By Nick Chibunna
It was a day of joy penultimate Saturday when people from all parts of the country gathered at St. John’s Anglican Church, New Owerri, Imo State capital to witness the solemnization of the Holy Matrimony between former Miss Gordian Chinonye Ibekwe of Umuokolo Umudibia, Nekede in the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State and Master Tochukwu Ezeji of Umuduruonyeoma Umudim in the Ikeduru Coucil.
Mr Tochukwu Ezeji is the second son of High Chief (Sir) Gideon Ezeji, the Imo State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP).
Delivering his homily on the virtues of family life, an Anglican Cleric, Ven. (Engr.) Obioma Okere counselled parents not to interfere unduely in the affairs of their married children. Describing marriage as the first institution ordained by God, Ven. Okere said that man was created in God’s image and likeness for Himself, not for any other person, warning that any undue interference is bound to kick start family troubles.
To the newly married, Ven. Okere enjoined them to love and cherish one another, and always trusting in the grace of God in the event of any problem. He said that marriage as precious as it is, cannot be enterprise, warning the couple to abstain from any unwholesome act that would influence the peace of their new home.
To the bridegroom, the cleric counselled Tochukwu to see his wife Chinonye as his first love, adding that our great father Jacob was in servitude for seven years because of wrong choice in marriage, adding that with Chinonye, Tochukwu must have found his Rachel.
It was a serious of joy and jubilation as guests danced and hogged one another with the church choir loading in praise and worship.
At the reception venue, the NUP capacity Hall, the new couple was greatly celebrated as their parents danced and testified to the goodness of God, as gifts and wedding souvenirs were presented and exchanged.
Speaking with Christian Voice on the day’s event, Sir G.U. Ezeji, father of the groom said that it was a promise fulfilled in a grand style.
Also speaking with Christian Voice after the church service, Ven. Okere reiterated that any marriage that is not contracted according to God’s will is bound to fail. He advised intending couples to always seek the face of God before venturing into this sacred union.
The event which was well attended, was graced by prominent personalities including veteran union leaders, knights and ladies from various denomination, ministers of God, top government functionaries, and former Provost of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri, Sir Dr. Humphrey Amadi.