Anambra - No fewer than 25 soldiers from the 302 Artillery Regiment and 14 Field Engineer Regiment in the Onitsha Military Cantonment have wedded at the St. Peters’ Military Church, Onitsha.
The mass wedding, which created great joy at the Cantonment, attracted a mammoth crowd of relatives, friends and well-wishers of the newly wedded couples from different parts of the country.
Rev. (Sgt) Daniel Danlami in his homily during the wedding service, admonished the newly weds to put God first in all their affairs and to worship together before the day’s duties.
Danlami, who preached on the theme ``Building a Strong Marriage’’, added that ``every successful marriage is a reflection of a family’s closeness to God because it is only God who can grant perfect love in marriages and families.
``It is certain that marriage is not a bed of roses; at times there might be trials and challenges.
``But the family that has its foundation on the deep knowledge of God will surely overcome times of adversities.’’
He, however, urged couples to be patient with each other and try to put second and third parties aside in their family affairs.
In a goodwill message, Col. Taritimaya Gagariga, the Commander of Onitsha Military Cantonment, congratulated the newly wedded soldiers and their wives and wished them happy and prosperous married lives.
Gagariga said that the wedding would help the Nigerian Army to easily sort out the issue of next-of-kin of the soldiers.
``It is a thing of great joy for me to see 25 soldiers getting married at the same time. I am overwhelmed with joy that soldiers under my command will want to live responsible family lives.’’
Ossai Abu, 39, one of the newly wedded soldiers, thanked the commander and other top officers who supported them to take the bold step of getting wedded in Church.