Sunday, 14 November 2010 03:35 Kola Niyi-Eke , Asaba
A middle-aged man, Awaraju (surname removed), has sacked his wife for refusing him breast milk. The couple, until the incident, resided in a storey building on Okpanam Road , Asaba, Delta State .
LEADERSHIP SUNDAY gathered that the couple were married for several years before their first baby arrived. But unlike most African homes where new babies are celebrated with joy, their baby’s arrival was marked with invidiousness and malice, as son and father locked horns over the esteemed breast milk of its mother. While expressing shock at the dissolution of the union, neighbours expressed disapproval at the man’s insistence on sucking with his son, even though those in the know told him it was bad.
Sources told LEADERSHIP SUNDAY that, upon her refusal because she could no longer cope with breastfeeding father and son, Awaraju began to threaten his wife, asking her to submit within a day or risk divorce.
The couple failed to reconcile their differences. A few days later, the man ignored the interventions of friends and neighbours and sent his wife packing. The nursing mother (his wife), a staff of the state-owned polytechnic, and her husband have since separated, a situation family members described as madness and an abomination.
However, for the angry husband, it is either his wife gives him access to the breast with his newborn baby or stays out of his life.
A relation of the woman, Esther Ovieme, told our correspondent that frantic efforts were still being made to reconcile the couple who had lived peacefully before the baby arrived.