The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday, voiced his opposition to a bill seeking to ensure men and women have equal inheritance rights.
The Sultan said that the bill, which seeks equality for male and female children in the sharing of inherited family wealth or property, is against Islamic religion and, therefore, unacceptable to Muslims.
It 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 bill also proposes that a widow is entitled to the custody of her children unless it is contrary to the interests and welfare of the children.
However, 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 not to consider the bill because of its religious implications.
The Sultan also hailed the Federal Government and Nigerian Army for the capture of Sambisa Forest from Boko Haram terrorists.
He made the commendation in Gusau at the closing ceremony of the 20th Zamfara State Annual Qur’anic Recitation Competition.