The rise in divorce rate in Nigeria is becoming alarming. On the pages of our national dailies and the social media, we are being treated with news of daily marriage failures.
Of more interest is the recent case between a house wife and a mother of four, Kafayat Moses who on wednesday asked customary court in Ibadan to dissolve her 15-year-old marriage to mr Moses Odeyemi over his abandonment of her.
According to her, the husband abandoned her Mrs Moses for another woman and thereby denying her all her rights as a wife. According to her, the husband Mr Moses is an ordained pastor who preaches word of word.
We have been living peacefully and with love until 2014 when my husband introduced a woman whom he said is an evangelist and a co-spiritual worker with him.
Due to the nature of his work, I did not object nor reject the presence of the woman. It was until two months after that our lovely relationship started collapsing.
My husband started living very early and coming home very late at night. Me and my children are mostly left with nothing to feed.
He usually goes out with this woman and comes back with her later at night. Most times, they come back as late as 11pm at night.
“Whenever I put calls through to him that there was nothing for us to eat, Moses took offence and when he returns home, he subjects the children and I to battery, complaining that we were disturbing him.
“He had earlier asked me to stop the only business that was bringing me money to learn working as a midwife and I obeyed him.
“Ever since I learnt midwifery, there have been nothing because no customer came.
“Moses has quietly married the woman evangelist somewhere, thereby, exposing the four children and I to trauma, hunger, emotional and psychological difficulties,” she told the court.
In his response, Moses agreed to divorce Kafayat but asked the court to grant him custody of the four children.
The respondent who was silent on the allegation of abandoning his wife for another woman.
“My lord, Kafayat is a devil in human skin as she has been working for the downfall of my church.
“Ever since I got married to her, she has been tearing all members of my church apart as well as my relatives.
“Kafayat doesn’t want my parents and relatives to come close to me as she keeps nagging,” Moses stated.
The President of the court, Mr Ademola Odunade, asked Kafayat to produce the four children in court and adjourned the case to May 2, for judgment.
While Kafayat resides at Olomi area, Moses resides at Muslim area of Ibadan.