According to Muhammad Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, polygamy is the major cause of poverty in northern Nigeria.
The Emir said this when he hosted a lecture session on “The Role of Universities in Nation Building” at the maiden convocation of the Federal University, Gusau, in Zamfara state, on Friday, January 24.
Represented by one of his aides, Usman Bugaji, the monarch said the culture of polygamy is what makes the north a major area of poverty in the country, unlike in the south where the poverty level has reduced.
There are people who cannot afford to feed one wife but are ready to marry three wives and have more children than they can feed, talk less of paying for their school fees.
The poverty rate in the north is 80 percent, while in the south is 20 percent. This is only because of the culture of marrying many women and giving birth to many children who live on the streets begging for what to eat. ” he said