A man has said that he expected his wife to ‘show understanding’ concerning his financial challenges.
Taliatu had dragged her husband, Mr. Alli, to court, alleging that the man has not been providing for her and their unborn baby, even in the last trimester of her pregnancy.
The middle-aged pregnant Taliatu, on Monday in Iseyin, Oyo State, approached the court seeking the dissolution of her two-year marriage, alleging abandonment.
Taliatu, who claimed to be eight months pregnant, alleged that Alli had been behaving irrationally since she became pregnant.
“We prayed to have the baby, but I’m surprised that Alli has neglected me and the (yet-to-be-born) baby.
“It is also surprising that he can become so irresponsible.
“He comes home only when he wishes. Whenever I asked him for money for antenatal and other necessary medications, he will refuse me,” she told a customary court.
She added: “He has been punishing me since I became pregnant, as if it is a bad thing to be pregnant.
“I need to move on in life so that people do not think I have a husband when, in reality, I do not have one.”
Alli, however, told the court that he could not provide for her needs because he had no money.
“I know I have not been giving her money as expected, but I still give her the little I have and I expect her to understand.
“The major problem with her is that she is too troublesome,” he said.
He pleaded with the court not to dissolve the marriage, saying he prefers an amicable resolution of the issues.
The President of the court, Adelodun Raheem, said the union was still redeemable and ordered the families of the estranged couple to intervene.
He adjourned the case until September 14 for report of the intervention.