Housewives Happy With Borno Curfew

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Some house wives in Maiduguri on Monday, expressed their delight with the current curfew imposed on the city, saying it has helped in promoting family bond.

The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order (ORO) had imposed curfew in some Local Government

Areas (LGA) of the state to curtail the increasing attacks by suspected Boko Haram militants.

A cross-section of the housewives, interviewed by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri, said that the curfew had helped in keeping their husbands at home.

Mrs Zainab Ali, a resident of 505 Housing Estate, Dikwa-Ngala Road, said the curfew had created an avenue for her to know many things about her husband.

“I got married to him in 2007, he had never stayed at home for more than seven hours, except when he was ill. but now he comes home as early as 5 p.m. and stays still around 8 a.m. before leaving.

“My family has really benefitted from the curfew because we now have opportunity of staying together for longer period,” Ali, a school teacher, said, noting that after realising what he had been missing at home, her husband often stayed till 9 a.m. before leaving for business.

“Although the curfew has its negative side, my family is better off, because the children have had the opportunity of staying with their father regularly.

“I am sure many families have similar experiences,” she said.

Mrs Larai Ezekiel, also a resident of the estate corroborated Ali’s claim, saying that the situation had afforded her family an opportunity to move closer to God.

“My husband always comes home late in the night before the curfew because he stays with friends at joints for a long period of time, he comes back when we are fast asleep.

“But now, he comes home early, pray with us before going to bed, he even monitors the movements of the children closely,” Ezekiel said, adding that her husband also attended church services with his family on Sundays and prayed fervently for God’s protection.

“My family has really moved closer to God, we stay together, sleep together and prayed to God for longer hours together,” Ezekiel said.

Hajiya Rakiya Abdullahi, a resident of Gwange, said her husband even helped in some domestic work while at home.

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“I was suprised when I saw my husband helping out to bath the children, when he came home and saw them looking dirty.

“Except that we cannot buy essential things at night, the curfew is not bad at all,” Abdullahi said.

But Mrs Mairo Bukar an akara seller offered a different opinion.

“The curfew has almost ruined my business because I can no longer sell in the evenings, I only depend on the morning sales to survive now,” Bukar a widow said.

She said that prior to the curfew she was making an average of N1,000 per day.

“I was making about N1,000 sales per day, N500 in the morning and another N500 in the evening but now I cannot operate in the evening, due to the curfew.

“Things have changed greatly, although we are surviving,” Bukar said.

Miss Mary Isa, a lady agreed with Bukar, saying that the curfew had almost killed her grasshoppers bussiness.

“I came to Maiduguri from Adamawa about five years ago, I have been frying grasshoppers since I came because it is a good business, especially in the evenings when I always record trade boom.

“But with the curfew I can no longer sell in the evening or at night, we pray that the curfew will be reviewed soon, so we can go back to business,” Isa said.

Malam Modu Bulama, a butcher said that the curfew had affected his business negatively.

“Before the curfew I make a business turnover of about N50,000 daily because my business extends to the evenings.

“But now I hardly make up to N20,000 because I don not always exhaust my supply,” Bulama said.

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