Husband Seeks Marriage Dissolution over Wife’s Religious Belief

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A businessman, Alhaji Wasiu Abiodun, on Tuesday prayed a Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan to dissolve the relationship between him and his wife, Kafaya, over her alleged change of faith.

In his statement, Abiodun said the defendant had completely put a knife on the rope that held them together by refusing to carry out Islamic obligations.

“Kafaya no longer prepares my safur, the meal eaten at dawn during Ramadan fasting period.

“She now goes to church against my advice and even refuses to carry out my instructions.

“I have tolerated her enough and played my role well, but Kafaya and some members of her family have been ungrateful.

“Her younger brother whom I took as my brother almost wrecked my business, stealing huge sum of money and goods before he ran away.

“She does not want me to marry another wife, yet Kafaya is making life difficult for me.

“She married me as a Moslem and she knows that I am a devout Muslim, she converted for no reason, please, I am tired of this relationship,” he said.

The defendant, however, rejected the suit, saying that she wanted the court to void her husband’s attempt to throw her out.

“It is true that I now go to church, but it is only occasional and for the sake of my three children.

“I can’t categorically say that my brother almost wrecked his business because I don’t have any clue to that.

“All the same, I don’t want to leave Abiodun’s home, please, help me secure it,” she pleaded with the court.

The President of the court, Mr Henric Agbaje, urged the couple to produce the evidence in support of their arguments.

Agbaje adjourned the case until April 16, for further hearing.


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