A year after losing his wife, the immediate past General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church, Prophet Samuel Abiara, has revealed that his children and close associates want him to remarry.
Abiara, who said he does not have any favourite food but the ”best food is the one that is available when one is hungry,” added that since his wife died, “God is the one that holds me. Loneliness is not a good thing. I loved my wife dearly. Marriage is until death do us part and that one would be taken and the other left behind. She was taken away and here I am. I miss her advice as a wife and she always wanted to know where I was at every time. Now, there is nobody to ask me that. I cannot forget her. We are holding a seminar on how couples should live in harmony and care for one another in her remembrance. Food and clothing will be distributed to those in need as she used to do during her days.”
In an exclusive interview with Sunday Punch, Abiara, who just clocked 75, said that “My children and those close to me have told me that several times. They based their advice on the fact I need someone who will be with me and help with some things. But if God wills, He would give me someone who will be like a mother to me. Whoever comes now, if it is God’s will, and she is obedient, only comes to enjoy.”
Revealing how he met his late wife, Abiara explained that “I met her when I was into the ministry. I was at a farm settlement in Akufo, Oyo State, when her father who was also a clergyman saw me. He was impressed with the way I served God and he asked if I was married. I said no and he told me it was not good enough. He had two girls; one was educated while the other was not. It was the educated one that I preferred because I reasoned that she would be assisting me since she’s literate. I didn’t like the other one who was a seamstress. But God said His choice was not the one I preferred. It is good to listen to God. I listened to God and married her reluctantly. The woman, Christianah Aduke Abiara, who later became my wife, never troubled me for once. She bore me three set of twins. I loved her and she loved me dearly in return before her death last year September 3. I was saddened and shocked by her demise. But we cannot query or blame God. Instead, I give Him all the glory. We held a remembrance for her on September 10.
“My wife prayed for me till she died. She called me Baba mi (my father) because I made her happy always. I implore husbands to always make their wives happy. If a man makes his wife happy, she will pray for him always and all will be well with the man. She was my only wife since 1965 that we got married. I have no children outside marriage,” he added.