To many, this sound like a huge joke but those who know say, it isn't a joke at all. Women in Gombe State are crying over shortage or scarcity of husbands. It's a fact...and a worrisome one for that matter.
Did I hear you say, indeed the world is changing just like the global climate change? Sure it is changing and very fast or rapid too.
Indeed, we are in a changing world. Sometime in 2019, women in Kenya took to the streets to protest lack of husbands...same happened in South Africa...and now it is our dear Nigeria. We in this part of the world laughed them (Kenya and South Africa) to scorn....but today, we are faced with the reality. Husbands are scarce.
But what could have led to scarcity of husbands in Gombe? Or is Gombe presenting the true picture of the Nigerian situation?
I think the later sounds more direct and real. Today's Nigeria has fewer men in our overall population. Most of these FEW men are youth.
They want a better life before going into marriage. They don't want to put their wives and unborn children through suffering or difficult times or poverty induced lifestyle.
Most of them are hustling like they say. Hustling for a better tomorrow. Part of this hustling has taken them abroad to seek greener pastures. Many are still planning to travel.
Aside this, the menace of insecurity is taking it's toll on men. The terrorists and or bandits go after men once or when the strike in a community. They kill the men and capture the women and children especially female and teenage girls....many of whom they rape and kill. Few others they take as hostages or forced into marriages.
This scenario leaves communities with widows and aged women. So, it is a possibility that the alarm bells from Gombe could be a true national crisis waiting to explode.
Should there be an explosion then, danger looms as it could lead to several vices as even witnessed presently. We have seen lesbianism on the increase. We are witnessing homes of single mothers on the rise. Who knows what next?
Solutions!!! Government must end this ugly and growing state of insecurity to save men and indirectly help women who need husbands. Government must improve the economy to ensure jobs are created. This will naturally stop or slow down the urge to seek greener pastures abroad.
The choice is ours as a nation, people and government.