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Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal Marries Second Wife | On the Courtship, Low-Key Wedding & More



Maryam Mairo Mustapha

Maryam Mairo Mustapha

The governor of Sokoto, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, 50, is now married for the second time to a Maryam Mairo Mustapha who is 36 years old.

The governor as a Muslim, can marry up to four wives. Here’s Tambuwal and his first wife, Hajiya Mariya Aminu Tambuwal.

Aminu Tambuwal and his First Wife, Hajiya Mariya

Aminu Tambuwal and his First Wife, Hajiya Mariya

Aminu Tambuwal WivesThe private ceremony is said to have taken place in Kano on Thursday last week, on Thursday. Because it wasn’t a grand affair, many people were saying it was a ‘secret’ wedding.Aminu Tambuwal and Maryam Mairo-second wife

However, the bride’s friend has come out to give the full details of the courtship and low-key wedding on Facebook, saying the Governor made it a quiet affair in order not to spend state funds.

Celebrating Mrs. Tambuwal
I knew about Maryam Mairo Mustapha’s years of courtship with Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, since he was the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

I planned to travel to Kano from Abuja to attend the wedding on Friday, but a last-minute official engagement spoilt my plan. Mairo won’t easily forgive me for this.

Tambuwal and Mairo’s plan to marry was deliberately delayed until he left office as Speaker of the House of Representatives. But as fate would have it, Tambuwal got another office, a situation that ultimately defeated his aversion to publicity and pomp and pageantry inherent in political office holders’ marriage.

To set the records straight for gossip news sites that concoct stories to amuse their readers, it was not a “secret marriage” as all the mandatory rites provided by Islam were fulfilled. The Chief Imam of Kano, Professor Sani Zahraddeen, officiated the marriage at the residence of her guardian, Lawal Mukhtar, a dowry was paid and family members, relatives and friends witnessed it.

Tambuwal’s preference to low-key marriage is understandable. In Nigeria, once the marriage of a governor is made public, it will become a state affair, and the public till will be tilted to fund the private affair. In such marriages, public funds are usually used to fund elaborate parties, chartered flights, mother’s eve, (and even grandmothers eve), celebrity magazines, etc.
Well-educated, unassuming, kind and accomplished woman, Mairo garnered years of work experience in telecoms, oil and gas, IT, and energy sectors.

Mairo Mustapha Balarabe is a daughter of a former Member of the House of Representatives (1979-1983) and one of the educated disciples of late Malam Aminu Kano. Among the Members of the House of Representatives from Kano in those days, late Mustapha Balarabe and Sidi H. Ali were the only ones who remained loyal to Malam Aminu Kano.

At a point, Malam Aminu Kano considered him for the governorship ticket of PRP in 1982, but the permutation changed when Sabo Bakinzuwo, a senator then, picked the ticket. He was later appointed the commissioner of finance in the Sabo Bakinzuwo administration in 1983. He died in 1986.

Although it is a special moment for Mairo, but she surely will be in tears. In such a special day when Hajia, who died in 2011, was not alive to see Mairo in her matrimonial home, counsel her, embrace her, pray for her, it will be a mixed feeling of joy, grief and tears.

Congrats, Sister Mairo!
Maryam Mairo Mustapha 2

Photo Credit: Bride’s Facebook Page |


  1. hatersgonhate

    February 7, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Every malam with his kettle, may God save the poor and lowly citizens expecting a positive change.

    • kadara

      February 7, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      At least he chose a grown woman and the first wife seems okay with it so i’ve got no problem with it. Goodluck to them all in the marriage

    • fleur

      February 7, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      The head gears are bothersome, I have to say. Is the head gear weirdness in vogue among that age group of northern elite women – the whole sikh-adapted hear gear? Anyway, so the speaker’s privates were jamming routinely with Mairo’s privates until they decided to legitimize the jamming recently. I did not know Quran said it was okay to be jamming privates before marriage for years while your real wives dey siddon look. Nigerian men and their nonsense. Aaaagh. Let me get off.

    • Idomagirl

      February 8, 2016 at 8:14 am

      What is all this talk about jamming privates?
      So because they were courting you automatically assume there must be sex involved.
      Na wa o.

  2. E.A

    February 7, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I don’t even know what to say, but cannot bring myself to say congratulations. Maybe I’m in a bad mood but really age 50 and another wife, let me guess because it is our culture smh. If the lady’s only in her 30s I,guess more kids , because that’s all we need in Nigeria men just reproducing everywhere.

    • swagg1

      February 7, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      Amebo, is your body complaining on behalf of another womans body to bear kids???Take several seats, i beg.

  3. kilipot

    February 7, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I really don’t care much since she’s not 8,9 or 14. She’s 36. Whatever rocks her boat.

  4. Exclusive

    February 7, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Yes, its their culture and his religion says it’s okay as long as he fulfils certain tenets.
    She’s 36, not a child. I think she’s old enough to know what’s good for her and make her own choices.
    If they make it an elaborate wedding, people will cry foul and say it’s the nation’s money, a simple wedding and we’re hearing “secret wedding”. It is well with our souls.
    Congratulations, Mario. God bless your home.

  5. FasholasLover

    February 7, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Can anyone here remember that picture of his first wife during his swearing in ceremony? When l saw her covered up like a masquerade, l knew it was a matter of time before a second wife loads. His type forbid their first wives to wear make up, they must cover up, plait hair with thread, no weave only to marry the exact opposite. Tambuwal wants to be President so, he has now married an educated woman. Shit happens all the time.

  6. Kemi

    February 7, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Is it just me or is the first wife prettier? Just my one cent on the matter

  7. Dizzy

    February 7, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Oh boy!! Just for the fact that she is not 14 going on 12 !! I’m okay with it.

  8. NaijaPikin

    February 7, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    You go fear friend dropping the full gist. More like special adviser on media matters

  9. Hauwa Dauda

    February 7, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Mairo Mustee kenan! Rolling big from time immemorial, I used to think she was a member of the Abatcha family. Let’s see how this plays out. Good luck Gurl.

  10. mo

    February 7, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Yes, the first is prettier. The second is eyes kongba.

    • swagg1

      February 7, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      Haba, give the amariya a break.

  11. ATL's finest

    February 7, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Mtchew!!! And they say we don’t ve money. But I bet this so called ‘Secret ceremony’ cost a fortune. The greed to have a 2nd-100 wives is so RIDIC mtchew. At least she’s a grown woman & maybe five years down the lane she’s will be a senior to another new wife/mate.

  12. Iris

    February 7, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    It seems like we are supposed to give this man a cookie for not spending state funds on his wedding. See how the friend has said a more expensive wedding would require state funds as if that is normal, and he was considerate enough to make it smaller so our money wouldn’t have to pay for it. Today is Sunday so i won’t ask thunder to fire you. Girl, bye!
    As for his second wedding, it is legal and his bride is an adult, so good for them.

  13. Jema

    February 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Wow what an ethnicity.

  14. nnenne

    February 7, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I guess polygamy is legal in Nigeria, so I ought to say, HML.
    On the other hand, it’s about time, Africans, not just Nigerians start planning and projecting their future:
    1. How much resources do we have?
    2. What is our true population?
    3. How does the resources go around per person?
    4. At what rate is our population growing?
    5. Does that match the growth of our resources/ amenities ?
    6. ;What do we do to ensure that our population does not get out of hand because of obvious consequences?

    Some say, we should continue with procreation just like our fore fathers and like the leaders of our religion. Question is, do we live in the same time as those people?
    Were their day to day needs same as ours?
    Whereas their kids went to the farm, ours are going to school. Whereas their wives could afford to comfortably stay home/ housewives, ours can only dream about that because our needs are simply not the same.
    So cultures most evolve over time to suit every situation and time line.

    BTW family planning is not just for the poor and polygamy messes it up.

    One would have thought that our educated and informed leaders knew that.

    Why Am I Concerned?
    Because the nuisance in any society affects all!!
    Happy Sunday, my people! !!!!

  15. Hafiz

    February 7, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Gaskia Tambuwal kayi faduwar bakar tasa, saidai agumi amma tagama yawon a titi

  16. JEGAism

    February 7, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    I guess if the new wife was in her 20’s i’d raise an eyelid to that but she’s 36 so she’s matured enough to know what she’s getting into. Their religion allows it so why not. We have southern traditionalists who have more than one wife.

  17. SOLO ACT

    February 8, 2016 at 7:41 am

    knowing northerners we just have to tank God shes not 9 years old

  18. mulikat

    February 8, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I like this kind of marriage, they are both mature people ,educated not force marraige,she is 36 and he is 50,very gud age,may God bless ur happy about this kind of marriage,not 8 ys force to marry 28 e.t.c last time iread here ,that is very bad,she stil kids playing with sand.

  19. Zulkiful UMARU

    July 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    I like that man. But his defaut is that he forgets those who stand by his side before he attended that level. Hope that second wife is not like him…

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