Retired Assistant Inspector General of police, Mr Patrick Dukumor celebrated his 35 years marriage anniversary on Sunday 14 April at the Dunamis International Gospel Centre in Port Harcourt.
Preaching at the occasion, the presiding Pastor, Pastor Inah Emmanuel Fortress spoke on the causes of ill health.
Reading from the book of Proverbs 17:22 and other related scriptures, Pastor Emmanuel encouraged those present to feel free, be happy, and to laugh.
He admonished the congregation to avoid habouring bitterness, envy, and any other negative emotion, stating that many people have developed some kind of illnesses attributable to bitterness, while many others are far behind in the journey of life because they are envious of other people’s success. He counseled everyone present to be happy when something good happens to a friend or neighbor.
He congratulated the Dukumors on the joyous occasion of their 35 years marriage anniversary, pointing out that their marriage anniversary celebration is a great source of encouragement to him and others.
Thereafter, the celebrants mounted the stage with their children, grandchildren, inlaws, and other family members, and expressed their gratitude to God for the success of their marriage.
The wife of the former AIG, Pastor Mrs Nancy Dukumor, in her glamourous and beautiful attire which typically reflected the joyous state of her heart told the excited congregation made up of church members, friends, relations and inlaws that it was the grace of God that sustained their marriage for the past 35 years. She appreciated her family and inlaws who stood by them all through the 35 years of their marriage. She concluded her thanksgiving by donating some items to the church, and the women group.
Mr. Dukumor who had held many command and unit postings including Commissioner of Police, Special Protection Unit, and CP, Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad, CP,Ondo state, and AIG zone 7 police command, told the congregation that 35 years of marriage is not a joke. In his words, “We thank God for preserving and sustaining our marriage for this long. 35 years is not a joke. The bible says that he that finds a wife finds a good thing. God gave me a good wife. And she has been a wonderful gift to me.”
After the service, the couple invited everyone to a grand reception at their residence in Ada George where the couple cut their cake, and danced with family, friends, and well-wishers including some eminent personalities both within and outside the country who came out en-masse to grace the memorable occasion.