Muhammad Awal, a Kogi-based 74-year-old man, has married for the first time, but to a 45-year-old divorcee, Rahmat Muhammad, based in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State.
The wedding which took place at Lokoja yesterday was attended by their loved ones and graced by Islamic clerics in the town.
Speaking to a local press in the state, the groom narrated why he had been single all these while. Awal said he was financially not capable to take care of a wife.
“I am also afraid of separation from my spouse,” Awal said. “I know if I fail to take care of her, she might either leave me or cheat on me with another man, which I would not like. So, to avoid all of that, I dismissed the idea of marriage altogether. But now, Allah has made this a reality.”
“I have approached many women. This was when I was much younger. Many of them looked down on me, mostly because of my financial status. But I thank God it is in the past now,” he added.
Despite marrying late, Awal
He added: “Apart from the fact that she is beautiful, she is also down-to-earth, understanding, religious and rooted in the marital institution.
“Only Allah knows if we are going to have children. You never know what the Almighty can do. It is not in our hands, but His hands.”
In her reaction, the bride said that they were destined to end up as a couple, praying to Allah to accept their wishes towards each other.
On her choice of Awal, “Why not him? She retorted. Allah has a reason for bringing us together and my prayer is for him to bless us and give us peace and understanding in our home.”