The families of Saraki, Olukoya, Ojora and Durosinmi-Etti hereby express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to the numerous dignitaries, other individuals, groups and organizations who contributed immensely to the successful celebration of the love between our children, Oluwatosin Halimat and Adeniyi Olatunde. From Ilorin to Lagos and Abuja, you all stood by us with your prayers and presence, and made the wedding celebrations memorable.
Our special appreciation goes to Their Excellencies, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone and their wives, Hajia Aisha Buhari and Mrs. Sia Bai Koroma, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and former Heads of State, General Ibrahim Babangida and General Abdulsalami Abubakar, for their support all through the different stages of the ceremony.
We are equally specially grateful to His Excellency, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who attended all the events in Lagos and Abuja despite his tight schedule, and his wife, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo.
Also, we appreciate the support from former Vice President Namadi Sambo, and former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Alfa Modibo Belgore, for honouring us with their presence. Our gratitude also goes to Their Excellencies, wives of former Presidents and Heads of State: Mrs. Ajoke Murtala Muhammed, Mrs. Maryam Abacha, Hon. Justice Fati Abubakar, Hajiya Turai Yar-Adua, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, Mrs. Bola Obasanjo, Mrs. Rebecca Augustus Aikhomu and Hajia Titi Atiku-Abubakar.
We are indeed grateful to His Excellency, The Right Honorable Speaker Yakubu Dogara and his wife, Mrs. Gimbiya Dogara for their support. Our Distinguished Senators led by Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, former Senators in the fifth, sixth and seventh Senate, and their amiable wives deserve special mention as they provided support all the way during the ceremonies. Same goes to Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Lasun Yusuff and all serving and past members of the House of Representatives.
The presence of our dear incumbent State Governors, former Governors as well as present and ex-deputy Governors, and their amiable wives from across the country, is highly appreciated. We acknowledge the support of Governors Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, (Ondo), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom), Ben Ayade (Cross River), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger). Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa), Abdulazeez Yari (Zamfara), Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (Sokoto), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), David Umahi (Ebonyi), Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Jibrila Bindow (Adamawa), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Ibrahim Dankwabo (Gombe), Ishaku Darius (Taraba), Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), and Muhammadu Abubakar (Bauchi).
Our royal fathers added colour, tradition and culture to all the events and therefore we specifically thank the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, Osile of Oke Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Oloyede Gbadamosi, Olowo of Owo, Oba Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi, Emir of Borgu, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Dantoro, Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Ibrahim Chatta Umar, Emir of Shonga, Alhaji Haliru Yahaya, Olusin of Isinland, Oba Solomon Oloyede, Emir of Kaura Namoda, Alhaji Ahmad Asha, Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Isa Mustafa Agwai, Emir of Kwandare, Dr. Ahmadu Al-makura, the royal mothers and members of royal families who graced the different occasions.
We acknowledge our political leaders from across the country who expressed their support with their presence, prayers and gifts. They include Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Alhaji Ismaila Isa Funtua, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, Alhaji Kashim Imam, Mr. Donald Duke, Chief Ben Obi, Sen. Ibrahim Mantu, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, Sir. Peter Obi, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Chief James Ibori, Mr. Segun Oni, Mr. Sam Nda Isiah, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Otunba Alao Akala, and many others.
We enjoyed the company of top government officials present at different ceremonies as part of the celebration and we are grateful to them. From Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Barr. Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Baba Gana Monguno (rtd), Director General of the State Security Services, Alhaji Lawal Daura, Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Ministers, including Prof. Isaac Adewole (Health), Alhaji Lai Mohammed (Information), Mallam Adamu Adamu (Education), Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (Interior), Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan Alli (rtd) (Defence), Barr. Adebayo Shittu (Communications), Mr. Patrick Dalong (Sports), Senator Udoma Udo Udoma (Budget), Hajiya Aisha Abubakar (Budget), Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN (Works, Housing and Power), Mr. Rotimi Amaechi (Transport), Senator Hadi Sirika (Aviation) and Mrs. Winifred Ita Eyo (Head of Federal Civil Service) and other heads of government institutions, we thank you all.
All the captains of industry and Organised Private Sector who honoured us at the various occasions deserve our special gratitude. From the chairman of the reception ceremony in Abuja, Alhaji Aliko Dangote to Alhaji Dahiru Mangal, others too numerous to mention and their spouses, while deeply appreciated, we say thank you.
We also express our appreciation to our friends in the diplomatic community, members of national and global development sectors who turned up massively at the Lagos and Abuja events. Our religious leaders deserve a special mention here. Similarly, we appreciate the support of all media chiefs who honored us at the various events. We definitely cannot mention all the names in our guest lists but we are grateful to all our guests.
Many thanks to all our friends, relatives, supporters, well wishers, other good-spirited Nigerians and our friends from abroad who were physically present at the various events and those who continue to pray for the new couple and their families before, during and after the events.
We pray to Almighty God to continue to bless you all. Please, accept the assurances of our sincere appreciation and kind regards.
Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki & Mrs. Toyin Ojora Saraki
For the Families