The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has stated that he may soon propose a law, which would stop poor men in the emirate from marrying more than one wife.
Sanusi made this disclosure in Abuja on Sunday at the 50th
anniversary of the death of Ambasador Isa Wali, a former Nigerian High
Commissioner to Ghana.
Walei died on active duty on February 19, 1967.
According to the royal father, he had been able to establish a connection between polygamy, poverty and terrorism.
Sanusi said he would ensure that the law would be passed by the Kano
State Government as a way of immortalising the late Wali who was one of
the first northern elements to advocate gender equality.
He said, “Those of us in the North have all seen the economic
consequences of men who are not capable of maintaining one wife,
marrying four. They end up producing 20 children, not educating them,
leaving them on the streets, and they end up as thugs and terrorists.
“It is perhaps a tribute to Mallam Isa that today, as I speak, in the
palace in Kano a sub-committee of scholars, which I set up and has been
working for about a year, is finalising the final sections of a family
law we intend to introduce in Kano which will address some of the issues
that Mallam Isa was concerned about.
“The law will address what Islam says on marriage, it will outlaw
forced marriages, it will make domestic violence illegal, it will put in
conditions that you need to fulfil before you can marry a second wife,
it will spell out the responsibilities of a father beyond producing a
“It is a big law which covers a whole range of issues from consent to
marriage, to maintenance to divorce, to maintenance of children and
inheritance. It will be the first time in northern Nigeria that a Muslim
law on personal status will be codified.”
Just few weeks back, Sanusi called on wealthy individuals in the North to stop wasting money in building mosques but rather invest it in girl child education.
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