President Goodluck Jonathan has advised his newly married daughter, Faith and her husband, Godswill Edward to try as much as possible to solve their matrimonial problems and not to rely on him and other family members.
He gave the advice while speaking at the wedding reception of the new couple at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Jonathan noted that their advice as parents may not be the best for the new couple in their matrimonial problems as they belong to different generations. He described their period as ‘analogue’ and that of the new couple as ‘digital’.
While thanking those that attended the wedding and well-wishers, he said that a day any parent is giving out his daughter in marriage is a day of glorious sadness.
He said: “ My advice is that, today is a very special day we are all smiling and dancing but also note that there will be periods when the relationship will not work smoothly. That is a part of the life of husband and wife.”
“There is no couple that will not have some moments when their faces will not be too bright, but it depends on how you reach out ……. and really find time to understand themselves. And we pray that you have a really happy married life and we will continue to pray for you as your parents.”
Continuing, he said: “Our duties as parents is to continue to pray for you, to encourage you and if there are some issues you feel we can solve, you can tell us. But don’t depent on your parents to solve your matrimonial problems. If you have disagreement with your husband…., don’t always run to parents or get advice of your mother or father, sometimes, they will not give you the best advice. Because your parents are analogue people while you are digital generation.”
“So, we don’t belong to the same generation and so don’t expect us to give you the advice of the modern way of life. But we will encourage you to succeed,” he added
The Chairman of the occasion, former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon said: “Marriage is about give and take. No matter the problem that may come your way, never allow the day to pass without resolving the problem through prayers and love.”
“It is only you that can make it a success. Look at your parents and emulate them.” He said
The new couple, who were conveyed from the church to the reception on horse-carriage, cut the cake under the direction of the wife of the Senate President, Helen Mark, while some dignitaries gave their verdict on what they have witnessed during the cake cutting and as the couples fed one another.
Wife of the Vice President, Amina Sambo said “We have seen love and care”
On her part, the wife of the former Head of State, Fati Abubakar “We have seen a couple radiating love and we hoped that they will sustain this to the end.”
At the wedding reception on Saturday were the Speakers of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, and Chairman of PDP Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih.
Governors at the reception included Jonah Jang (Plateau), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta) Theordi Orji (Abia), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Ibrahim Shema (Katsina) and Liyel Imoke (Cross Rivers)
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim was also at the occasion along with some ministers including Olajumoke Akinjide (FCT State), Emeka Wogu (Labour) and Diezani Alison-Madueke (Petroleum).
Among the artiste that performed at the occasion include Iyanya, D’Banj.