The newly wedded couple in a group photograph with the Deputy Goevrnor of Delta State, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro; PANDEF National Chair, His Excellency, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (rtd); The Fiyewei of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Chief Godspower Gbenekama and others
…we must find new ways of seeking for peace in the Niger Delta – PANDEF National Chairman
…love your wife at all times and every other thing will follow you – Otuaro
The Deputy Governor of Delta state, Barr Kingsley Burutu Otuaro; the National Chairman of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, His Excellency, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (rtd), Rt. Hon. Julius G. Pondi, member of House of Representatives and other crème de la crème in the society on Saturday, April 28, 2018 graced the wedding ceremony and reception of Barr. Gideon Gbenekama, son of Chief Godspower Gbenekama, the Fiyewei of Gbaramatu Kingdom and Barr. Ehinomen Ekhuemelo, daughter of Engr. & Mrs. Francis Ekhuemelu, from Amedokhian in Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State.
The wedding ceremony, which took place at the Diocese of Warri (Anglican Communion), St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, by 10:30am later moved to the reception ground, at the KFT Place, along NNPC Housing Complex Road, Ekpan where other notable guests, joined the wedding train
Speaking at the wedding reception for the young couples who are both lawyers, His Excellency, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (rtd), said the Niger Delta youths are vibrant and not lazy, while calling for the region, especially the youths, to find new ways of seeking for peace.
He also acknowledge the kick-off of the Nigerian Maritime University in the Gbaramatu Kingdom reiterating further that, the other aspects of the 16-Point Agenda as raised by PANDEF will be implemented as the Niger Delta front liner engages the Federal Government strategically.
In his words, “We are here today in honour of the celebration of the young couples. Today, I acknowledge the vibrancy of our youths; they are hardworking vibrant youths of the Niger Delta. They are not lazy youths and I will continue to say that even when we come back in 9 months’ time, when we shall be celebrating the child dedication, the couple that we are celebrating today, will leave a generation that will be a generation, that will live in an pollution- free Nigeria.
“I thank God today that I can stand with the Gbaramatu Kingdom and say that the Maritime University is on. For the other aspects of the 16-Point Agenda, they will also be implemented. PANDEF is having a strategic engagement with the Federal Government and we are pursuing this through a restructuring.
“By restructuring, we mean justice. Those that are against restructuring are those who want to reap where they do not sow.
“We want to say that is the only path that the Niger Delta can give way to a vibrant and successful future for all of us. We must find a new way of seeking for peace in the Niger Delta. I want to speak to our youths anywhere they are, that we cannot afford to have another Adaka Boro losing his life,or another Ken Saro Wiwa,” he added.
On his part, the Deputy Governor of Delta state, Barr Kingsley Burutu Otuaro admonished the couple to love each other as he proclaimed a brighter future for them.
“You are a product of love and the Bible makes us to understand that God is love. May I crave your indulgence to refer quickly to the book of 1st Corinthians: 13 verse 13. You will recall the scriptures admonish us on the three factions of faith, hope and love called charity, and the Bible went further went to say out of the three factions, charity is the greatest.”
The Deputy Governor also went ahead to differentiate between faith, hope and love, saying that faith deals with the present, hope involves the future while love is for all times.
“He admonished the husband to always love his wife at all times for the blessings of God to follow him.
The highlight of the wedding reception was the cutting of the wedding cake by the couples in company of the parents of the bride and groom, alongside the Deputy Governor of Delta state and Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (rtd).
Notable guests present at the elaborate wedding ceremony were; Engr. and Mrs. Francis Ekhuemelu, parents of the bride; Chief and Mrs. Godspower Gbenekama, parents of the groom; Chief Edwin Clark ably represented by his son, Hon. Ebikeme Clark; Dr. Alfred Mulade, Secretary of Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF; High Chief Patani Heavens (JP), Chief Clark Gbenewei, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Tonlagha, Triple Chief Vero Tangbowei (JP), Rev. Dr. I.C. Tolar, Rev. Dr. Imeleye Emmanuel, amongst a host of other top dignitaries.