ADVERTISEMENT

Man seeks dissolution of 32-year-old marriage over religious differences

The petitioner claimed that his marital problems started about 26-years ago when his wife resumed the practice of her Christian faith.

Divorce request.

Adesanya Akanni approached a Lagos Island Customary Court, Lagos on Thursday complaining that wife’s continued practice of her Christian faith was adversely affecting the family.

The petitioner claimed that his marital problems started about 26-years ago, when his wife, Florence resumed the practice of her Christian faith.

He also alleged that she changed the names of their five children to Christian names without his consent.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Our five children were given Muslim names at birth, Kaosara, 32, Kudirat, 25, Mubarak, 22, Azeez, 19 and Musa, 17.

“Their mother and the Church she attends, have now changed their names to Oluwatomi, Victoria, Oluwasegun, Oluwarotimi and Peter respectively.

“I did not know until I went to the school of my last two boys to ask for Azeez and Musa but officials of the school claimed they did not have students bearing those names.

“It was when I mentioned their surname that I was told that they now bear Oluwarotimi and Peter,’’ Akanni claimed.

The petitioner also said he was not informed when his first daughter got married and gave birth to her first and second children.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The Church and my wife gave out my daughter, without informing me; she gave birth to her two children. My wife and daughter did not tell me anything.

“We live under the same roof and over the past two years. My wife has stopped cooking my meals. She does not allow me to make love to her,’’ Akanni said.

Akanni, however, prayed the court to dissolve their marriage and award custody of the last two children to his wife, Florence, 61, who denied all the allegations.

She explained that Akanni did not insist that she should convert to Islam after their marriage, stressing that at the time of their marriage, “my husband was not a practising Muslim.

“I started attending Church when I had an 8-year delay after our first child; he used to accompany me to Church but later stopped and then prevailed on me to discontinue attending Church.

ADVERTISEMENT

“This our fight over religion has been ongoing for years, but I have refused to stop going to church because God has been answering my prayers.

“After eight years of believing God for the fruit of the womb, God gave me, not just one but three other children. I have been taking them to Church ever since.

“When our first daughter wanted to get married, I informed my husband but he said our daughter should go and `meet her father in the church’.’’

"He had vowed he would be part of the wedlock, unless our daughter  re-converted to Islam’’.

The mother of five, told the court that she still loved her husband but, “I cannot convert to Islam.’’

ADVERTISEMENT

The president of the court, Mr Awos Awosola, adjourned the case to Nov. 30 to enable other members from both families to mediate on the matter.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Meet identical Kenyan twins who are pilots at the best airline in U.S.

Meet identical Kenyan twins who are pilots at the best airline in U.S.

Here are 5 ways to escape from an abusive partner

Here are 5 ways to escape from an abusive partner

Agbo Jedi Jedi can cause severe kidney, liver failure

Agbo Jedi Jedi can cause severe kidney, liver failure

15 body language signs and their hidden meaning

15 body language signs and their hidden meaning

5 reasons NYSC corps members want to redeploy

5 reasons NYSC corps members want to redeploy

Rema, Genevieve Nnaji and 9 other Nigerian celebrities born in May

Rema, Genevieve Nnaji and 9 other Nigerian celebrities born in May

Naira ends April on strong note, gains ₦28.15 against dollar

Naira ends April on strong note, gains ₦28.15 against dollar

Akpabio pledges better wages, working conditions for Nigerian workers

Akpabio pledges better wages, working conditions for Nigerian workers

Borno retirees demand pension increase, lament ₦4,000 monthly payment

Borno retirees demand pension increase, lament ₦4,000 monthly payment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT