The second Vice President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Monday Ubani has argued that marriages conducted by local councils are still valid, as the court decision hinges on the certificate being issued by the council, which is not in sync with the format designed by the Marriage Act.

“That format was changed by the ALGON people. They went and designed their own format, which is different from the certificate issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Interior).

“The implication is that those who have already conducted their marriages at the local government areas should go for a change of certificate and possibly pay a prescribed fee.

“It does not mean that such marriages have been invalidated, because the judgment did not say that it is only the Federal Government that can conduct marriage,” he explained.

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