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Emir Sanusi and new marriage laws.

Nigeria's popular Muslim leader, Emir Sanusi II, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria has said that his emirate is working with Islamic scholars and the respected Bayero University to draft a new marriage law.

The new law would forbid forced marriages, as well as polygamous marriages in which a husband cannot support the financial well-being of his wives.

The law will also look at divorce, inheritance and the maintenance of children.

Emir Sanusi said he was confident that the law would outline the real position of Islam on marriage-related issues, including the crime of domestic violence.

The draft law is expected to be ready soon, and will be submitted to the state government in Kano for approval, the first of its kind in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria.

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Title Annotation:PEOPLE AND POWER
Publication:New African
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:6NIGR
Date:Mar 1, 2017
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