Women in Borno reacts to Emir Sanusi’s ‘one-wife-for-the-poor’ Bill

Emir of Kano
There has been mixed reactions from women in Borno on the proposed
plan by Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, the current Emir of Kano, to make sure that
poor men did not marry more than a wife.

In an interview by Vanguard, on Wednesday in Maiduguri, some
ladies supported the move while some were against it.
Recall that the Emir, at an event, bemoaned some poor peoples’
actions in marrying more than one wife when they could hardly feed themselves and
in process ends up not bringing up thugs as children because of their inability
to train them. So, in order reduce further up bring of irresponsible children, the
Emir hinted that he will be initiating a bill that would prevent poor men from
marrying more than one wife.
In reaction to this, a housewife, Mrs Maimuna Garba, advised
all married women in the north to support the Emir on his polygamy stance.
She said, “Whatever
you say or refer to in the Holy Qur’an they (men) will not listen to you; they
always choose what sweets them and abandon the concrete reality of it.”
Aisha Ibrahim, another married woman claimed that most men
would only agree with you when you advocate polygamy. “Many of them engage in extra-marital affairs while abandoning their
true wives at home.

“They should acquaint
themselves with Qur’an, Hadith and Tafsir where every aspect of mankind, from
Adam and Eve, to the last generation, has been clearly explained,”
she stated.
Mrs Amina Ba’ana, said. “Sanusi
has not said men must marry one wife or men should not marry more than a wife.
“What he is trying to do is to evoke the part of Islamic Law
that said husbands must provide food, shelter and basic needs of their wives
and kids after marriage.
“What he is doing is ensuring that before you get multiple
wives, you have to show you are capable of taking care of the wives and their off-springs
in all aspects.”
But a sing le lady, Miss Maryam Bala, seems to be on the
other side “marry and have children so I
can be proud of you”.

“The Emir might not be
wrong but yet his statement is demoralizing for women who have yet to meet
their future partners.
She added by asking a question, quoted “There are many women than men in the world, who is going to marry
On the same subject, a male lecturer of Political Science at
the Ramat Polytechnic, Maiduguri, Mr. Muhamad Askira, commented by saying:

“Almajiri system, as
presently constituted, is an affront to our religion, culture and

“No community will
prosper by condemning its future generations to begging and all sorts of
societal indignities.

“If the Almajiri
system was primarily conceived in humility and borne out of intellectual
necessity, it has since ceased to be so.

“What is happening
today is that most parents have abandoning their parental responsibilities by
disposing their wards of to distant lands for economic reprieve.

“It is pure
exploitation, bordering on sheer parental dereliction and irresponsibility

“I wonder how our
consciences fare when we see promising young lads reduced to begging at every
motor park, at every mosque entrance, at every filling station and at every
public gathering.

“I wonder how we
expect strangers and foreigners to respect us when the first experience they
have of us in ‘our land’ is mostly that of swarm of beggars.”

An Islamic priest, Malam Othman Ibn-Abdullahi, was on the
side of the Emir by insisting that he was right in his arguement. “People have abused the values and teaching
of our prophet S.A.W. Marrying more than one wife is right but only if you can
treat them equally and you have what it takes to do so.”
he explained.
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