Emir of Kano seeks action on divorce rate

Acheme Jack, Kano

The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II has called for full-scale re-orientation of Islamic scholars and citizens on the inherent dangers associated with the alarming rate of divorce in the Muslim community, which he says, are most times, without cogent reasons.

He stressed that the issue had remained a complex phenomenon that deserves a pragmatic action by Islamic scholars, government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other concerned citizens.

Emir Sanusi made the call in his palace during a community dialogue on promoting child and family health care organized by Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) and Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC).

Emir Sanusi  challenged Islamic scholars to work very hard in changing the concept and notions of marriage, just as he urged people to measure their economic capacity before indulging in polygamous marriage.

According to him, “a situation where by a man gets married to four wives and bears over 18 children, without tangible means of livelihood or taking absolute responsibility should be condemned”, adding that in a situation where a man would divorce his wife and leave her to wallow in poverty was ungodly and un-Islamic.

The monarch insisted that any man who deserves more than one wife must ensure that he can provide the means to carter for the needs of the wives and children, pointing out that bearing children without taking adequate responsibility was a sin “before man and Allah.”

On the issue of the maternal and child mortality rates, the Emir wants an aggressive campaign in the rural areas of the state.