Nigeria: “Marital Strife Unveiled: Wife Seeks Divorce Over Alleged Impotence After 27-Year Union with Five Children”

Nigeria: “Marital Strife Unveiled: Wife Seeks Divorce Over Alleged Impotence After 27-Year Union with Five Children”

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

Sa’adatu Ayuba, a housewife with a 27-year marriage to Jalija, has approached the Dei-Dei Grade I Area Court seeking a divorce on the grounds of impotence. The union, solemnized under Islamic law in 1997, has resulted in five children, aged 25, 22, 14, nine, and seven.

The petitioner, who entered into matrimony at the age of 16, expressed her discontent with the situation, citing ongoing misunderstandings that emerged two years ago when her husband allegedly engaged in an extramarital affair. Frustrated by his perceived impotence and attitude, Sa’adatu Ayuba appealed to the court for a divorce in the pursuit of justice.

In response, Jalija denied the allegations, asserting that he had not been unfaithful and had no girlfriend. He claimed to have married another woman and highlighted his successful performance as a husband, as evidenced by the child they share. According to him, their marriage took place in the woman’s village, separate from his union with Sa’adatu.

Disputing her husband’s statements, the petitioner insisted that the other woman was, in fact, his girlfriend, and she was unaware of his second marriage. The impotence and divorce case was presided over by Judge Malam Saminu Suleiman, who granted the couple one week to resolve their differences amicably. The case was adjourned until January 17 for further proceedings and feedback.

The unfolding drama reveals the complexities of marital disputes, with contrasting perspectives on fidelity and functionality. The judge’s intervention emphasizes the importance of an amicable resolution, giving the couple an opportunity to address their issues before the court.

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