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Barrack romance: 25 soldiers wed at special mass in Onitsha

…Follow Christ’s footprints, Commander tells new couples


It was an unusual Easter celebration when 25 soldiers took their heartthrobs to the altar in a special mass at the Nigerian Army 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha in Anambra State.

Daily Sun gathered that the 25 soldiers and their brides filed up at the St Peter’s Military Church (Anglican) as early as 10 am to take their nuptial vows with the Commander, Col T. A Gagariga, advising them to live up to expectation.

Speaking during the church service, the Vicar and officiating minister, Capt. (Rev) B.G Newton, called on the newly-weds to always put God first in whatever they do, to ensure divine blessing. Capt. Newton reminded the 25 couples of their responsibilities to the society, adding that since family is the first society, the need to train their children in the fear of God and in accordance to the rules and norms governing the society were apt.

He challenged the soldiers and their spouses to take their spiritual lives very seriously as well as train their children to obey the laws of the land to raise good leaders rather than allow them to stray from the will of God. Col. Gagariga called on the new couples to adopt the strategy of following the foot prints of Jesus Christ by living up to their calling as husbands and wives whose responsibility it is to raise better society.

He disclosed that the occasion was unique because it was the first time in the history of the Nigerian Army, soldiers came together to legalize their marriage before God and prayed the Almighty to grant them their heart desires.

He thanked Governor Peter Obi for his support to the military base, adding that the synergy between the state government and the Army has brought about positive change in the area of the fight against crimes in the state and granted the new couples ample time for their honeymoon.

One of the couples who spoke to Daily Sun, Sgt and Mrs. Chindo Larai, thanked God for giving them the opportunity to be united in love through wedding and promised to use the new status given to them to make a better society.

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  1. Alhaji Dan-azumi Gana April 2, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Good moves by the soldiers who officially and legally married. The marriage which was witness by their commander, catholic faithful, friends and well-wishers was encouraging and a well come development. I am therefore, calling on other soldiers to emulate from their fellow colleagues that got married legally and to avoid abducting women illegally as wives, because it’s a criminal offence to keep some body’s daughter with you without officially contacting the parent to either pay for the bride price or perform necessary marriage rights.

  2. Obidi April 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    @Alhaji Dan-azumi Gana thanks for being incisive in your comments. This is another of such. You have always exhibited maturity, even when people say things against you & your religion. I urge you to always remain same & above pettiness. Sure, the 25 soldiers did the right thing. Anybody who refuses to perform necessary marriage rights will one day have daughters. What one sows he/she shall reap.

  3. Onuoha success April 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Dats shows a gud soliders

  4. yakubu shedrack April 2, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I will enjoin u to say hppy married life,, nd i wish u all God blessing as u step into a new life as 1

  5. Onyedikachukwu kingsley April 2, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Happy married life, wish all of also heavan take it easy dis nigt

  6. Alhaji Dan-azumi Gana April 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

    @Obidi,thanks and God bless you in abundant.

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