Last year, there was news which wen viral all over the internet that the Eritrean government has made it compulsory for all the men of the country to marry two (or more) wives or face lifetime jail sentence. Nigerians mocked and ridiculed the small East African country, boasting that it could never happen in their own country (Nigeria). This may altogether be false following what transpired at the floor of the Senate yesterday.
While the whole country is battling economic hardship and it looking up to the law making arm of the government to come up with laws and policies that will help alleviate the sufferings of the people, the Senate Leader, Mohammed Ali Ndume, on Tuesday prayed the Senate house by moving a motion that requested Nigerian men to marry more than one wife. According to him, that will be a way “to show care to women.”
Mr. Ndume gave his advice while contributing to the debate on the motion to mark International Women’s Day moved by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Women Affairs, Oluremi Tinubu and specifically asked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who is currently married to one wife, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, to marry another wife.
In the motion, Mrs. Tinubu paid tribute to women, saying,
We represent courage and resilience (and) without us I don’t think this country will move forward.
Mr. Ndume, in his contribution, also asked men to marry more wives as a way of taking care of them. In his statement:
I urge men to marry more than one wife. The first care of a woman is marriage.
Men should take care of women by not just befriending them, but by going further to marry them. I know there is nowhere in the Bible that prohibits marrying more than one wife.
Starting with the Senate President, I ask him to consider marrying more than one wife.
Mr. Ndume, thereafter, made a formal request to the Senate. He asked the Upper Legislative chamber to declare that Nigerian men should marry more than one wife.
As a sign of respect for women, let’s urge men to marry more than one wife.
Suleiman Nazif, representing Bauchi North Senatorial District, in his contribution, supported the Senate Leader.
However, the request failed because when passed into a vote of “yes” or “nay,” the Senate President ruled that “the nays have it!”
Responding to Mr. Ndume, Binta Garba (APC Adamawa state) made a counter remark, correcting the Senate Leader’s earlier assertions.
We are not sex objects. Bible is in support of one man one woman. We want gender parity. Where women and men can work side by side.