More than 30,000 broken and failed marriages were recorded in Badagry, Lagos, between January and September 2016, an NGO, Family Reloaded Organisation, revealed on Wednesday.
The organisation’s coordinator, Mrs Sesi Sebinun told NAN in Lagos that the major cause of broken homes was negligence of duties from both parties.
“There are so many broken homes in Badagry and the number is going to increase if urgent steps are not taken to address the situation.”
On causes of failed marriages, she said: “The husband fails to see that he is the man of the house while the wife isn’t submissive and these cause friction in the house.”
“The children suffer this because of the psychological effect on them, so, both parties must learn that building a home takes team work by both parties,’’ she added.
She noted that violence in marriages was due to impatience from the two parties.
“Impatience and lack of understanding between both parties are the major causes of violence in marriages because they do not have the will to tolerate each other. We must learn each other’s flaws and tolerate them instead of getting angry at little things.”
She advised people to make use of social welfare services to address issues in their marriages. “Many people are not aware that there are organisations that provide services to people whose marriages are in trouble.
“You don’t have to wait till when things are damaged beyond repair before seeking help,’’ she noted.
Mrs Sebinun advised couples to pray regularly for their marriage.