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Some working-class wives in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have said that the current cash crunch ruined their Valentine’s Day on February 14.

The women who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday lamented that the inability to access cash prevented them from celebrating the special day with their spouses.

Chelsea Ndubaku, a public servant, said she slept with anger on Tuesday night because she didn’t get her desired Valentine’s treat from her partner.

“For the past five years that we got married, on Valentine’s Day, my husband usually takes me out for some treats at night,” Ndubaku said.

“I do not like going to restaurants to eat the usual. I like going to local joints to eat bush meat and local drinks. Yesterday, when we got to the joint, he tried to use the Point of Sale (PoS) to pay when ATMs did not pay him but the network was too problematic.

“After so many trials, we decided to use the little cash we had to buy only drinks and left. I was so angry that I slept with the anger. He pleaded with me to understand because it was not his fault.”

Peace Agede said her birthday celebration coincided with Valentine’s Day but that the celebration was disrupted due to the lingering cash scarcity.

“We usually celebrate Valentine’s Day together with my birthday. My hubby usually purchased gifts for me to celebrate the two events. This year, he simply told me he looked for cash everywhere but could not access it,” she explained.

“When I asked him if the transfer was not also working, he said the one he did for someone has been pending, but he has been debited. He told me that he won’t do any other transfer till the one he did was resolved.”

Blessing Odeje, a housewife, said the special Valentine’s Day surprise she had planned for her family was stalled.

“I wanted to give my family a special Valentine’s Day surprise, but I was not able to purchase everything that I needed to do this,” lamented Odeje.

“This is because most traders in the market said they do not accept transfers, especially for very few items purchased. This is frustrating.”

By Uzoamaka Ikezue (Staff Reporter)

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