The family of the corps member, Remi who proposed to a female soldier, Sofiyat Akinlabi, at the Kwara State National Youth Service Corps Orientation Camp, has reacted to the relationship of the duo.
The family member of the corps member disclosed that Remi and Akinlabi started their friendship in Abeokuta, Ogun State three years ago before the latter joined the military.
Naija News had earlier reported that the Nigerian Army detained Akinlabi over the viral video showing her accepting the marriage proposal of Remi at the NYSC camp.
The family member who spoke with newsmen on condition of anonymity, noted that they lost each other’s contact, but fate brought them together at the NYSC camp last November.
He said, “They have known each other before they got to camp. They met in Abeokuta over three years ago before she joined the Army but lost contact sometimes ago. Meeting on NYSC camp was like a reunion.
“They have been friends all along and Remi thought it wise to seize the opportunity of their meeting again to propose to her. He had to walk up to her as a man and not worry about her new status as a soldier because she would eventually get married.
“He got the courage and proposed to her out with a ring which she accepted. The whole thing was totally a surprise to her.
“It happened after the passing out parade on December 14, 2021. She was at the Mammy Market pressing her phone, she was just on her own and she never knew something of such would happen.
“When he walked up to her, she was over joyous and dumfounded at the same time. She is a lady and her reactions were triggered by emotions. Like men, women are still emotional beings no matter who they are.
“Remi was not holding any phone and did not record the moment. He didn’t post anything on social media and she didn’t also post it on social media. It was the fellow corpers around that did the posting on social media.”
Asked why Remi preferred Akinlabi, who is a soldier, the family source said, “He can’t explain his love for her because they so connected emotionally when they met again and he believes it is true love.”
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