A law is underway in Kano State to prevent men who cannot support their wives from having more than one wife.
The law, which is being championed by the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi was made known by him during a speech he delivered at a Muslim gathering on Sunday in Kano.
Sanusi said the prevailing situation where most poor men married as much as four wives because it is permissible in Islam, and ended up with as many as 20 children has engendered widespread poverty in the north.
He said, “Those of us in the 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.”