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Gov. Ben Ayade, advises sex abstinence, says ‘I married my wife as a virgin’

Ben Ayade with wife, Lynda
Ben Ayade with wife, Lynda

Cross River state governor, Ben Ayade on Thursday said that he married his wife as a virgin, which is the pride of Africans, who value the virtues of chastity.

While speaking on Thursday at the commemoration of the 2016 World AIDS Day celebration in Calabar, the governor of Cross River state said that young people must be encouraged to abstain from sexual intercourse till they get married adding that abstinence and faithfulness are the only ways to end the HIV scourge in Nigeria.

The governor who disclosed that it’s high time young people were taught that sex before marriage is a taboo in the African culture, also criticized campaigns advocating for condom usage, saying it’s a false feeling of protection.


According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Ayade said condoms have thus far failed to stop the spread of the HIV scourge.

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“I should say to the teenagers here today that when somebody leads you to the altar, at the end of that day he should be glad to say I married my wife a virgin.”

“Married couples must be faithful to their partners. Young people must remain virgins until they get married and never allow any barber to use unsterilised clipper to barb your hair.

“Rather, it increases the level of promiscuity among the younger generation and encouraged unfaithfulness. The absolute factor that can put an end to HIV/AIDS spread is total loyalty and abstinence.

“Whatever the story, AIDS is real, it is a scourge, you must avoid it,” the governor said.

Ayade further noted that his government would do everything within its power to curtail the spread of the virus in Cross River.

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