The two-day wedding began on Friday under strict security at the palace of the Emir of Bichi, the father of the bride, in the presence of thousands of supporters.
Fleets of private jets were seen parked on the runway at Kano Airport, sparking outrage from residents on social media.
Days earlier, the bride and groom gave their friends pre-wedding festivities with a special polo tournament and the bride turned heads in a ‘Frozen’ themed bridal shower.
Yusuf is President Buhari’s only son. The newlyweds met in the UK where they both studied.
Prominent Nigerians who attended Saturday’s opulent ceremony included the country’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former President Goodluck Jonathan and Buhari’s main challenger in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubukar.
Popular Islamic cleric Ahmad Abubakar Gumi sharply criticized the display of opulence by the Nigerian ruling class at the wedding.
Nigerian health organizations have also expressed concern over the mass rally at the wedding of the president’s son following the recent surge in Covid infections in the country, weeks after the highly contagious Delta variant was detected.
“It was President Buhari who signed the law that made non-compliance with COVID-19 protocols punishable by anyone, but it is the cream of his officials who do not use face masks and do not respect distancing social, ”JOHESU spokesperson, Olumide Akintayo added.
“There is no fixed price for the dowry … people pay varying amounts according to their ability and social status. Some pay 10,000 or even less,” Useini Zakari, an expert, told CNN. religious from Zaria, in the north-west of Kaduna State.