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Nigerian Imam Proposed Polygamy Ban For Poor Men

By Patricia Doyle

Hello Jeff  - Finally, a Nigerian Muslim leader who has some sense.  It is impossible for a poor man to support 20 or more children.  In my opinion it is impossible for such a man to support any children.

I do hope that the Imam will get the Nigerian lawmakers to change the law to accommodate the proposal to end polygamy for poor men who cannot possibly care for 20 children who will ultimately end up living on the streets and becoming targets for ISIS recruiters.  The children of the poor end up without getting any education and end up in a life of crime or becoming future terrorists.


Nigerian Muslim Leader Proposes Polygamy Ban For Poor Men

Nigeria’s influential Muslim leader ­ the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi ­ is planning to introduce a law which would stop men from taking more than one wife if they did not have the means to support them.

In a speech on Sunday Mr Sanusi said that a connection had been established between polygamy, poverty and terrorism, Nigeria’s widely read Punch newspaper reports.

Local media quotes the powerful religious leader and former governor of the central bank saying:

    “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.”

He added:

    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.”