A Lagos High Court judge, Justice Joseph Oyewole, on Thursday commended a couple, Olorunloba and Tinuade Ogundipe, for their decision to re-unite on Valentine's Day after seven years of separation.
Many people around the world observe Valentine Day on February 14 annually as a day for celebrating and showing love.
Ogundipe and his wife, Tinuade, told Oyewole at the resumed hearing of their petition on Thursday that, in the spirit of Valentine Day, they had settled their dispute.
The 17-year-old marriage, which was contracted on July 1, 1995 at the Lagos Mainland Marriage Registry, produced three children.
Tinuade, who filed the petition seeking the dissolution of their marriage on the grounds of adultery, told the court on Thursday that she had filed an application for the discontinuance of the suit.
The 44-year-old mother had sought to end the marriage, alleging that her 51-year-old husband had cheated on her with another woman who she claimed was a banker.
Following the discontinuance application, Oyewole dismissed the petition and commended the couple for making efforts to resolve their marital dispute.
“You have made my Valentine's Day special and it is a big plus to this court,” Oyewole said.
He also advised other couples facing similar experiences to follow the Ogundipes’ exemplary step.
He said couples needed to put extra efforts to make their marriages better and urged them to always strive to resolve their disputes amicably.