The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has asked the Senate to discard the bill which seeks to ensure men and women have equal inheritance rights because it is against Islamic religion.
Other things the bill proposes are that a widow should be entitled to the custody of her children unless it is contrary to the interests and welfare of the children, that a widow shall have the right to remarry any man of her choice as well as have the right to a fair share in the inheritance of her late husband’s property and the right to live in her matrimonial house.
But the Sultan, who spoke in Gusau at the closing ceremony of the 20th Zamfara State Annual Qur’anic Recitation Competition 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 been living peacefully with Christians and followers of other religions in this country. Therefore, we should be allowed to perform our religion effectively.”
He therefore called on the Senate to discard the bill based on its religious implications.
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