Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, emir of Kano, is set to pursue a state law that will outlaw forced marriages, stop domestic violence, regulate polygamy and protect divorced women.
According to The Cable, the Emir disclosed this on Sunday while speaking at the 50th anniversary of the demise of Isa Wali, a former Nigerian ambassador to Ghana.
He said the law had become important because a lot of men marry and have children they can’t cater for.
His words: “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 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.”