96-Year-Old Man Weds 73-Year-Old Woman In Abuja
The agrarian village of Kiyi in Abuja was agog on Thursday, October 17, when 96-year-old Pa AbdRahman Munse-Bwaye married 73-year-old Rukaya Yamwa-Piri.
It was gathered that the solemnisation of the marriage was held in Piri, a village in Kwali Area Council.
The “Amaria” (new wife), who moved into her husband’s residence from the wedding, venue told journalists that she was “delighted to marry a gentleman like AbdRahman”.
Rukaya told newsmen that the wedding was held in her native village in Piri, in Kwali Area Council.
Pa Munse-Bwaye, said to be about the oldest man in Kiyi village in Kuje Area Council, told journalists that many people discouraged him, saying that he was too old for marriage.
He said that some even queried him, asking him if his son’s wives were not taking good care of him, to which he answered, “They are taking good care of me but my own wife will certainly take care of me better.”
His first wife, Hajia Zainab Godobe, died in 2008.
“Though I married a widow, Salamatu, after my wife’s death, her children took her away some years ago leaving me without a wife, hence, I asked Rukaya to marry me and Allah made her accept, I am very happy.”
When journalists visited the elderly lovers, on Friday, the wife was seen preparing “tuwondawa”, a guinea corn delicacy, for her husband.
Pa Munse’s son, Musa, told newsmen that all the children, grandchildren and the great-grandchildren were happy for their father’s marriage.
“I personally encouraged him when he told me of his plans for marriage, in fact, I visited the relatives of his bride in different villages, including Dukpa in Gwagwalada Area Council, Chibiri in Kuje Area Council and Piri village where her father lives,” Musa told newsmen.