The quality of guests belied yesterday’s low-key ceremony at the Iga Idunganran Palace of Oba Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos for the young couple.
It was at a prayer session to bless the marriage of Mr. Oluwaseyi Afolabi Tinubu, son of All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to his heartthrob, Layal Jade Holm.
Chief Imam of Lagos Sheikh Garuba Akinola Ibrahim presided at the short ceremony. He told the couple that marriage was ordained by God, urging them to respect their marital vow.
Top government functionaries, eminent academic and the royalty witnessed the ceremony.
President Muhammadu Buhari eulogised Asiwaju Tinubu in a letter to the groom, which he personally signed. It was read to the guests.
The letter reads: “It is a real pleasure for me to convey my congratulations to the groom, Oluwaseyi Afolabi Tinubu and the beautiful bride, Layal Jade Holm on this day. Wedding day is one of the happiest and most momentous days of a couple’s life. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you very happy marriage and long life together.
“Seyi, your duty is to look after her, respect her and be patient with her. Layal, your duty is to respect him, honour him and be patient with him.
“Seyi, your father is among the famous Nigerians who helped to shape modern Nigeria. You should cherish and help keep his legacy alive. Congratulations, happy day today and happy days ahead.”
The palace looked resplendent as guests walked in amid cheers from onlookers.
Before the arrival of the couple and their parents, Oba Akiolu took up the job of hosting the early arrivals.
Itinerant drummers welcomed guests, who sat under a tastefully decorated big white canopy.
A live musical band was on hand, entertaining the gathering and singing praises of some of the dignitaries. A cultural troupe from Benue State also performed.
The bride was simply dressed in a knee length gown and complemented it with a bouquet of flowers.
An elated Asiwaju Tinubu thanked the guests for honouring his invitation and spoke on the essence of the modest ceremony.
”I can only capture today in the spirit of what President Buhari represents: simplicity, modesty and accountability. I could have rolled out the drums and called a big one, but in the face of present economic challenges and ongoing efforts to revamp the economy, modesty is the word.
“The couple also wanted a modest wedding. I thank all that have honoured me with their presence today”, he said. The Nation