There’s a connection between polygamy, poverty, terrorism – Emir of Kano

The Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi has said that he would introduce a law prohibiting poor men from marrying more than one wife, saying there is a connection between polygamy, poverty and terrorism.

He said because muslims practice polygamous marriage, most poor men end up marrying up to four wives with as many as 20 children whom they sometimes don’t train in schools hence, some of them become thugs and terrorists.

The Emir gave the statement during a speech he delivered at a muslim gathering on Sunday.

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano
“Those of us in the [mainly Muslim] 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.”

The emir discussed different areas to be covered by the wide-ranging family law, which he said would be passed by the Kano state government.

“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.”

2 comments

  1. very interesting. i call on all Muslim to think deeply with an open mind on this social issues before criticising it. to be honest i have long time held the same view with the Emir on this marriage issue. i thing we should not just looks things as cultural and traditions and we say that is religion or Islam. Islam is a balance system of life that has prospect for humans but only a strong leaders like of Emir of Kano are bold enough to come out and addressees this for the first time in our history.

  2. very interesting. i call on all Muslim to think deeply with an open mind on this social issues before criticising it. to be honest i have long time held the same view with the Emir on this marriage issue. i thing we should not just looks things as cultural and traditions and we say that is religion or Islam. Islam is a balance system of life that has prospect for humans but only a strong leaders like of Emir are bold enough to come come out and challenge the status-co for the first time in the history of our land.

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