The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has said that he has been able to confirm there is link between polygamy, poverty and terrorism.
Because of this discovery, he would soon unveil a law to stop poor men in the emirate from marrying many wives.
Speaking in Abuja yesterday at the 50th anniversary of the death of Ambasador Isa Wali, a former Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana who died on active duty on February 19, 1967, the monarch said the proposed law, which he would ensure the Kano government passes, would immortalize Wali, a passionate advocate of 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 wives. 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 finalizing 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 fulfill 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.”
Sanusi, said he was not in anyway advocating the scrapping of polygamy if it was practiced properly, only that women, who also shape the lives of future kings, must be given the opportunity to thrive.
The occasion attracted dignitaries such as Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, a former military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.), a former Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Ignatius Olisaemeka and a former minister and former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Alhaji Maitama Sule.