Gov. Emmanuel Tasks Clergies On Successful Marriage
Alarmed by the spate of divorce among married couples in the society, Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has called on the clergies to rise up to the challenge and help reverse the trend.
The Governor made the call at Qua Iboe Church, Abak Road, Uyo, where he attended the solemnization of Holy matrimony between former Miss Eseobong Mbaba and Mr Odudu Ekwere.
He described marriage as a sacred institution ordained by God stating that it mysteries can only be unravelled through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He frowned at the high rate of break up in marriage and attributed it to selfishness and worldly influence.
Governor Emmanuel noted that couples dissipate energy to plan the ceremony with little attention to the marriage which requires constant exhibition of passion and attention to the needs of each other.
He advised Parents not to interfere in the marriage of their children but should allow them to make mistakes and learn from it as they advance in the union. He congratulated the couples for their decision to stay together for the rest of their lives saying “that they have done the society, families and their parents proud by the decision.”
Earlier, Justice of the Supreme Court, Suleman Galadima, advised the couple to make God the Centre of their marriage, respect, love and tolerate each other as they step in to a new phase of their lives. He congratulated the parents of the couple for giving out their children in marriage.
Justice Galadima who spoke through Justice Inyang Okoro, urged the Church to sink the walls of division and uphold the vision of Reverend Samuel Bill who brought the Church to this part of the world in his quest to propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The father of the Bride Justice Ita Mbaba, who spoke on behalf of the parents, expressed appreciation to God for sparing their lives to witness the wedlock of their children and thanked the guest for gracing the occasion.
Preaching on the theme “Understanding In Marriage,” the Minister in charge, Reverend Effiong Usoro, identified understanding as the key to marital bliss, He called on husbands to love their wives sacrificially as Christ love the Church and advised the wife not to compromise submission to vain glory. Reverend Effiong said that marriage is a union which brings two persons to live, love and become one as husband and wife. He prayed and blessed the couple and wished them eternal marital bliss in the Union.
Highpoint of the solemnization was the signing of marriage register and presentation of gift by various associations in the Church.