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Is the Sultan of Sokoto right to reject the gender equality bill?

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As far as I am concerned, there is no disparity between a man and a woman; I am talking from civil rights position. When you look at Africa where we come from, women have always been the factor used in the uplifting of the family. A woman grows, gets married and brings some of the wealth from her husband’s place. But none of the men will reject such wealth because it is coming from
their sister.

But, when it comes to inheritance, she will be rejected; that is hypocrisy of the highest order. When we were younger, our sisters would be in the kitchen with our mother to cook. When the food was done, our sisters would come to where we were playing football to invite us to come and take our lunch. So, why should such sisters not have a share in her father’s inheritance?
The Sultan of Sokoto should not relate the issue of inheritance to religion. Religion calls for moderation and love and we should be able to do doing things from a civilised point of view; we should stop this archaic thinking. Why would you say the inheritance from the father should be for the men alone? The woman is also a child given to the man by God. So, she deserves absolute right to her father’s property too.
To deny a woman the right of inheritance to part of her father’s property is immoral. In the critical moment of a man’s life, it is the daughter that will be around to take care of him. The Sultan of Sokoto should moderate his thinking to modern times and he should know that there should be no discrimination in the area of inheritance. •Dr. Jackson Omenazu (Human rights activist and Chancellor, International Society for Social Justice and Human Rights)

The Sultan of Sokoto is talking from a concept of theocracy; a government in which the clergy are fully in control. Nigeria is run by a President as a liberal democracy. It has, as part of its entire carriage, the principles of liberalism. Democracy itself accommodates several principles, one of which is the right to freedom from being discriminated against.
Section 42 of the 1999 Constitution has it in clear terms to the effect that no one should be made to suffer discrimination on grounds of sex, religion or circumstances of birth. And I know that the constitution of this country, which is the grand norm of the geographical entity called Nigeria, supersedes or overrides any other instrument coming from any point down the ladder. Talking about the hierarchy of laws, where falls the geographical principle the Sultan was trying to allude to? This argument by the Sultan is not particular to the North where the Sultanate ought to terminate. Talking about Nigeria as a geographical entity, it is not the Sultan’s argument that ought to guide our jurisprudential thinking; it is the constitution, the grand, fundamental norm.
So, when a theocratic principality is talking of an issue in governance where there are multiplicity of religious extractions, individual views should be treated and confined to that limitation. This is because it is coming from his views as an individual’s presumed theocratic overlord as opposed to the multiplicity of secular views of other religions.
So, the Sultan’s views are no more than the views of each of the several religions that we have in this country and should be disregarded. Despite their painstaking effort to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state, they know in fact that the Christians in this country over-populate their Muslim thinking, though they are, by way of propaganda; trying to make the scenario look as though they are predominant.
What the Sultan is saying violates Section 42 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, which allows all shades of opinions with regard to tribe, race and religion to be allowed to float.   •Mr. Osom Makbere (Human rights lawyer and activist)
The gender parity bill is sponsored by Senator Abiodun Olujimi from Ekiti State. The bill seeks to make a man and a woman the same. The bill also seeks to do a lot of terrible things, including banning the Quran and the Holy Bible, and even desecrating traditional institutions across the country. The bill seeks abolition of male only schools and female only schools and legalising of abortions and other evils.
It is quite unfortunate that in some parts of this country, women are oppressed and dehumanised. The rights of widows are denied. And I want to state categorically as an Islamic scholar that Islam rejects.....
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