A 46-year-old woman, Aisha, on Wednesday lost her 21-year-old marriage
to her husband, Ashimiyu, over poor cooking. The petitioner, Ashimiyu,
54, approached the court and asked it to dissolve the marriage over his
wife’s alleged poor cooking.
“My wife does not know how to cook, her food was always tasteless.
Anytime she cooks and I complain about it, she will tell me to cook
I started cooking my food because if I had continued to eat her food, I might have fallen sick.
My wife was very dirty; she will not wash or sweep the house. Everywhere in the house used to smell.
She kept packing used plates for four days or more without washing them and I was always doing the cleaning.
Aisha will go out every Friday and return on Sunday evening. During
weekdays, she will leave home by 7AM. and returned at midnight and I
dared not query her.
Aisha has turned my children against me, they no longer respect me and
she will not allow me to correct them whenever they erred.
On several occasions, my wife and my first son tore my clothes in the
public when I wanted to beat him for his wrong doing,” he said.
Ashimiyu said his wife was lazy, adding that she ruined the shop he equipped for her on three occasions.
But Aisha, a launderer, said: “I do not know why my husband stopped
eating my food. I tried my best to give him good food but he was always
complaining that my food was tasteless. I was not dirty as I was always
cleaning the house”.
Aisha urged the court not to grant her husband’s plea, saying “I still love him”.
Delivering his judgment, the President, Igando Customary Court,
Adegboyega Omilola, said the petitioner was adamant despite all
mediations from the court and family intervention to save the marriage.
“Since the petitioner has insisted on divorce after several
interventions, the court has no choice than to dissolve the union
despite the wife’s claim that she still loves her husband.
The court pronounced the marriage between Ashimiyu A. and Aisha A.
dissolved today (Wednesday); both parties, henceforth, ceased to be
husband and wife.
Both are free to go their separate ways without any hindrances or molestation,” Omilola ruled.