‘Social Media is the cause of high divorce rate in Nigeria’ – Marriage Counselor
A marriage counselor, Adeyemi Omoseye, has lamented the high rate of divorces in Nigeria today, attributing it to the emergence of social media and Nigerians penchant for imitating the western culture.
Omoseye who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin Kwara State, said couples in Nigeria were used to forming their lives after the western culture and that has led to the rampant divorce cases.
“In a country like Nigeria, no matter how well we think or repackage it, divorce is still unacceptable and to some people it is shame. The rate of divorce in the country is increasing, especially with domestic violence which is also on the rise.
Often, it is the issue of money and expecting too much from each other that causes problems between couples. Couples can be over demanding, expecting too much, which indirectly puts pressure on their relationship.
People now have access to social media where they see couples in the west live a life of fantasy, posting pictures of bliss. And when they feel it’s time to move on or when there is a conflict, they resolve marital challenges by filing for a divorce.
Africans are not naturally wired that way; we endure, we want to make it work, which does not happen anymore, people can no longer endure.
At the slightest incline they want divorce, both parties are not ready to accept they are wrong. It is bad for our rich African culture, which sees the family structure as an integral part of the society.”
The counselor advised married couples to be patient and stop rushing to court for divorce, adding that separation is to be considered only when there is threat to life.