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Who’s the Next Governor-in-Law?

By Eni-B

You must be familiar with father-in-law or mother-in-law or brother-in-law or sister-in-law or son-in-law or daughter-in-law. However, you may not have had the phrase, governor-in-law, even if its semantic implication may not be too difficult to decipher.  For want of a better name, governor-in-law refers to the new craze among the powerful elements in the ruling establishment to marry their daughters off to state governors. With the new thinking, it is not enough to have a politically or materially well-heeled son-in-law, the prospective husband has to be a state governor. And considering the love of titles by the generality of our politicians and their incredible capacity for resourcefulness and innovation in creating a title for every occasion, it might not be a bad idea to have something like governor-in-law, particularly as son-in-law is now very ordinary. Indeed, such adventure in lexical invention could be one notable contribution we could make to the vocabulary of the English Language.
Who else should take the credit for this but the First Family. 


First Lady Turai Yar’Adua, said to be politically smart and a powerful voice in this administration, is believed to be the moving force behind the marriage of two of her daughters to two state governors.  Zainab was the first to be given out to Governor Usman Dakingari of Kebbi State. She joined the Dakingari household early last year as third wife.

Two weeks ago, Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State took as fourth wife, Nafisat, another daughte of  President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.


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