Renowned Nigerian author and controversial speaker, Reno Omokri has affirmed that bride price must be paid but it should only be paid when the lady involved is a virgin.
He supported this view with Biblical references and also added that per traditions and customs, that is certainly the way it must go.
In effect, Reno Omokri is saying that a woman who is not a virgin does not deserve to have her bride price paid. In other words, only women who have kept themselves until marriage should have the honour of having their dowry paid by men.
In a tweet, Reno quoted the Bible: Exodus 22:16-17 to give credence to his view and to stand by the fact that the norm as we have it now must change not only in respect to obeying the scriptures but also in consideration to tradition and custom.
“What I am going to say will shock people. Scripturally, Bride Price is ONLY paid for virgins. Don’t argue with me. Argue with God. See Exodus 22:16 -17. By virtue of Scripture (and also in traditional African society), you pay no Bride Price for non virgins. #RenosNuggets #EndSARS”
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For the benefit of the doubt, this is what the Bible says in Exodus 22:16 -17
16 “If a man entices a virgin who is not betrothed, and lies with her, he shall surely pay the bride-price for her to be his wife. 17 If her father utterly refuses to give her to him, he shall pay money according to the bride-price of virgins.”