Cleric appeals for accelerated reintegration of IDPs

Rafat Salami, Abuja

The Chief Imam of the Al-Habibiya Islamic society Fuad Adeyemi has asked the Nigerian government to accelerate the process of returning IDPs to their homes.

Imam Fuad at the annual Ramadan unity lecture in Abuja said while the military has commendably defeated the insurgents, government and all stakeholders should now focus on making communities safe for displaced persons to return home.

“Our leaders should accelerate the process of making communities safe for those in IDP camps also return them to their home”, he said

Imam Fuad also asked Nigerians to continue to support the Nigerian army whose gallantry efforts he said has completely curtailed the insurgency and also recently led to the release of the Chibok girls.”

Unity Lecture

The Unity lecture has as its theme Polygamy: Shari’ah versus Culture.

The lecturer Dr Usman Muhammed Shu’iab, of the Bayero University of Kano asked Muslims to obey the injunctions of Allah in relation to their wives and family.

He blamed the numerous social ills especially the Almajiri /beggars’ syndrome in most part of the North to lack of knowledge of Islam and wrongly constituted marriages.

According to Dr Usman, “polygamy as practiced by true Muslims comes with a lot of guides on how it is to be conducted and the rights of the couples are clearly defined and the requirements that the husband must fulfil in order to be fair and just to all the wives.’’

He said ability to provide the basic needs for the family is a prerequisite to marriage and also to polygamy.

Dr Usman who is the secretary of the marriage reform sub-committee of the Social Reform committee set up by the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi, said the Islamic provisions and rules of marriage and responsibility had been misinterpreted adding that such misinterpretation has resulted in several social vices.

His position re-echoes the statement by the Emir of Kano Muhammed Sanusi the II who had in February this year said there will soon be a law which would stop men from taking more than one wife except they prove they can support them.

The Emir had said that that for people in the largely Muslim north of Africa’s most populous country, there was a clear link between “polygamy, poverty and terrorism”, the reasons that necessitated the proposed law.

“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,” he said.

He said a sub-committee of scholars in the Kano palace had been working for over a year on the bill, which will be passed by the State Government into law.

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