The Institute of Marriage Administrators and Counsellors of Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to make marriage regulation and registration flexible for Nigerians.
It also advised couples to refrain from contravening the Marriage Act, warning that the penalty for the offence was stiff.
The President, Governing Council of the institute, Pastor Temilade Oladele, said this in a statement by his Secretary, Samson Enesi, in Abuja on Monday after a meeting of the governing council.
The statement read, “The organisation expressed concern about how the sections of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Marriage Act and the Matrimonial Causes Act were being misinterpreted to deliver ambitions that are more of revenue drives instead of delivering the values of the vision, which these Acts are promulgated to achieve.
“Each of these codified powers of government is not in any way contradictory, but most of those who give meanings to them interpret them wrongly and commit citizens to make errors in the ways they contract their marriages.”