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Emir Sanusi to Introduce Law Restricting Polygamy | Says it is Connected to Poverty & Terrorism



Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has said that he will introduce a new law which will place a restriction on polygamy as it is connected to poverty and terrorism.

The monarch made this known while addressing 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,” the Emir said.

Source: Vanguard


  1. CovertNigerian

    February 21, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    A welcome progressive voice that actually has some clout. I hope he’s able to positively influence more of his colleagues in leadership up North.

  2. Prince

    February 21, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I’m glad someone from among them is finally speaking out. Those of us that live in the North find is funny, (i used funny because i don’t want to be insulting or cruel) seeing a man that can’t even feed himself yet he has 3 wives and 18children.
    I wonder where those teachings originate from but thanks to God, an end is almost here.

  3. tunmi

    February 21, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Oh dear. I’m not sure this will go down well. How about providing basic education for all? Hear me out. You know your people best. They won’t agree with this because the men will think you’re trying to take away their rights and the women will think you’re taking away their livelihood.

    The best way to curb polygamy is if the woman is educated and able to earn their own money. But you can’t say that outright so you find a way to make that happen. Provide a blanket basic education for all, men and women and children. Create job opportunities for ALL: men, and women. Have the domestic violence laws but also pay serious attention to the people who are responsible for carrying that out: the police, the judiciary, and the social work.

    Forget the law matter. Create a social program that would help families with food, housing, and jobs. Let them (the women) see the tangible effects, and they will be the ones to massively support the law. Create a space where they have options. But if they are hungry and marriage is what tales them out of that poverty, you are OYO

    • Moi

      February 21, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Education and employment for all are macro goals. Where will you see employment to provide to that number of people? Let’s focus on micro goals like regulating polygamy first. Also, focusing on domestic violence is cool though not directly related to this problem. Fun fact: you will hear of domestic violence more from the south than the north. They divorce like anything there and divorced women are hot cake, so women don’t hesitate to pack and go. Kano has one of the highest rates of divorces in subsaharran Africa. Kano women don’t have time for that “face your children” sh!t.
      Finally and most importantly, let them focus on the kind of influence their children are exposed to. You should know and fully understand what your child is learning from their mallams at islamiyya. Osama and Mutallab were from rich homes but their parents failed in that oversight. Not all ills can be tied to poverty, good home training is imperative.

    • Nahum

      February 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      @Moi, you make absolute sense. I agree with the Emir’s law. Poor men have no business having more than one wife. Work hard, have a small family and educate your family. Africans in general, both muslims and christians need to end polygamy. We have a bunch of children on the streets, malnourished and uneducated and the parents are busy straffing themselves in the bedroom while these innocent souls go hungry. We should even have a China like law in place, limiting the amount of kids all married couples should have. This would go a long way in curbing our issues.

    • Nunulicious

      February 21, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      @tunmi I disagree with your approach and agree with the emir’s.
      There have been so many attempts to ‘educate’ them but the numbers don’t make sense… there have been so many symptomatic attempts to solving the matter…from UBE to the almajiri schools yet, see where we are.

      This emir is probably the most enlightened and has the most clout to begin this process, who knows if the subsequent one would be a paedophile?
      Putting a framework that protects women and children and guides polygamy is a welcome attempt to address the ROOT of the matter.

  4. Oscar

    February 21, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Oh Sanusi….. I hope your people would not kill you for this

    • Tyty

      February 21, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Aw I was just about to say that.

    • Jade Edo babe

      February 21, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      Then sanusi will die fighting for a good cause. If we continue to be afraid of what others will do, then Nigeria will remain in the shitty place it is. You think change in developed countries was easy but they were willing to risk their lives to better themselves.
      I support Sanusi.

  5. Omalicha

    February 21, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    @tunmi well said. Your suggestions can work in countries that have working and credible governments, but they are unrealistic in modern day Nigeria. Its better Sanusi works with something more realistic and easily attainable which is putting constraining rules on people that aren’t financially able to support families. That way it would help curb the rate of poverty and children who are brought into the world and can’t be taken proper care of. And as for the law taking away rights of men.. in my opinion it was never a right of anybody to marry women they aren’t properly equipped and capable to cater for and bring children into the world that don’t know where their next meals would come from. If the men are a little capable to taking care of as many wives they decide to marry, no one is stopping them.. all we want is be financially capable of taking care of the family you’re creating

    • tunmi

      February 22, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Then I propose family planning, affordable or subsidized birth control methods. It would really help to get the northerners take on this

  6. slice

    February 21, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    People know a woman has the right to choose to marry a poor man .

    • Spunky

      February 21, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      You missed the point.

  7. Jah Sharon

    February 21, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    God is talking through this brave man. How can a level 12 officer who earns less than 200,000 monthly feed and house 4 wives and send 12 children to go schools? IBB is a Muslim, he had one wife, after the death of his wife, he has not remarried. Are these poor polygamist saying that IBB does not understand the Quran? Sanusi Lamido Sanusi you have always been fearless and God has been rewarding for your fearlessness.

  8. Ogbuefi

    February 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Well done Emir and I appreciate your drive to re-position the North against illiteracy, early marriages, poverty & terrorism. I support you 100%. Meanwhile, Southerners, pls let us tackle illiteracy in our land as it is growing beyond limits. Though we may have the best WAEC/JAMB results, but there is a growing population of drop-outs and illiterate & un-employable graduates.

  9. king Bey

    February 21, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Welcome development…well done sir

  10. NG

    February 21, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Is he a good example? You are preaching for the rich to have all the ‘fun’ while the poor bite finger envying you abi? Will it work?

    • tunmi

      February 22, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      The rich can afford it

  11. NG

    February 21, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Good idea but will only work if people like him lead by example otherwise na hypocrisy

    • Le coco

      February 21, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      how isnt he leading by example? is he poor? r his kids malnourished?

  12. omolabake

    February 21, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    All I see is just that his face is now filled out with cheeks and he has grey beards.

    Ok o. Welldone Emir. Its a good development but your people are really sick in reasoning. I don’t get it.

    Was in the market the other day and a beggar was going to beg alms from me only for him to be using style to touch me . A whole big woman in IRO AND BUBA o…..

    Now I just concluded that I should have shouted him down because I feel if that type of person sees a vulnerable girl child for corner he may just abuse the girl ..

    Even as I am typing I still feel bad that I did nothing to save the next victim.

  13. funmilola

    February 21, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    I hope and pray he gets the support he needs, especially from his people.

  14. Manny

    February 21, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    {conditions that you need to fulfil before you can marry a second wife}

    I hope those conditions are not solely economic. Otherwise, you have an elitist law that will do more harm than good. Besides, the rich ones also fail in their responsibilities towards their wives and children.

    • tunmi

      February 22, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      That’s my concern.


    February 21, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Emir Sanusi. Eliminating Polygamy is not going to solve the problem of poverty in Nigeria especially in the Nothern parts of Nigeria period” Eliminating polygamy in Nigeria is an impossible task which you Emir Sanusi can not accomplish in your lifetime. You know what your problem is Emir Sanusi. I believe your Turban is wound too tight. You need someone to help you to adjust your Turban so that you can begin to think more rationally. Part of the solution to eliminating poverty in the Nothern parts of Nigeria is to eliminate the Talakawa system Secondly, to stop some of your Notherners from stealing money earmarked for certain educational programs.. Thirdly, vote for Governors in the Nothern parts of Nigeria who will establish a free educational system. From the primary level all the way to the University level. In addition to that, they should establish vocational schools for those who want to learn trade. Notherners to stop paying leap service to issues affecting the North. Look for solutions to problems affecting them outside of the Quran. This is the Twenty first Century not 1440AD. Those are some legitimate ways to rid Nigeria of poverty not your way Emir Sanusi.

    • Manny

      February 21, 2017 at 9:39 pm

      There is a difference between putting restrictions on polygamy and eliminating polygamy. He did not say he wants to eliminate polygamy. Calm down.

  16. nnenne

    February 22, 2017 at 5:06 am

    So, he is implying that people who have money should fill everywhere with children?
    Family Planning is not just for the poor,. Children need time and attention. not just money.
    Question is how many children can a man really give holistic attention to. Am sure Bill Gates can feed and cloth 100,000,000 kids.
    But nah, it is not just about money alone!

    Is the rich people building their own schools, roads, hospitals, ,municipal power , water and sewage?
    Over population is a burden on our communities at large. If you feed and cloth your kids, how about the burden on our social amenities.

    Conclusion, monogamy, family planning is every bodies business, not just poor people!

    • nnenne

      February 23, 2017 at 11:49 am

      meant*****” Everybody’s business.”

  17. Moniker

    February 22, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Charity begins at home. Let him start from himself biko. Women are not commodities that you can have four of because you can.

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