Abdulwasiu Omo-Dada, the husband of Risikat Azeez, the blue-eyed woman allegedly dumped over the colour of her eyes, has said his wife is looking for sudden wealth hence her claims on social media.
In an exclusive interview with The Punch, Abdulwasiu denied dumping the 30-year-old mother and their two daughters because of the colour of their eyes, saying in fact that the eyes was what attracted him to her in the first instance.
“It was because of her eyes that I fell in love with her and married her. Without much ado, our relationship progressed and it was a good one. We would even wear outfits made of the same fabrics. We have children.
“For her to now turn around and tarnish my name everywhere… well, I accept it as the will of God. I couldn’t have left her because of her eyes because I loved her as my wife.
“All the image-tarnishing stories she had been telling about me, I have been tolerating them. I didn’t quarrel with her, I didn’t beat her; in fact, I never used to make things hard for her.
“Sometimes, she would cook, and when I asked if she made mine, she would say no and I wouldn’t make an issue of it.
“Instead, I would ride my bike to get bread; but if I attempt to take stew from the pot, she would collect the plate from me. I’m not lying against her, if I had wanted to, I wouldn’t be sharing all these details.”
Abdulwasiu also dismissed claims by Risikat that he had abdicated his responsibilities to his family.
“I have been providing for her and the children, even to the knowledge of her parents; but they were not satisfied, until they posted pictures of my children on Facebook, using them to beg for alms. They claimed that I wasn’t providing for my family.
“It’s because I have no one. If I had influential folks, I would have gone to pick them since.
“They are looking for sudden wealth, sudden riches from people. Even me, who spent all I had to take care of the kids, I haven’t gone to meet anyone for help. I tried my best and ask God for help,” he said.
Olufolake Abdulrazaq, wife of the Kwara State Governor, has offered to mediate between Riskat and her husband.