The Emir of Kano and former central bank of Nigeria Governor, Muhammad Sanusi II has disclosed that polygamy is the major cause of poverty in Northern Nigeria.
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.
Sanusi said, “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, let alone paying for their school fees. ”
The emir made the comment in Gusau where he moderated a paper titled ‘The role of universities in nation building’ presented by Dr Usman Bugaji at the maiden convocation of the Federal University, Gusau on Friday.
The poverty level of the North is 80 percent, while in the South, the percentage is 20 percent, simply because of the culture of marrying many wives and producing many children who, at the end, are left on the streets to beg for what to eat”
He noted also that divorce has played a less role in breeding criminals as divorced women find it difficult to raise the children alone.
He stressed also that, “The issues we have today such as drug abuse, Boko Haram, banditry and unemployment would be nothing compared to what we will be dealing with in the next 20 or 30. “
He lamented that some of the wives would be divorced by their husbands, living them with the children to take care of, a situation which he said was also responsible for producing hardened criminals.