Divorcing couple in Nigeria argue over neglect claims
September 7, 2017 5 comments
A Nigerian church official has applied for a divorce from his wife of five years because she reportedly refuses to cook him meals or wash his clothes.
The 66 year-old, who lives in the south-western city of Ado Ekiti, is an ‘elder’ with the homegrown Pentecostal church Mountain of Fire and Miracles, which was founded in the nearby coastal metropolis of Lagos in 1989.
The church official complained that his wife had begun to neglect him after their marriage. She fed their twins but not him, he complained in a local family court hearing, and neglected washing and cleaning. And when he complained about her behaviour she would “curse” him he told the judges.
According to a report in The Nation, the man specifically asked the court during the hearing to allocate care of their twins to his wife and not to him, because they were just four years old: a request that would not be needed in most European countries. In return he offered child maintenance of 3,000 Nigerian Naira a month (£6.38).
His wife, who works as a seamstress, denied her husband’s claims, saying that in fact it was him who had failed to care for her and their children. He was struggling financially she alleged, and regularly consulted herbalists and holy men about his business problems. He was violent and regularly threw her out of their home she insisted.
She was equally keen to bring an end to the marriage but wanted monthly maintenance of as much as 20,000 Naira (£42.54).
The case continues.
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September 7, 2017