Father Maigari preaches unity as Plateau joins Imo in marriage

By Benjamin Arida://

The wedding on Saturday between Mark Dassan Godhelp of Takka, Pankshin Local Government Area of Plateau State and Lucy Chinwendu Godwin, of Umokoro, Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area, Imo state provided a platform to reemphasize for national unity.

Rev. Fr. Jude Maigari, the officiating Priest, described the wedding which held at St. Rita Catholic Church, Unity Estate, Mararaba, Lafia Diocese, as a practical demonstration of the country’s unity, stressing that the event represents a mini Nigeria.

Admonishing the couple on ways to make their marriage work and live happily ever after, Fr. Maigari, gave five principles including patience, counselling skills, forgiveness, wisdom and love for each other.

“the couple must have the patience of a teacher, the skills of a counsellor,  the forgiveness of a mother, wisdom of a salesman, and always demonstrate the love of Christ” Rev. Fr. Maigari stated.

He said that Saturday’s wedding marks the 125th in St  Rita this year,  urging the couple to imbibe the habits of saying ‘I am sorry’ ‘Please forgive me’ as these words have a way of growing their  love and helping them live in harmony. 

The Priest anchored the first Bible reading on the book of Sirach 26:1-4 and 13+16 with the theme: ‘Like the sun rising in the beauty of a well-kept house’, while the second reading was anchored on the first letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 5, 22-33.

Speaking during the occasion, the Rev. Dr. Victoria Ogechi Mirabelle, expressed excited saying that it is a dream come true, stressing that the events that led to the realization of the wedding, show that it is ordained by God.

‘For some times, I have been praying for my daughter’s wedding and God asked me to choose a date. So I did choose a date and to confirm that this is ordained by God, the day the young man came to ask if Lucy could marry him, he named the date that coincided with the one I had earlier choose’ she stated.

In his remarks, Mr. Matthew Gusen, the groom’s father, described the occasion as a happy one, noting that the wedding remains an event will remembered for the rest of his life.

‘Today is my happiest day and a day I will remember till I die. The way the Igbo community are dancing show me that truly they have given me their daughter, and I promise to take care of her the way God would like’.

The occasion provided a uniting factor between the Plateau people of the North Central region and Igbo of the South Eastern region of Nigeria as it was signposted with different dance groups from both regions.


A journalist by profession and I have been in active practice for so many years. A graduate of Political Science from University of Abuja. Maried with four children.

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