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Untold Story of the Gov. Mala Buni and Gumsu Abacha Wedding



By Michael Effiong

Slightly over two years after her 20 year-old marriage crashed, drop dead gorgeous Gumsu Fatima Abacha has found love again!

The second daughter of late dictator, General Sani Abacha has sent tongues wagging with her recent hush hush wedding to Yobe State Governor and Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mai Mala Buni.

Fondly called Tutupie by family and close friends, Gumsu’s wedding has been in the realm of speculations for months until it was confirmed when a Wedding Fatiha was hosted at the home of Mohammed Abacha, the bride’s elder brother.

The soft-spoken groom is a taciturn, media-shy gentleman, who does not court attention, but marrying into the Abacha family, especially picking a glamorous and popular woman like Gumsu, was certainly bound to attract the media-and the couple, in the past few days, have become “THE NEWS”.

Despite holding a public office, Governor Buni has not said a word about the wedding and Gumsu, who is fond of posting personal milestones on her Instagram page, has not written about this latest development in her life. The the only evidence of her new status is that she has changed her instagram handle to now read: Gumsu Abacha M.M. Buni

Those who know Gumsu are surprised that she has taken another shot at matrimony especially as she may have been emotionally hurt by her previous wedding to top Cameroonian businessman and politician, Mohamadou Bayero Fadil.

That 1999 wedding was one that brought so much joy to the Abacha family because it came at the period the family was trying to come to terms with the death of their patriarch.

As expected, Bayero, who is from Garoua, Northern Cameroun and Gumsu, from Kano, Nigeria were inseparable. They were always spotted in Doula, Abuja or Kano. The couple also spent quite some time in France and Turkey.

In 2000, they took their love story an extra notch when Gumsu was delivered of a lovely baby girl at the famous American Hospital in Paris, France.

Our Sister publication, OVATION INTERNATIONAL captured that momentous moment in the Abacha family because the new baby became the family’s first grand child.

According to Ovation” Gumsu was delivered of the baby by her acclaimed doctor, Dr. Tibi Charles. Their bundle of joy arrived thirty-nine weeks into her pregnancy and ten months after their celebrated wedding.

“Gumsu said in a telephone interview with our London office “Bayero looked confused, scared and concerned because he did not want to lose me or the baby”

“He had flown in from Cameroon that very morning. He spent another four days before going back. As soon as the delivery took place, Bayero telephoned Kano and broke the news to Gumsu’s sister, Mrs Zainab Dalhatu and mum, Hajia Maryam Abacha and in-law, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu. An elated family congratulated the Fadils, one after the other.

When Hajia Maryam heard her daughter’s voice on the other end of the line she said “Congrats…Alhamdullilah”.

“Asked why Paris, Gumsu explained that France is like her husband’s second home, and he has a lot of business interests in Paris”

“Also, the Bayero family patronize American Hospital and usually stay at Le Meridien Hotel, Paris, but because of the new baby, they had to rent a service apartment.

“She ate her favourite meal of jollof rice and fried plantain and mangoes, which she brought from Cameroun. She also ate a lot of salads and drank a lot juices”

“The baby was named Maryam after her maternal grand mother and given a second name, Sultana, suggesting royalty.” After this bundle of joy arrived, the couple cemented their love with four more children.

Therefore, many where shocked when news broke that Gumsu and Bayero Fadil had parted ways due to irreconcilable differences.

Though the December 2019 divorce was not public, but the cat was let out of the bag when Gumsu changed her name on social media and Bayero also edited his Wikipedia profile.

Insiders have revealed to The Boss that though the divorce was painful, they are not bitter enemies, in fact, we gathered that the Abacha family reportedly broke the news of Gumsu’s new marriage directly to Bayero by sending him a video of the wedding ceremony.

Though we did not know how this romance began, we are told that Gumsu, 47, who is opinionated, bold and blessed with beauty and brains, has been swept off her feet and truly in love with Governor Buni ,who is in his early 50s has no qualms about being wife No.4

The Boss gathered that the love between the pair is mutual and they are also very fond of each other.

On his part, Governor Buni will be glad that he has added Gumsu to his family. Before now, he had married a third wife, Ummi Adama Geidam, daughter of the gentleman he succeeded as Yobe State Governor now Senator Ibrahim Geidam.

Many believed this marriage had a political undertone as Geidam had already indicated to all that he wanted to hand over to Buni, who was APC National Secretary at the time.

The wedding Fatiha was simple.It was an Islamic affair that was attended by friends of both families including Col. Hamid Ali, Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Basheer Garba Lado, Rt Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Abdullahi Maikano.. Sheikh Daurawa among others

The union of the couple and their families was sealed with prayers coordinated by Islamic clerics.

This particular wedding can be described as the quietest event in the Abacha Household in recent memory.

Gumsu with husband, Governor Mai Mala Buni

The Abacha are not known to have subtle parties. They love celebrating their events in extra special and glamorous ways. In 2002, when Mohammed Abacha married his first wife, Fatima in Kaduna and Kano, it was a carnival.

The wedding Fathia was attended by such personalities as Former President, General Ibrahim Babangida (Rtd) and wife, Maryam, Jigawa State Governor, Saminu Turaki, Senator Diasy Danjuma, Ireti Kingibe and Laila Dogonyaro among many others.

When his brother, Mahmud also got married in 2013, the wedding reception at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja was filled with celebrated Nigerians including Mrs Ajoke Murtala-Mohammed, Mrs Aisha Buhari, Prince Nasir Ado Bayero, Governor Seriake Dickson, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, and many others.

Maybe because of COVID-19 or the simple and quiet nature of the groom, the wedding ceremony of Gumsu and Governor Mala Buni did not follow this usual Abacha-style pattern, it was understated without any razzmatazz.

The Abachas in Year 2000: Zainab, Hajia Maryam, Rekiya and Gumsu

That not withstanding, we gathered that the day was successfully executed as planned, and the love birds are glad that it went well and they can now officially call each other husband and wife!

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Fuel Subsidy Removal: FG, Labour Meeting Ends in Deadlock




Talks between the Federal Government and organised labour over the removal of fuel subsidy ended in a deadlock on Wednesday as they failed to reach a consensus following the hike in petrol pump prices to over N700 from N195 per litre by oil marketers.

The hours-long meeting which was held at the Presidential Villa was to, among other things, prevent a labour crisis following the recent increase in the petrol pump price occasioned by the discontinuance of petroleum subsidy.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited said it had adjusted the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit to reflect the market realities. The agency, however, failed to state the new prices of petrol.

However, several retails outlets sold the product between 600 and N800 in Lagos, Abuja , Ogun and some other states.

The National Public Relations Officer, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Chief Chinedu Ukadike, pointed out that the hike in the cost of PMS would trigger galloping inflation in the country, stressing that some outlets in the South-East were currently dispensing the product at N1,200/l.

Ukadike stated, “Once NNPCL retail stations have adjusted their pumps to reflect the new price, there is nothing you can do about it; that is the new price. As I speak with you, all of them are now selling at the new prices. The situation is so bad, that somewhere in Ebonyi State our members informed us that it is now N1,200/litre.

“We thought the President would remove the subsidy through a seamless means because the source of this petrol is the NNPCL. They are the ones subsidising petroleum products, they are the people who use their revenue to subsidise this product.’’

The IPMAN spokesperson expressed worry over the rate of increase in inflation and hardship that would come as a result of the latest hike in petrol price.

“This hike in petrol price will definitely lead to galloping inflation and will worsen the hardship already being faced by the Nigerian masses. It is not something to cheer about. It came as a surprise and in the coming days, we will see the very harsh ripple effects,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Ukadike has called on the Federal Government and the NNPCL to give other marketers the opportunity to start importing petrol in order to create competition in the sector.

“The NNPCL is importing and has not given people the opportunity to join them in importing so as to see whether private sector operators can import the product cheaper or not. So there is no competition. In a deregulated regime, there must be competition, everyone with capacity should be allowed to import,” the IPMAN official stated.

When asked whether other marketers could resume imports since the government had finally deregulated petrol prices, Ukadike replied, “Marketers can import, but let me tell you some of the factors militating against this. The first is that there won’t be availability of dollars.

“You will source your dollar from the parallel market and if you are not careful in doing this, and you go into the importation of petroleum products, you might not ‘come out of it alive’ at the end of the day.

“So what we are saying is that those advantages that NNPCL has, should be shared with other major importers of petroleum products. If it is through crude buy-back, they should let us know so that independent players such as IPMAN members can come together and be able to use it in the buy-back model.’’

He added, “For independent marketers, the most important thing is that there should be availability of petroleum products, and the government should open up the space for importers and investors to come in.”

NNPCL, the sole importer of petrol into Nigeria for several years running, confirmed the hike in petrol price in a statement and a new pricing template released to marketers nationwide.

But the move has sparked a groundswell of anger across the nation with the Nigeria Labour Congress demanding an immediate reversal of the decision.

The union also said it would hold an emergency meeting on Friday on the fuel price increase which had triggered hoarding and scarcity across the country with attendant rise in transport fares, goods and services.

The fuel price hike by the oil firm is coming 72 hours after President Bola Tinubu declared in his inaugural address on Monday that the subsidy regime had ended.

To pacify the growing anger over the situation, the FG hastily summoned some labour leaders to a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday evening.

The meeting had in attendance the NLC President, Joe Ajaero and his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Festus Osifo, former NLC President and immediate past governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar, Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPCL, Mele Kyari, and others, however, ended in a deadlock as the labour and government teams failed to reach a consensus.

Speaking at the end of the meeting, Joe Ajaero, said “As far as labour is concerned, we didn’t have a consensus in this meeting.”

He faulted the NNPCL over an official release published hours earlier reviewing the petrol pump price in its filling stations nationwide.

He said the move puts the labour unions in a difficult position on the negational table.

“That’s the principle of negotiation. You don’t put the partner, ask them to negotiate under gunpoint. The prayer of the NLC is that we go back to the status quo, negotiate, think of alternatives and all the effects and how to manage the effects this action is going to have on the people. If it is an action that must take off.

“The subsidy provision has been made up to the end of June. And before then, conscious people, labour management, and the government should be able to think of what will happen at the end of June. You don’t start it before the time,” Ajaero said.

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Breaking: Founder, DAAR Communications, Raymond Dokpesi is Dead




By Eric Elezuo

The Founder of DAAR Communications, owners of the foremost radio and television stations in Nigeria, Raypower and African Independent Television (AIT), High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, is dead.

Reliable sources said the High Chief died while exercising on a treadmill on Monday afternoon.

The source said Dopkesi suffered a stroke some weeks ago.

Details soon…

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I Stand on Rule of Law, with Our Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, PDP, Says Dele Momodu




By Eric Elezuo

Frontline journalist and Director of Strategic Communications of the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Council in the just concluded Presidential election, Chief Dele Momodu, had said that he remains a loyal member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and will always stand on the side of rule of law, and with the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Momodu made the revelations in a statement he signed himself, noting that the last election, which brought Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to power, was savagely manipulated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He praised the steps Atiku, and the presidential candidate of the Labour candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, have taken in seeking legal redress.

The statement in details:


My position on the state of our country NIGERIA is simple and straightforward. I’m a loyal member of PDP who owes absolute allegiance to Nigeria and its Rule of Law. My political party PDP and others passionately hold the view that the last Presidential election was savagely manipulated by the ruling party APC and the cases are already in courts. Nothing will make me abandon my party on the altar of convenience and profit. Win or lose, I will continue to stand on this principle without any malice or prejudice against those who think otherwise. Democracy is a game of choice and I’m resolutely standing by our candidate, the former Vice President ALHAJI ATIKU ABUBAKAR (GCON) who has taken the honorable and peaceful step of going to court to seek redress. This is the only way we can deepen our hard earned Democracy. Sacrifice is not always convenient but painful.

I salute and respect The Wazirin Adamawa and others like my dear friend and Brother, former Governor Peter Obi, the Labor Party Presidential candidate, for promoting the best tenets of Democracy in Nigeria and I’m willing to encourage them rather than discourage their onerous quests…


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