Speaking at the 20th Zamfara State Annual Qur’anic Recitation Competition, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar lll, called on the Senate to Reject the Gender Equality Bill before it, TheCable reports.
“Our religion is our total way of life; therefore, we will not accept any move to change what Allah permitted us to do. Islam is a peaceful religion; we have been living peacefully with Christians and followers of other religions in this country. Therefore, we should be allowed to perform our religion effectively,” the Sultan said.
The bill is proposing that widows should have custody of their children except it is against the welfare and interests of the children.
It is also seeking equal rights for male and female children in the sharing of inherited family wealth and properties
It also says a widow should have the right to remarry any man of her choice and should have the right to a fair share in the inheritance of her late husband’s property, and the right to live in her matrimonial home.
The Senate rejected the Bill after second reading in March this year, but it has been reintroduced and has passed second reading. It was sponsored by Senator Biodun Christine Olujimi from Ekiti South Senatorial District.