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Emir Of Kano Moves To Tackle Marriage-Related Problems

BBC: Nigeria’s popular and powerful Muslim leader, Emir Sanusi II, has said his emirate is working with Islamic scholars and the respected Bayero University to draft a new law to address marriage-related problems among Muslims in the north.

This will include a ban on forced marriages, and polygamous marriages in which a husband cannot see to the financial well-being of his wives.

The law will also look at divorce, inheritance and the maintenance of children.

In a speech, the emir said he was confident that the law would outline the real position of Islam on marriage-related related issues, including the criminality of domestic violence.

The emir added that the law would state the conditions under which a man would be able to take a second wife.

The draft law is expected be ready soon, and will be submitted to the state government in Kano for approval.

It will be the first of its kind in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria.

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