Sulaiman Muhammad, a Kaduna-based man has explained why he married the fiancée of his elder brother, Abubakar, an air force officer who died in February 2021, two weeks to his wedding.
Abubakar was killed during a gun duel with armed bandits at Ungwan Laya near Birnin Gwari on Saturday, February 13. He was buried the next day, March 14. He was about to get married and had shared his pre-wedding photos before his tragic end.
Recently, his fiancee, Hajara Ahmad, shocked many when she tied the knot with his younger brother, Sulaiman, at a private family function.
In an interview with BBC Pidgin, Sulaiman who is an interior designer explained why he got married to Hajara. He said his brother’s death was devastating to him but that the circumstances surrounding his marriage to Hajara were ordained by God. According to him, shortly after Abubakar’s death, Hajara sent word to him through her family that she likes him and will like to get married to him.
He mentioned that he was in a relationship with another lady before Hajara came into the picture and that the lady had to accept her fate after he got married to Hajara.
He said what matters to him the most is that both families are in support of their union.
“Abubakar was my immediate elder brother and I loved him very much. His death still hurts me so much.
What happened was that, after his death, the fiancée’s family sent a message to my family. And the message is that the lady said she likes me and instead of calling off the wedding that was just three weeks away, it would be better I replace my brother, and today we are husband and wife.
I had a girlfriend but this thing that happened is destiny and I am glad that my ex-girlfriend accepted it the way it is. Both families are in support of what we did and that is the most important thing.
My friend showed me some of the comments on social media but I’m not moved at all because God has already blessed our wedding. It rained on our wedding day to show God’s blessings.”he said