The Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Marriage Registry says it officially registered 1,180 marriages between January and June.
The Chief Marriage Registrar of AMAC, Mr Akinwumi Akintayo, told our correspondent on Tuesday in Abuja that in spite of the number of people getting married, it is important for intending
couples to understand each other before taking the vows.
He urged parents to desist from interfering in their children’s marriages unnecessarily.
In a separate interview, Hajiya Aisha Yussuf, the Assistant Director, Social Welfare and Gender Unit, AMAC, said no fewer than 30 marriages on the edge of collapse were settled and the families reunited in the last six months.
She said it is important for couples to have patience and understanding, adding that “when there is patience, endurance and trust, couples will enjoy themselves but when there is no trust, that marriage is bound to collapse.
“It is just like a person that is living without immunity, any disease is bound to set in, that is how the issue of marriage is.
“For those intending to marry, some people may tell you that marriage is difficult, but the truth is that you need to understand the purpose of marriage.
“Know what your spouse need. Women are expected to respect and be submissive to their husbands, while men are expected to love their wives, just as the Holy Books command us to do.
“If we practice all these, we will be able to achieve success in their homes.”
Yussuf also urged couples who may be having issues in their marriages to visit the social welfare department of the council for counselling and resolution of the matters at stake.
“It is only when we have happy and united homes that we can have a society that is peaceful,” she added.