Ex-governor of Niger State, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has said that although it is widely held that the place of the woman was in the kitchen, “men also belong there.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had, recently in Germany, declared that women belonged to the kitchen and the inner room in reply to his wife’s protest that some unknown politicians had taken over the administration from her husband.

Aliyu, who spoke in Minna, Niger State capital, at the annual lecture series organised by Newgate College of Technology, said: “Looking at the issue critically, and in Islamic terms, it is actually the man that should be in the kitchen as provided for in the Holy Quran.

“The woman should only be in the ‘inner room,’ while the men should provide all the needs of the woman, including making purchases from the market for the use of the family. “Islam does not permit women to go out indiscriminately, as they are supposed to be in the house taking care of the children.”

Dr. Aliyu, however, said that no matter the situation, especially during recession period, both husband and wife were supposed to work hand-in-hand by supporting each other for the good of the family and society. He also faulted men who took many wives under the guise of religion, saying “the era of men taking many wives has gone.

“Those that have married more than one wife and claimed that the scriptures allow it are doing so ignorantly and out of the tenets of Islam. “What the law says is that if you can be faithful and fair to two wives, you are allowed to take more than one wife. But I don’t see how a man can be faithful and fair to more than one wife at a time.”

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