A 74-year-old Nigerian man from Kogi State, Mallam Muhammad Awal, has married for the first time.
His marriage to 45-year-old divorcee, Mallama Rahmat Muhammad, took place in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital on Sunday, August 28.
Answering questions from journalists on why he is getting married FOR THE FIRST TIME art 74, he said it should firstly be blamed on his financial status, and then his good mind of not wanting his spouse to ever leave him due to his inabilities to be a man in everything towards her.
“I have always been afraid I might fail in my duty of care to a spouse if I married and it is something I fear and don’t want to joke with. I am also afraid of separation from my spouse. 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.” he said.
When asked if he has ever approached a woman to marry him in the past, he said;
“I have… Many. 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,”
He was also asked what attracted him to his wife, and if they plan on having children.
“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.”
Rahmat also spoke saying Allah has a reason for bringing them together.
“Allah has a reason for bringing us together and my prayers is for him to bless us and give us peace and understanding in our home”, she said.
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