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Equality bill: Women shouldn't share inheritance equally with men – Sultan

By The Citizen
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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu  Abubakar, on Tuesday, said women should not share inheritance equally with men.

The Sultan stated this in Gusau at the closing ceremony of the 20th Zamfara State annual Qur'anic recitation competition.

On the bill before the senate seeking equality in inheritance, the Sultan said that the bill was against Islamic religion and, therefore, unacceptable to Muslims.

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

The bill also proposes that a widow is entitled to the custody of her children unless it is contrary to the interest and welfare of the children.

The bill also seeks that a widow shall have the right to remarry any man of her choice and should 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 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 called on the senate to not consider the bill because of its religious implications.