Nigeria: A law to ban poor men from polygamy- Muslim leader

Nigeria’s second most influential Muslim leader – the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has disclosed that there will soon be a law stopping men from taking more than one wife, unless they  if they have enough means to support them.

The proposal was motivated by the clear link between polygamy, poverty and terrorism. The Emir said a sub-committee of scholars in the Kano palace had been working for over a year on the bill, which will be passed by the State Government into law, Africa News reports.

Local media quotes the former governor of the central bank as saying: “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 a big law which covers a whole range of issues from consent to marriage, to maintenance to divorce, to maintenance of children to inheritance. It will be the first time in Nigeria that a Muslim law on personal status will be codified,” he added.

He however stressed that there was nothing wrong with polygamy, for as long as it was practiced properly, and adding that at all material moments, women needed to be given the opportunity to thrive.

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