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Sanusi Plans Law Barring The Poor In Kano From Marrying Multiple Wives


The Oasis Reporters

February 22,  2017

Emir Sanusi in traditional outfit at the Access Bank Charity Shield Polo Cup 2016 in Surrey, UK
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The nexus between polygamy, poverty and terrorism has given the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II some food for thought ,and he is about to propose a law that will restrict poor men in the emirate from marrying multiple wives. The issue of Ese Oruru that he was inadvertently dragged into with the attendant bad publicity for him was an eye opener and a drawback,

Sanusi said this in Abuja on Sunday at the 50th anniversary of the death of a former Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambasador Isa Wali, who died on active duty on February 19, 1967.

The monarch promised to 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 northerners to advocate gender equality.

Pointing out that there was nothing wrong with polygamy if it was practised properly, he maintained that women must be given the opportunity to thrive.

Sanusi said further , “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 twenty 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 child.

“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.”

The words are grand, but the generality of the people of Kano would have to see it’s implementation, against the backdrop of the national constitution and what it says about consent and the age of maturity, personal conviction and commitment.


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