The Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi has declared that he would introduce a law prohibiting poor men from marrying more than one wife.
According to him, there is a connection between polygamy, poverty and terrorism. He noted that because muslims practice polygamous marriage, most poor men end up marrying up to four wives with as many as 20 children whom turn out to be thugs and terrorists due to lack of proper education.
The Emir said this during a speech he delivered at a muslim gathering on Sunday.
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 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.