Kano to introduce law on women, children’s rights

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Kano State, North-West Nigeria is set to introduce a law that seeks to address some of the problems associated with polygamy as well as
protecting the rights of children.

Emir of Kano Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi disclosed this in Abuja, while
speaking at an event to honour former Nigeria’s Ambassador to Ghana,
late Malam Isa Wali.

“Those of us in the North have passed through the economic
consequences of men who are not capable of maintaining one wife but have four, producing 20 children, not educating them, leading them on the streets where they end up as thugs. It is perhaps a tribute to the late Isa Wali that as I speak, a sub-committee of Islamic Scholars, which I set up in the palace in Kano, has been working for one year is concluding the final sections of the family law we intend to produce
in Kano, which will address some of the issues that Malam Isa Wali was concerned about,”
he said.

The Royal Father said the law would be the first of its kind in
Northern Nigeria.

“The law will set out what Islam permits, it will outlaw forced
marriages, make domestic violence illegal, and will spell out the
conditions you need to meet before you marry a second wife as well as give protection for divorced women. It will be the first time in Northern Nigeria that a Muslim law of personal status is being codified,”
the Emir stated.

Alhaji Sanusi further said the law will dish out the responsibilities
of parents especially fathers to their children, as well as the role
of the courts towards children that are abandoned by their parents.

“The law will clearly state the role of a father beyond producing a child, and the role of the courts in taking care of children who
cannot be taken care of by their fathers,”
he explained.

The Emir said the law would depict the kind of thinking that late
Ambassador Isa Wali had, adding that the credit goes to some present
day scholars who are open to the changes contained in the proposed