As the burial of General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff, and 10 others who died in a plane crash got underway in Abuja, many governors converged on Kano for the wedding of one the sons of Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
This triggered different reactions from Nigerians who felt the top military officers who died in active line of duty did not get the kind of respect they deserve.
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo were conspicuously absent at the burial which was attended by Senate President Ahmad Lawan.
After the plane crash of Friday, Malami issued a statement, saying he had cut short his son’s wedding.
But it was pomp and pageantry in Kano when Abiru Rahman Malami, second son of the minister, got married at Alfurqan Juma’at mosque in the Kano metropolis.
Among the governors who attended the wedding were Bello Matawalle (Zamfara), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano) and Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi).
ANGER ON SOCIAL MEDIA
The smooth running of the event, which was devoid of the national mourning, generated backlash on social media as seen in some of these tweets.
While the nation mourns the death of COAS and other military officers, some Northern Governors and friends of the AGF, Malami gathered in Kano to celebrate his son’s wedding. pic.twitter.com/bHgnZouIzl
— Maybeks (@Maybeks) May 22, 2021
If it is true that at the time Nigeria is going through a national tragedy of loosing our revered hero, General Attahiru, but some Northern Governors are busy celebrating a wedding ceremony of a Attorney General/Justice Minister’s son, in Nigeria, then this is a double tragedy. pic.twitter.com/c0s4XJsi12
— Adamu Garba II (@adamugarba) May 22, 2021
This is very true… Malami’s second son wedding… So unfortunate
— OLDER Granite 💎 (@Abdul_Inga) May 22, 2021
While Nigeria is busy burying our hero’s, this Governors are merrily cracking jokes at the wedding of Attorney General Malami’s Son.
We knew they have no heart… Now here is confirmation they have no soul either!
And to think our poor are blindly cheering these fools! pic.twitter.com/dQZCH3L7ty
— Bukar Tijjani, DVM (@BukarAbbah) May 22, 2021
I watched it live I heard them saying Mr president did he cm in person or sent delegation as usual? Most of the Governors & ministers were at Kano for the wedding if Attorney General son Malami.
— C H A N G E S🔥🛑 (@Itz_Changezz) May 22, 2021
So, Buhari didn’t honour the corpses of our Gallant men. 🤔💔💔💔🇳🇬
— ABDULMALIK AB (@AbdooullSG) May 22, 2021
No single respect for their @HQNigerianArmy that’s keeping Nigeria one for them👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇
PHOTOS: Amidst national grief, Nigerian governors, ministers, lawmakers attend Malami son’s wedding https://t.co/TkgRmUxTj3
— EasterN RacE (@RaceEastern) May 22, 2021
The military is the reason we can have election in the North that brought these idiots to power. Today, they couldn’t attend the COAS funeral but gathered for the 21 years old Malami son’s wedding. These are the people y’all voted. I don’t know what to call yall! pic.twitter.com/SD6cO7NXGG
— FS Yusuf (@FS_Yusuf_) May 22, 2021
Source: Daily Trust