Senator Ifeayin Okowa
It was a gathering of who is who in Delta State politics when the Senator representing Delta North in the National Assembly, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, gave out his eldest daughter, Mildred, to Professor, Ehimario Uche Igumbor, recently.
The traditional and white weddings which took place at Boji Boji, Owa and Asaba, respectively were witnessed by top politicians both from within the state and beyond as well as business executives and the many supporters of the lawmaker from across the state.
Those who graced the events included the Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, his wife, Deaconess Roli, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Peter Onwusanya, Senator James Manager, who represented the Senate President, wife of the deputy governor, Mrs. Nelly Utuama, PDP State Chairman, Chief Peter Nwaoboshi, Senior Political Adviser to the State Governor, Chief Ighoyota Amori, NDDC Commissioner representing Delta State, Chief Tom Amioku and his wife, Ambassador Godson Echegile and his wife, Hon. Ejaife Odebala, former Speakers, Hon. Victor Ochei and Martins Okonta, Secretary to the State Government, Comrade Ovuozorie Maucaley, Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, Dr. Festus Okubor, Rear Admiral Peter Eluma, Col. Godwin Eboma, the CBN Governor-Designate, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, former deputy governors, Evang. Simeon Eborka and Chief Benjamin Elue, Hon. (Engr.) Doris Uboh-Ogunkoya, former PDP State Chairman, Sir (Engr.) Pius Senebe, Chief Clement Ofuani, Hon. Michael Diden (Ejele), Queen Victoria Ikenchukwu, Deputy Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Basil Ganagana, Prof Sylvester Monye, Dr. Kachiku of Exxon Mobil, Prof. Joseph Alika of University of Benin, members of the State House of Assembly, members of the Delta State Executive Council, Permanent Secretaries including Mr. Tony Obuh, P. S. Government House, Asaba, traditional rulers from across the State, including Obi Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor of Owa Kingdom, Justice Ehiwario, Elder (Chief) John Ehikwe, former deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, Mr. Steve Ashien among many other dignitaries.
In a sermon he delivered during the church service which took place at St. Philips Anglican Church, Asaba, the Primate of Anglican Communion, Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh described marriage as a beautiful and wonderful institution put in place by God not only for procreation but also for companionship between man and woman.
He noted that the marriage institution has strong and unbreakable spiritual relationship with God’s kingdom, and therefore should not be toyed with by any anybody. He maintained that many of the challenges tasking human existence today were as a result of unstable and broken marriages.
The clergyman stressed that it was the mind of God to make marriage work for husband and wife, and warned that nobody should do anything to undermine or put asunder any marriage, as anybody who tries to do that will end up bruising him or herself, noting that God strongly abhors divorce.
Revd. Okoh admonished married couples to always work and remain committed to their marital vows, saying they should maintain the sanctity of marriage in all areas of their lives.
He urged the newly married couple, Prof. and Dr. (Mrs) Ehimario Igumbor to always cherish and love each other without any reservation. “You should be proud of each other, even with your individual faults and weaknesses. Let devotion, commitment, trust and undivided attention for each other be the hallmarks of your marriage,” he advised.
Governor Uduaghan, who chaired the wedding reception, which held at the Events Centre, Asaba, urged the couple to make God’s principles a watch word in their lives, as that was the sure why to marital bliss.
The wife of the governor had earlier, during the traditional marriage, admonished the couple to work together in the fear and direction of God, noting that any marital union built on God never falters nor fail.
Prof. Sam Oyoibaire, who chaired the reception for the traditional marriage, on his part, said marriage was the coming together of two families for the building and development of the society, and thanked both families for supporting their children’s decision to become husband and wife.
For the parents of the newly married couple, Senator and Dame Okowa and Mr. and Prof. (Mrs) Sam Nwa -Igumbor, their joy knew no bound as they wished their children God’s protection, sustenance and blessings.
They also appreciated Deltans and other Nigerians for their supports and prayers.
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