NO! There Will Be No Clandestine Wedding At The Villa Today

CLAIM: President Buhari to hold secret wedding today says media publications.

FALSE: There is no evidence to support the claim and sources from the presidency denies this allegation. Additionally, the “Bride” is currently not in the country.

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Yesterday, the news that President Buhari is set to marry Mrs Sadia Umar Farouq surfaced. Facebook and Twitter users took note that the “bride” is the current Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

Thewatchngr, heraldng, naijaloaded and some other online blogs also circulated the claim; that a close source at the Presidential Villa disclosed to them that the marriage will take place today!

There are speculations that President Muhammadu Buhari is getting married to a second wife and the wedding is set to hold on Friday, 11th of October.
According to sources in Aso Rock, President Buhari is getting married in a very quiet ceremony to Sadia Umar Farouq, the current Minister for Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management on Friday.”


Additionally, Reno Omokri- Special Assistant on Social Media to the ex-President Goodluck Jonathan had some thoughts on the matter. He revealed that the claims are true in his tweet last night; although, he does not know the date of the marriage. The tweet has been deleted.

Other posts related to the marriage are still however, present on his timeline.


A call was pull through to our source at the presidency to ascertain the story’s credibility. It was disclosed to Tribune Online that the news was far from the truth; and that no such marriage is taking place at the Presidential Villa on Friday.

It was also gathered that the bride in question, Sadiya Umar Farouq is currently out of the country. She is presently at the 70th session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme in Geneva.


Granted the news on whether the President is marrying another wife, remains unknown; it has been confirmed that no marriage is taking place at the Presidential Villa on Friday. The allegations on a marriage taking place today are consequently FALSE.

A Dubawa Fact-checking Fellow conducted this fact-check as part of our collaboration with The Tribune Online- the online publication of the oldest surviving newsroom in Nigeria. To see this article and others, click here.

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