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Pulse Nigeria Poll Readers say couple practicing different religions will always have problems

57% of Pulse Nigeria Poll readers are of the view that couples who practice different religions tend to have problems in their marriage.

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A reader, Kamal, though a devout Moslem, is in love with Chinyere, a Christian from the Eastern part of the country. Kamal really wants to get married to Chinyere and is not bothered that she is not of the same faith with him but his parents would have none of it.

They have threatened to disown him if he disobeys them and go ahead with the marriage. Some 57% of Pulse Nigeria Poll readers are of the belief that couples who do not practice the same religion tend to have problems.

A respondent, Richard Akinyemi, has these words for Kamal:

"What do you mean by inheritance? landed properties or shares in company. The education given to you is the best inheritance you can ever get from your parents.

But try to prevail over them through dialogue, reason being that parents wield a level of power over their children.

It is better to seek their consent to avoid problems that may come the way of your expected family through extended family spiritual influences."

Read Kamal's letter here:

"My name is Kamal and I am from the Northern part of the country. I am from a very strong Islamic home with my parents being staunch Moslems though they are not the types that discriminate against other religions.

Right from my childhood, they encouraged me and my siblings to see every human beings as the same, created by the same Allah. We grew up with this knowledge and most of my friends from school were Christians.

I mixed with them and while in secondary school, I had the opportunity of attending church services with them.

After my university education, I was posted to Port Harcourt for my youth service scheme and that was where I met and fell in love with Chinyere. We so much in love that we agreed to get married despite the fact that we are from different tribes and religion.

When I visited her home town in Enugu, her parents were skeptical at first but after i assured them that I had good intentions towards their daughter, they accepted me.

But trouble loomed for us when I took her home to introduce to my parents. When my parents found out that she is an Igbo lady and a Christian, they told me in clear terms that I cannot marry her. In fact, my father vowed to disown me if I disobey his words and get married to Chinyere.

He has even gone ahead to arrange with his friend for me to marry his daughter, someone I do not love and can never see myself getting married to her.

I love Chinyere so much and I will rather disobey my parents and lose my inheritance rather than lose her.

What do you think I should do in this situation?

Kamal."

The teaser for the day was:

Should religion play a part in choosing a marriage partner?

How Nigeria voted:

Yes, couples practicing different religions will always have issues - 57%

No, religion should not matter in a marriage - 43%

How would you vote here?

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