What was planned as a day of joyful union between a couple last weekend turned upside down when the spiritual leader of a church in Benin declined to wed a couple following the refusal of the groom to pull his Italian designer shoes before entry into the church.
Worshippers, friends, family members and well-wishers who stormed the church were disappointed as the groom, who claimed he bought his shoes for N50,000, was adamant as he shunned pleas from his bride to comply with the rules of the church.
Meanwhile, as the drama raged, guests and well-wishers who were seated under the canopies for reception at the same venue were lavishly entertained by hired caterers as the confusion between the church’s overseer and the couple, according to Leadership newspapers.
The beautiful bride who refused to be consoled over the incident wept profusely before church members, and the groom soon followed as tears freely ran down his cheeks.
A senior pastor in the church who does not want his name in print said: “It is quite unfortunate that the groom is adamant.
“We expected that the bride who is our member must have educated him enough. It is not new among our members. Politicians, business moguls who often visit comply with our ways of worship and I must say that what we do here is divine and biblical.”