– Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi ll has said he won’t be backing down on laws seeking to stop poor men from marrying more than a wife
– The Emir also warned that wife beaters and men who force their daughters into marriage would be punished
Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammadu Sanusi ll has said despite criticism, he won’t be backing down from making law against poor men seeking to marry more than one wife.
He made this statement yesterday, February 26 during a mass wedding of 1,520 couples sponsored by Kano state government, warned that although the law is not meant to stop Muslims from marrying up to four wives, but it regulates how a man should treat his wives and children in line with the dictates of Islam, Daily Trust reports.
He said: “We are going meet on Wednesday this week to review the over 80 pages of the law and make the necessary adjustment before presenting it to the State House of Assembly for passage into law.
“Our people are facing serious challenges in their family affairs. We have heard series of complaints where a father forced his daughter to marry someone against her wish. We have heard so many cases where people marry additional wives while they could not feed them well, clothe them well or give them good shelter even though they have the means to do so.
“In this case, the proposed law provides that, a court of law would take something out of the man’s wealth to feed his family, give them shelter and clothes. In the event the man makes any attempt to resist the court’s directives, then the law takes necessary action against him. If you know, your salary cannot take care of more than one wife, you should not get additional wife.”
Sanusi also warned Muslims especially those in the habit of marrying off their daughters against their wish or beating up their wives, to desist from that, as according to him the proposed law would not allow such to continue in the state.
“You should all come back to your senses and stop these barbaric [acts] because we will not allow these to continue in Kano. I have warned all district heads, village heads, ward heads and imams to also desist from the bad habit of beating their wives and whoever among them is reported to me to have beaten up his wife, would outrightly lose his title.”
Emir Sanusi said those kicking against his family law are those seeking to keep marrying wives without the ability to take good care of them.
“As a leader, I would be accountable for the predicaments of my subjects and therefore, I would not allow them to deviate from the right path. I would continue draw their attention to the right thing until they understand.”
Meanwhile, the Emir has also warned has warned Muslims in Nigeria to shun hatred but maintain unity.
The emir who was represented by the national secretary-general of the society, Sayyidi Yahaya, explained that Islam is not a religion to show-off, but by its adherents having clear understanding and practice of its tenets.