The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has advised married couples in the state and Nigeria at large, to uphold the ordinance guiding the union as the institution was ordained by God for companionship and procreation.
Gov Emmanuel gave the advice when he attended the solemnization of holy matrimony between former Miss Mercy Ayanam, daughter of the Chief Secretary, Salvation Army Corps, Nigerian Territory, Lt. Col. Friday Ayanam and Engr. Ubong Obot, son of Engr. Donald Obot, his mother, Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr Elizabeth Obot, held at Salvation Army Corps, Udotung Ubo Street in uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital.
He charged the parents in-law not to interfere in the affairs of the couple but allow them to make mistakes and come out of it, stressing that no two marriages are the same and advised the couple to value the union and avoid third parties in their affairs.
Governor Emmanuel, while congratulating the couple, described the marriage as unique being the first marriage contracted by the child of his cabinet member and congratulated the parents of the couple for fulfilling the obligation of grooming their children to the level of going into matrimony and prayed God’s blessing upon the couple.
Gov Emmanuel thanked the church for the support given his administration through prayers, assuring that the economy will bounce back and advised Nigerians not to loose hope but learn from this present economic situation.
In his homily, the Territorial Commander, Nigeria Territory of the Salvation Army Corps, Colonel Victor Leslie, emphasised that successful matrimony is founded on love. He explained that love requires loyalty and exhibition of all round affection without a tingle of pretence and prayed God to bless the union.
The Highpoint of the ceremony was exchange of marital vows and rings symbolising the bond of love between Engr and Mrs Ubong Obot.