Mr. Sa’ad Abubakar the Sultan of Sokoto has vehemently expressed his opposition to a bill seeking equal inheritance right for both male and female. He categorically said the bill is against the Islamic teaching and therefore unacceptable to Muslims.
News of Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the bill seeks equality for male and female in the inheritance of family wealth or property. In addition, the bill provides that a widow is entitled to the custody of her children unless it is contrary to the interests and welfare of the children. A widow is equally entitled to remarry any man of her choice and should have the right to a fair share in the inheritance of her late husband’s property and the right to live in her matrimonial home.
Mr. Abubakar said, our religion is our total way of life; therefore, we will not accept any move to change what Allah permitted us to do. Islam is a peaceful religion; we have lived peacefully with Christians and followers of other religions in this country. Therefore, we should be allowed to perform our religion effectively.
He therefore beckoned on the Senate not to pass the bill because of its religious implications.
Mr. Abubakar however, praised the Federal Government and the Nigerian Army for the capture of Sambisa Forest from Boko Haram terrorists. His remarks came at the closing ceremony of the 20th Zamfara State Annual Qur’anic Recitation Ceremony. In his words, “We are happy to hear this good news,” he said. “We are, therefore, calling on the Nigerian Army not to relent in its efforts in fighting the activities of Boko Haram.
He urged Muslims to pray for peaceful coexistence in the country, and cooperate with the three tiers of government to move the country forward. He said political office holders should ensure fairness and transparency in implementing projects for the development of the people most especially at the grassroots.
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