On Saturday, the Kebbi Government married off 100 widows and divorcees in a mass wedding held in the palace Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samila Mera.

The marriages were arranged by the state and Argungu Local Governments to reduce the number of women, widowed or divorced, left to fend for themselves and their children.

Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi commended the efforts of the emir and the local government for the initiative and urged parents to respect the marriage institution, as it was a way to reduce the number of single women in the society.

He called on the couples to continue to be patient and tolerant to enable them to have peaceful homes pointing out that marriage was all about endurance and patience.

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“The importance of marriage cannot be over-emphasised as it will promote peace among the couples and will also enable them to get more blessings and God’s mercy,’’ the governor said.

The Emir of Argungu, in his remarks, also commended the state government and the local government for collaborating to organize the occasion in line with Islamic teaching.

“’We are trying to provide women with stable homes, financial and social security,” he said.

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