Muslims’ Sultan of Sokoto’s idea of inheritance is positive proof that ‘Nigeria’ is NOT a single country

December 29, 2016

Faith, Nigeria

For those of us who have been crying ourselves hoarse on the need to restructure Nigeria – that is: apart from the equality of each of the federating units which restructure must guarantee which is NOT the case that operates right now, restructure would assure that each of these units can chart its own course, decides its priorities whether it’s education, religion, health … ,

Alhaji Abubakar III just offered that single proof with his dismissal of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill, 2016 (GEO). 

Nigeria is definitely NOT one country and either those in power today – Retired General Buhari, to be specific & the APC, that had us all work our butts off trying to convince everybody in Yorubaland that Buhari who would be president would be different from THE Buhari, the army guy – better understand this: either they like it or not, the change that Nigeria needs to function properly and become a nation will have to come. Without it, Nigeria would one day be an idea that once existed.

Please read the essay below first published on folakemiodoaje.com, and do read the GEO Bill through the link shown. TOLA.

 

GEO Bill: What’s individual opinion got to do with it?

by folakemiodoaje

Sultan of Sokoto reminds us on his stance on Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill in regards to family inheritance and his religious beliefs. Reading through the proposed bill I can not say I see any  part of the bill that seeks to remove masculinity or religious rights from anyone.

Sultan of Sokoto believes the inheritance portion of the GEO bill violates the Islamic law that allows men to have bigger portion of family inheritance.

“Our religion is our total way of life. Therefore, we will not accept any move to change what Allah permitted us to do.” – Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Jama’atul Nasir Islam, Sa’ad Abubakar lll

Here is the section of the GEO bill that the Sultan disagrees with:

(vi) A widow shall have the right to a fair share in the inheritance of the property of her husband and shall have the right to continue to live in the matrimonial house provided that in the case of re-marriage, she shall retain this right only if the house belongs to her.

(vii) Women and men shall have the right to inherit, in equitable shares, their parents’ properties.

Interesting that Sultan of Sokoto decided to pick on inheritance issues amongst all other points that was raised. It is not that women inheriting fair share of family property will ever take away from his.

My theory is women having economic freedom they deserve is like a dagger to the throat of some people.

Predictably, many people especially women are offended by this careless utterance by the Sultan of Sokoto during his visit to the Annual Qur’anic Recitation Competition in Zamfara state. All I could fathom from what I read online was that Sultan of Sokoto believes ‘my way is the only way.’

Nigeria is a multi-faith country, I am not even sure any God will be comfortable to be the sole saviour of a country like ours, I still do not know why most of our religious leaders are twisted on this simple fact.

I say kudos to Senator Biodun Olujinmi of Ekiti State for sponsoring this bill in the first place.

Sultan of Sokoto is not my cup of tea.

It is a waste of time thinking if we throw one more abusive words to Sultan’s way, maybe he would change his mind, I doubt he will ever change his view of women around him. To him, line between religion and politics is blurred, hence he was sending a message to the senators.

In the south, we try to maintain we are a secular nation, our southern representatives have not always work in way that benefit us. On the GEO bill, what Sultan of Sokoto said is immaterial to me as I do not expect anything different.

To put Sultan’s stance in perspective, Sokoto state is said to have the highest number of kids out of school in Nigeria with girls being the highest. Last year girls between 6 and 15 had to be given cash to stay in school UNICEF

In the south most girls have secondary school education with no one handing anyone cash incentive, so why should we allow someone who is clearly oblivious to what goes on around him and of the mindset that women are inferior to men to influence important and progressive thinking of the GEO bill?

The first part of that inheritance bill about widow’s right to inheritance is very important. I have seen so many examples of this that is just too sad. The closest to me happened to my friend’s sister whose husband died in a car accident a few years ago.  Barely a week after the death, the brother of the deceased took over the man’s car spare parts store with absolutely no consultation with the widow. The family just moved into their new property that the couple built from scratch, they had three children (‘unfortunately’ they were girls). In the end my friend’s sister moved back to her parents’ house with her girls. The assumption was that the house belonged to the man, the sister was a fighter but in the end she gave up fighting for the house when she remarry, the girls now only visit their childhood home as strangers – what a world that is.

I appreciate opinionated people like the Sultan, at least we know where to pay attention, the real question here is what our elective senators in the house are thinking about this bill? It is not enough to be in the senate as bench warmers, the real impact comes when we hear voices of people who claim to represent us.

We allow our leaders to sit on the fence on important issues, maybe we need to start ‘poking’ them so they do their job. I will be watching what Osun state senators (Senator Babajide, Senator Adeyeye and Senator Adeleke) think on this bill, they are there to make sure bills meant for the best interest of Nigerians get passed into our law not to nod along.

folakemiodoaje | December 28, 2016 at 9:32 pm | Tags: gender and equal opportunities bill, geo bill | Categories: Nigeria, Politics, Women | URL: http://wp.me/p3JWsd-X1
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6 Comments on “Muslims’ Sultan of Sokoto’s idea of inheritance is positive proof that ‘Nigeria’ is NOT a single country”

  1. ADEYEMI ADETOYE Says:

    I hereby stand to condemn the Sultan’s attempt to interfere with the highest law instrument of the land. Where rules of law guides a nation, his activities will be considered and treated as treason/felony. Felony because it can trigger women to mobilize and resort to rampage and destructive tendencies like the historic “ABA RIOT”. Yes, there are more than four distinct nations in the prevailing dysfunctional Nigeria. Each, with armed standing army in waiting for the d-day!

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Yemi,

      You’ve cut through the chase and gone right to the point: the Sultan has definitely started to step out of bounds. His leadership of Muslims in the North or even the whole country does not give him any right to make the kinds of pronouncements he has been making since Buhari’s ascendancy to the presidency.

      Thanks very much. Regards,
      TOLA.

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  2. bisisowunmig Says:

    Dear Tola, Many thanks for sending this. All patriotic Nigerians must denounce the provocative statement by the sultan.

    The link you gave has hit the nail on the head. Nigeria is not an Islamic country. Consequently she cannot be governed by Islamic laws. And why should the sultan arrogantly and defiantly say that it is what the Muslims want that must prevail in Nigeria? Nigeria is a secular state. And it is about time that Muslims were made to understand that secularism does not equate with Godlessness. For the avoidance of doubt secularism means: “the view that public education and other matters of civil policy should be conducted without the introduction of a religious element.” Nigeria is not a Theocracy, i.e. “a form of government in which God or a deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, the God’s or deity’s laws being interpreted by the ecclesiastical authorities.” There are relevant sections of the Nigerian constitution, which make the State of Nigeria vis-à-vis any particular religion very clear. Any attempt to introduce religion into the governance of the country is a subversion of the Constitution!

    Let our Senators rise up to defend the Nigerian Constitution as they swore to do.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Sis.,

      Thanks very much.

      It’s getting troubling how the Sokoto Sultan meddles without standing on informed ground. Not too long ago, he claimed that the North was marginalized; another time, he said no part of the country was marginalized. These things are getting out of hand and I do not know how long the rudderless-ness must continue because the US Secretary of State made an official visit to the man and Northern Muslim governors also met Kerry. I did write about the anomaly at the time.

      These things just keep piling up!

      Fond regards,
      TOLA.

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      • folakemiodoaje Says:

        Thank you Mrs Adenle for the reference to my post.

        It is indeed getting way out of hand. Looking through what we have had to contend with over the years; now I realise how important senatorial appointments are – no senator deserves another term if they did nothing to defend our interests at the national level.

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      • emotan77 Says:

        Dear Folakemi,

        The more aware we all are, the better. As for those “lawmakers”, most do not know what they are supposed to do or understand what goes on as law-making while a very few who understand why they are there and what goes on are hamstrung by the lopsidedness on the side of mediocrity. It all boils down to the problems created by willful wrong counting at census times.

        What to do? Keep on at the inequities and outright mis-governance because something will have to give and in my opinion, if we fight enough, change will have to come or Nigeria goes under.

        Regards,
        TOLA.

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