The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has called on state governments to enact laws that would address the worsening rate of divorce and other marital challenges in the country.
The Emir, who made the call on Thursday while speaking at a conference in Abuja, said the call became necessary to enable authorities compel parents to take care of their families.
Mr Sanusi also advocated that the law should provide for a stiffer penalty to parents that allowed their children to roam the streets.
“If you cannot maintain a child, do not give birth; if you cannot maintain a wife, do not marry her; if you cannot maintain a servant, do not employ him and if you do so there should be some consequences for such action,” he said.
In his remark, the President-General, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Sa’ad Abubakar, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to give a matching order to state governors to address social problems in their states.
Mr Abubakar, who is also the Sultan of Sokoto, appealed to the stakeholders to ensure that the recommendations reached at the end of the conference were implemented to reduce the rate of divorce and other marital problems in the society.
On her part, the Chairperson of Northern Governors Wives Forum, Amina Sani Bello of Niger, emphasised the need to inculcate moral values into the family.
Mrs Bello said that the governors’ wives were working hand-in-hand with the Universal Basic Education Board at the state levels, to address girl-child education.
The conference, National Conference on Repositioning the Muslim Family for National Development, was held at the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
It was organized by the First Lady Aisha Buhari’s Future Assured in collaboration with the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA