Misunderstanding, main cause of divorce —Lawyer

An Ilorin-based legal practitioner, Mr Isiaka Ahmed, has identified lack of understanding among couples as the major cause of divorce in the country.

Ahmed said this when he spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Ilorin Magistrates’ Court.

He said that understanding was a basic ingredient for a successful marriage, but was lacking among most couples.

He said it was unfortunate that most young couples rushed into marriage without understanding themselves, a development he added had always led to break-up in young marriages.

Ahmed, therefore, advised intending couples to take time to study themselves and to understand their likes and dislikes before going into marriage.

This, he said, was critical to ensure a successful marriage and to avoid being disappointed at the end of the day.

He, however, blamed most parents for forcing their children into marriages and imposing spouses on them, adding that this accounted for high rate of divorce among young couples.

He further advised parents not to force their children into relationships, adding that this could lead to bad relationship and break-up.

Ahmed urged governments and religious leaders to organise regular marriage seminars for youths in order to orientate and prepare their mind for a lasting marriage.