The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Lamido Sanusi II, said a family law will soon be put in place to outlaw forced marriages and make domestic violence illegal in the state.
The Emir who disclosed this on Sunday while speaking at the 50th anniversary of the demise of Isa Wali, a former Nigerian ambassador to Ghana, said the law had become important as many men marry women and have children they can’t take care of.
“It perhaps a tribute to Mallam Isa that today as I speak, in the palace in Kano, a sub-committee which I set up of scholars which have been working for one year is finalising sections of a family law we intend to introduce to Kano which would address some of the issues Mallam Isa was concerned about.
“The law will set up what Islam says about the minimum age of marriage, it will outlaw forced marriages, it will make domestic violence illegal, it will put in the conditions that you must fulfil before you can marry a second wife, it will introduce protection for divorced women, it sets out the responsibilities of a father beyond producing the child and the role of the court in taking care of children.
“It is a very big one because the law ranges from consent to marriage, to maintenance to divorce, to the maintenance of children to inheritance.
“We have all seen the economic consequence of men who are not capable of maintaining one wife marrying four, producing 20 children, not educating them, leaving them on the streets end up as thugs and terrorists.”
Emir Lamido Sanusi had previously spoken up on the need to ban child marriage as he advocated a ban on marriage of women below 18 years, saying most of the women suffering from reproductive health challenges were products of such marriages.
He said it was high time the Muslim community lived by the reality of economic recession and consequences of early marriages, adding that the era when people gave out their daughters in marriage at early ages and asked the husbands to wait till they were ripe was mere deception. The strategy according to him, no longer worked as it had been the cause of so many cases of divorce and other ugly situations.
Going back to history, Emir Sanusi noted that those who had married four wives and above and gave birth to about 30 to 40 children, did so because the economy was not only buoyant but also because they were not dependent on the government for sustenance.
But lamented that even though the harsh economic situation in the country makes it difficult for people to feed two times a day, his people has not changed as many of them with virtually doing nothing still give birth to 20 or 30 children and this must stop”.
The emir also recently advocated that all mosques in the state be converted to schools saying the northern part of Nigeria is lacking immensely in terms of education.
Mallam Lamido Sanusi explained that the Moroccans adopted this model of education where mosques are used not only for religious teaching and prayers, but some sections of the buildings were also used for academic learning.
Therefore he challenged northern governors to use such educational model in order to revamp the backwardness of the North in education when compared with the Southern part of the country.