Will Aisha Ba­bangida Ever Re­marry?


The jury is still out on the will­ing­ness or oth­er­wise of Aisha, first daugh­ter of Nige­ria’s for­mer mil­i­tary pres­i­dent, Ibrahim Ba­bangida, to give mar­riage an­other shot. A se­rial vic­tim of love, Aisha’s first love, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, was Kola Abi­ola, son of the late multi­bil­lion­aire busi­ness ty­coon and pre­sump­tive win­ner of the June 12, 1993, pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, Chief MKO Abi­ola. But when pol­i­tics drove a wedge be­tween the two fam­i­lies, the love­birds had to search for love in other places.

Aisha was a starry-eyed lass when she got mar­ried to Basheer Nal­abo Garba, a rel­a­tive of the Abachas, in 2003, but the mar­riage col­lapsed within three years over ac­cu­sa­tions of in­tol­er­ance and ar­ro­gance ma­jorly on the part of Aisha. Few years later, she found love again in the arms of the much older Al­haji Aliyu Shinkafi, then the gover­nor of Zam­fara State. Aisha wil­fully went into the mar­riage as the gover­nor’s third wife. Aisha would how­ever meet with out­right en­mity in Shinkafi’s home es­pe­cially from the two older wives.

Not long af­ter, es­pe­cially with Shinkafi fail­ing in his re-elec­tion bid, the flame of the mar­riage soon pe­tered out. And Aisha was back on the sin­gles’ list. In a re­la­tion­ship at the mo­ment, which she is un­der­stand­ably keep­ing hush-hush, it is un­likely that the ebony beauty wants an­other go at mar­riage af­ter her two pre­vi­ous failed stints. Con­versely, her tough luck with mar­riage seems to ap­ply to her sib­lings. Her im­me­di­ate younger brother and scion of the Ba­bangida dynasty, Mo­hammed, has been through his fair share of failed mar­riages. He spent the best part of 2017 be­ing har­ried by his for­mer wife, Ra­hama, daugh­ter of Maiduguri-based bil­lion­aire, Mo­hammed Indimi. They got mar­ried in 2004 and went on to have four kids, yet, when their prob­lems be­gan, she went on so­cial me­dia con­ve­niently for­get­ting that the in­ter­net does not forget.

Re­la­tions be­tween them de­gen­er­ated so badly that she even pe­ti­tioned Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, the Sul­tan of Sokoto, the Chief Jus­tice of the Fed­er­a­tion and the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice al­leg­ing ha­rass­ment by Mo­hammed. De­spite re­turn­ing to his child­hood love, Umma Wali, with whom he had a son last year, Mo­hammed is not just en­joy­ing do­mes­tic felic­ity. On the other hand, Aminu, the last Ba­bangida son seems to have sworn by a life of per­pet­ual bach­e­lor­hood. Aminu is the chair­man of Unity Bank and de­spite all the wealth and women at his dis­posal, mar­riage doesn’t seem to be on the cards for him.

Aisha Ba­bangida

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