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Sultan rejects bill proposing equality for men, women

•Says it’s un-Islamic

By Adetutu Folasade-Koyi

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, has rejected an equality bill being considered by the Senate.

The bill seeks equality for male and female children in the sharing of inherited family wealth or property.

It also proposes that a widow is entitled to the custody of her children unless it is contrary to the interests and welfare of the children.

The bill also seeks that a widow shall have the right to remarry any man of her choice and 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.

The Sultan, has, however said the bill is anti-Islamic and unacceptable to Muslims.

Tthe Sultan said this in Gusau at the closing of the 20th Zamfara State Annual Qur’anic Recitation competition, yesterday.

Abubakar said at the occasion that the bill is against Islam and, therefore, unacceptable to Muslims.

“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 said.

He urged the Senate not to consider the bill because of its religious implications.

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  1. Dr. Uche Kalu 28th December 2016 at 12:30 pm

    The Rag-head Caliph of Sokoto,Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar
    seems to be living in a fool’s paradise.
    Doesn’t he know that our Commonwealth of Nigeria is a Secular
    Republic?
    The Sultan’s Caliphate of Sokoto is an anachronistic and a
    Neo-colonialist Alien Institution here in our Father, that ought
    to have been dismantled long ago at our Independence from Great Britain, on the 1st of October 1960.
    The Bristish Colonialists have long gone.
    Now is the time for us, the Indigenous People of Nigeria to demand
    for an immediate dismantling of the Fulani Neo-colonialist Caliphate of Sokoto,or its repatriation to Mali,where its founder,
    Imam Uthman Dan Fodio came from.
    We,the indigenous People of Nigerians,with the current situation in the polity, can no longer afford to have the Caliphate of Sokoto calling the tune here in our Fatheland.
    It is indeed,like we’ve been having a parallel Islamic Republic within our Secular Commonwealth for too long.
    Thanks to God,that in the US,we soon gonna have our 21st Century Knight, in the person of the President Elect,Donald
    Trump,in the White House.
    Donlad Trump, along with his Security Adviser and Secretary of Defence, have vowed to rid our world of the evil of Islamism.
    Islam is an evil and a wicked Religion that has no place in our
    21st Century.Islamism is a threat to humankind.
    President Donald Trump gonna help us rid our Fatherland of
    the Fulani muslim Jihadists for good.
    Down with Hausa/Fulani Islamic Hegemony!!

  2. Emmanuel Chukwuma Umeh 28th December 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Equity should be more appropriate in any attempted Bill of sorts!
    Equality is more deceptive and subtly devilish in every sense of unbiased reasoning!
    Nature does not institute and promote equality, but social equity and fairness!
    Nature more socially institutes and canvases for equity of fairness to all and sundry!
    We commonly hear people say “All fingers are not equal”!
    How them come the modern 21st century’s concept of equality, rather than social equity and fairness on gender general issues!
    In my candid submission, no one should be socially oppressed, males and females alike, which is equity and social fairness!
    Any thing outside social equity and fairness, is creation of chaos that promotes selfishness and self-centeredness, especially in 21st century modern thoughts!
    Sultan of Sokoto should rather educate NIGERIANS on why equality bill concept should not be acceptable in NIGERIA to Nigerians!
    And that should be done in a way that doesn’t suggest and promote the suppression of women social rights of equity and fairness in family matters and society at large!

  3. Emmanuel Chukwuma Umeh 28th December 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Equity should be more appropriate in any attempted Bill of sorts!
    Equality is more deceptive and subtly devilish in every sense of unbiased reasoning!
    Nature does not institute and promote equality, but social equity and fairness!
    Nature more socially institutes and canvases for equity of fairness to all and sundry!
    We commonly hear people say “All fingers are not equal”!
    How then come the modern 21st century’s concept of equality, rather than social equity and fairness on gender general issues!
    In my candid submission, no one should be socially oppressed, males and females alike, which is equity and social fairness!
    Any thing outside social equity and fairness, is creation of chaos that promotes selfishness and self-centeredness, especially in 21st century modern thoughts!
    Sultan of Sokoto should rather educate NIGERIANS on why equality bill concept should not be acceptable in NIGERIA to Nigerians!
    And that should be done in a way that doesn’t suggest and promote the suppression of women social rights of equity and fairness in family matters and society at large!
    It is true that we have cultural differences, whether religious or secular cultural differences!
    But social equity of fairness harmonizes our religious and secular differences!

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