AND I STILL REGARD THEM AS MY ASSOCIATES,’’ HE SAID.
Speaking on the marriage, the minister said the Yoruba culture revers the traditional rites as the most important marriage.
“AS YOU CAN SEE, THE BRIDE WAS HANDED OVER TO THE PARENTS OF THE GROOM WHICH SIGNIFIES THAT MARRIAGE IS NOT JUST BETWEEN TWO INDIVIDUALS BUT BETWEEN FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES, AND AT TIMES TWO KINGDOMS.
“THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE EVERY MEMBER OF THE FAMILIES THE COMMUNITIES OR KINGDOMS MUST ENSURE THE MARRIAGE DOES NOT HIT THE ROCKS,” HE SAID.