Abuja – It is Valentine season and while many are hoping to take a break from the usual ‘hustle and bustle’ of everyday work-life, to cling to their partners, some men seem to dread the thought of staying home longer than necessary, because of the usual ‘troubles’ in the home front.
Some men who spoke to a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, often regarded as ‘a Civil Service State’, say they prefer to stopover at hang-outs for a beer or two, before going home, to avoid unnecessary squabbles with their wives.
They also said disturbances from their children contributed to making them stay late night at such drinking joints.
Mr Ferdinand Lucas, a welder, who visits Cachez Garden in Wuse, admitted that he stops over at the garden to relax with a bottle of beer before going home to avoid argument with his wife.
“I recall when we newly got married, my wife use to be very humble and caring but now it is the opposite.
“My wife complains on every issue and sometimes I don’t even know how to handle or manage her.
“In one of the occasions when I got home, she started complaining over the children school fees which I already promised to settle at the end of the month,’’ he said.
Lucas said he wish he was still single to avoid the usual ranting of the wife, even when he came home late.
Mr Samuel Olaedo a business man at Wuse Market said he preferred to stop over at beer parlour to drink and watch football to ease off tension before going home.
“I recall an incident that happened some time ago, my wife asked me to buy a separate television for her to avoid her disturbance during football match.
“I told her I have no money for that now, since she comes back home before me she will start watching her soap operas; she will hide the remote control from me.
“When I return home and try to change the station from the decoder we will start arguing which will result to insults,’’ he said.
Olaedo pointed out that he preferred going straight to his bed to sleep even when he returned home late just to avoid the wife’s disturbance.
A male boutique operator, who spoke on the condition anonymity, said the desire to take care of his girlfriend keeps him out in a garden every day.
According to him, the wife is incapable of making the home interesting for him.
“My girlfriend is a very interesting person and she makes me very happy; that is why I spend more time her than with my wife.
“My wife doesn’t make the home interesting, she is always busy chatting with her friends on phone and leaving me to myself but my girlfriend gives me attention and notices everything that bothers me,’’ he said.
He further said that he could be married to the girlfriend if the wife does not change.(NAN)