The Catholic Bishop of Kontagora Diocese, in Niger state Most Reverend Dr. Bulus Dauwa Yohanna has conducted a mass wedding for thirty couples in the state.
While joining the couples in holy matrimony at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Agwarra local government area of Niger state, Bishop Yohanna explained that, until a couple is joined together in marriage legally both traditionally (through bride prize) and blessed in the church it is wrong for them to cohabit.
Bishop Bulus Yohanna explained that “the people of Agwarra rely more on traditional marriage which encourages them to cohabit with more than one wife without paying their bride prizes.
“We have to encourage them to do what is right especially as Catholics. With this blessing of marriage, these thirty couples are now legally and officially married”.
Bishop Yohanna while disclosing that, marriage is meant for the prepared adults, said “some people refer to their marriages as dead while still alive due to lingering issues that are not tackled on time thereby causing couples not to talk to one another even while living in the same apartment”.
The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Okoro while disclosing that the thirty couples completed their marriage traditional rites especially paying their bride prizes, said they were subjected to three months marriage counselling which qualified them to be joined in the church.
One of the couples, Shuaibu Bisallah and his wife expressed their joy, saying, they have cohabited for several years with four children. “We are happy now that we are officially married.