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Let our young boys marry || Ex-Military Governor of Anambra pleads with Igbo parents to reduce bride price

Former Military governor of old Anambra State, Col. Robert Akonobi
(rtd), has pleaded with Igbo parents to reduce the bride price of their
daughters so that ‘’our young boys can marry them.”

Speaking recently at the industrial city of Nnewi, Anambra State
during the traditional wedding ceremony of the daughter of a business
mogul, Chief Louis Onwugbenu, Onyinye and her husband, Bosah Chukwuogo,
Col. Akonobi said:

‘’To me, this topic (bride price) has been
dealt with in the past by Ndigbo, who came out with a reduced bride
price, to enable our young boys marry our young girls.”

Akonobi
also cautioned that men should study their proposed wives closely and
longer before engaging into marriage because “once you marry, no one
else can put it asunder.”
Nnewi was agog as dignitaries from all works of life trooped to the
residence of Chief Onwugbenu for the memorable event. The dignitaries
who were from both the military, political and manufacturing circles,
including Col Akonobi, Hon. Clement Nwankwu, former member of the House
of Representatives; Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of Gabros
International Limited and Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Limited, Chief
Gabriel and Innocent Chukwuma respectively, among others.
The issue of high bride price was discussed extensively at the
occasion. Hon. Nwankwu, in his own speech, prayed that Chief Onwugbenu
and his wife would live long to enjoy the fruits of their children,
especially those who married from outside their areas.
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