A Clergy of the Catholic Church, Rev. Fr. Justin Udoma has said that marriage is God’s ordained institution that must be cherished and respected by all.
Fr. Udoma stated this Friday at the St Athanasius Parish, Nung Oku Ibesikpo during the celebration of holy matrimony between Princess Esit-Ime Solomon Etuk and Prince Iberedem Eventus Hilary.
Citing the direct statement of God the Creator from Genesis 2:18-24 and drawing inferences from Mark 10:6-9, the priest stated that marriage was a creation of God which was ordained to address the “plague of man’s solitude”.
Noting that marriage has its different phases with high and low tides, Fr. Udoma explained that God has ordained man to multiply through procreation which can only be properly achieved in marriage.
The minister insisted that God normally joined man and woman in marriage to become one flesh and cautioned that the society, friends and in-laws must not interfere or disrupt the Union because “what God has joined together, no man should put assunder”.
He pointed out that the Union must be fueled with love and understanding by the parties involved and not be dissolved by spectators who are only passively connected to the bond that ties the couple together.
The Cleric encouraged the newly wedded and indeed all existing marriages to live together in peace and harmony and not allow the enemy to sow tares in their midst, so they can maximally enjoy their Union.
In his speech, the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Moses Ekpo, MFR who described marriage as a contract between two people, congratulated the couple for chosing to embark on an eternal journey of love amongst themselves.
Moses Ekpo prayed God’s grace for a lasting marital bliss upon the two lovers, and sought God’s door of fruitfulness, good health and wealth to open onto them.
The Union was sealed when the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Victor Nworgu who conducted the solemnization along side other priests, pronounced them man and wife.
Gracing the Royal Wedding were the God’s Parents/Sponsors of the marriage, Sir/Lady Joseph Etuk, KSJI; Fathers of the Day, His Eminence Ntenyin Dr Solomon Etuk, JP and Obong (Sir) Eventus Hilary, KSJI, as well as Mothers of the Day, Akwa Obonganwan Philomena Etuk and Lady Rose Hilary.
The event also had as Guest of Honour, His Excellency Mr Udom Emmanuel, Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Moses Ekpo; and the Governor of the Feast, HRM Edidem Raymond Timothy Inyang, FCA, Paramount Ruler of Onna LGA and Secretary General, Ifim Ibom Ibibio.
Meanwhile, the ceremony also had in attendance former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Arch (Obong) Victor Attah; Prelate Emeritus of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Prelate Sunday Mbang; Immediate Past Vice Chancellor of University of Uyo, Prof Enefiok Essien, SAN; the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-Eyen, among many other prominent personalities.