Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will not use government money to fund his daughter's wedding, his spokesperson has said. Zahra Buhari, the president's second daughter, married her fiance Ahmed Mohammed Indimi on Friday (16 November).
Garba Shehu, Buhari's spokesperson, said in a statement the president's family was "trying hard to keep it as simple as possible".
"In a twist from what was a norm amongst past leaders, the president asked to be given the bill for the food at the banquet. Government, he said, has no business paying for that," he explained.
Shehu went on to say that there would be no government money in invitation cards or souvenirs paid for by the government. "His family and personal aides put the money together to foot the bill," said Shehu, "That's essential Buhari for you!!"
The wedding celebration will end tomorrow, with Zahra heading to her husband's home. Her husband is the son of magnate Mohammed Indimi, the chairman of Nigerian oil exploration company Oriental Energy.
Buhari, who took power in 2015, vowed he would eradicate corruption. The leader has sought the help of several countries, including the UK, the US and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to locate and repatriate embezzled Nigerian funds reinvested outside the African nation.