Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has urged husbands not to abandon their marital responsibilities to their wives.
The Acting President said this in his message at the wedding of Miss Wuraola Akande and Dr. Olawale Sholabi at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan, on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Wuraola is the daughter of a former governor of Osun, Chief Bisi Akande, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Osinbajo maintained that men should be alive to their responsibilities as the head of the home.
“Men are supposed to see their wives as `Help Meet’ and not `Help Mate.’
“When I say `help meet’, it means she will fill the gap where there is need for it and not leaving your responsibilities to her,’’ he said.
Osinbajo advised the new couple to love each other unconditionally and to allow God to reign supreme in their home and affairs.
“The aim of marriage is companionship, which must be a life-long experience. There are reasons for exhibitions like marriage.
“The major reason is to find a partner whom one can spend the rest of his or her life with,’’ Osinbajo said.
Also speaking, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State urged the couple to be better companions, adding that long-lasting marriages are those built on love and fear of God.
He told the couple that the success of the marriage would depend largely on the two of them.
According to him, the marriage could only work if the wife submits totally to the husband, while the husband is also expected to always love and listen to his wife’s advice.
“Always endeavour not to share your problems with the third party, be it friends or parents,’’ he said.
The ceremony was also attended by other dignitaries, including Senate President, Bukola Saraki; as well as governors Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun); Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun).
Also in attendance were a former governor of Osun, Olagunsoye Oyinlola; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; and the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun.
Others were the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Sen. Babafemi Ojudu; a former EFCC Chairman, Malam Nuhu Ribadu; and APC National Secretary, Mai Mala-Buni.(NAN)