Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, the Sultan of Sokoto has kicked against a bill seeking to ensure men and women have equal right to inheritance.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Sultan speaking in Gusau at the closing ceremony of the 20th Zamfara State Annual Qur’anic Recitation Competition said that the bill was against Islamic religion and, therefore, unacceptable to Muslims. The bill seeks equality for male and female children in the sharing of inherited family wealth or property, and proposes that a widow is entitled to the custody of her children unless it is contrary to the interests and welfare of the children.
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.”