From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi says inter- tribal marriages between various states in Nigeria promote peace and unity in the country.
Balarabe-Abdullahi stated this on Saturday at the traditional marriage between the Majority Leader, Benue State House of Assembly, Damian Cheme and Lora Aboya of Nasarawa State, held in Lafia.
According to him, the union between the Benue son and Nasarawa daughter was a bond that will continue to keep the two neighbouring states in peace, harmony and unity.
“This is the kind of synergy we always want. A synergy that will promote peace, unity and more understanding between the two neighbouring states.
“In mathematics one plus one is two but in marriage, one plus one is one,” he said.
He, therefore, charged the couple to show love and understanding to each other and learn to resolve their misunderstanding within them without involving third party.
In an interview with journalists, the groom, Cheme expressed joy for finding a wife from another tribe in a neighbouring state.
The groom, who appreciated God for making the day a reality, prayed that their coming together should open more windows for achieving more peace and unity between the two states and the families.
He also appreciated the Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, members and staff, as well as well wishers, who in spite of their tight schedules graced the occasion calling for the sustenance of the bond of love and unity.
Cheme, who’s bride is from the Eggon speaking area of Nasarawa State, made a formal presentation of cooked traditional beans mixed with palm oil, beniseed known “Ebekpen” and goat meat to the family of the bride.
The Voice reports that the ceremony was climaxed with cultural performances of Tiv traditional dance by the Benue State Cultural Troupe and Anzalu cultural dancers from Nasarawa State, who performed beautifully and entertained the guests.
The event had in attendance both lawmakers from Benue and Nasarawa State Houses of Assembly among other dignitaries.