Toke Makinwa, Nigerian media personality, has charged fans to opt for separation if marriage appears to be threatening their peace, adding that “nobody is worth throwing the rest of your life in jail or even worse a death sentence for”.

Makinwa’s admonishment comes after a high court in Abuja had sentenced Maryam Sanda, an FCT resident, to death by hanging after she was convicted for the murder of Bilyamin Mohammed Bello, her husband.

Sanda was said to have stabbed her husband over alleged infidelity, although she claimed he had died after falling on a broken piece of ‘shisha’ pot during an argument.

Joining the fray of Nigerians who have since taken to social media to bare their thoughts on the development, Makinwa dismissed cultural reservations that frown at divorce.

“They say divorce isn’t an option, it’s a sin. They say it’s not our tradition. But, if you die or kill someone in anger, the same people will only cry with you as you throw your life away,” she wrote.

“Try separation first. If things don’t get better, choose you. Life is tough, people are angry, there’s frustration. The only sanity you can guarantee is yours. If someone is threatening your peace please separate from them.

“At least you can both be alive to raise your kids, and maybe one day find a resolve. Stop testing yourself. I know some conversations are tough but they must be had.

“I know some conversations are tough but they must be had, nobody is worth throwing the rest of your life in jail or even worse, a death sentence, anger is evil, choose your mental health and walk away always. It’s hard, it’s tough but one minute of anger can take away everything.”

Liz Benson, actress-turn-evangelist, had earlier argued that quitting marriage is ideal when violence is involved — irrespective of for-better-for-worse gospels.

“When certain things come into play, violence that can’t be stopped, then I think it’s better to get out, stay somewhere, and be alive than to be in there and lose your life,” she had warned.



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