- Former Niger state governor Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu says men should also be in the kitchen according to the Holy Quaran
- The ex-governor said that by Islamic tenets men are to go to market and shop for women
- Aliyu says the women should only be in the inner room
Former Niger state governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has said that men also have a role to play in the kitchen, according to the Holy Quaran.
Speaking in Minna over the weekend at the annual NDEDI Lecture Series organized by the Newgate College of Technology in Niger state, Aliyu said that though the place of the woman could be in the kitchen but the “men also belong to the kitchen."
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Aliyu was obviously reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment on his wife in October which triggered a lot of reactions.
The former governor said that by Islamic tenets men are to go to market and shop for women.
He posited by citing some sections of the Islamic injunctions saying: “It is actually the man that should be in the kitchen as provided for in the Holy Quran.
“The women should only be in the inner room.”
He explained that the men should provide all the needs of the women like making purchases from the market for the use of the family because ‘‘Islam does not permit women to go out indiscriminately they are to be in the house taking care of the children.”
Aliyu also stated that with the current economic recession, the husband and the wife should support each other for the good of the family and the society.
Hence, he noted that the era of taking many wives is over because those who hide under the religion to do so were ignorant of the provisions.
He said: “What the law says is that if you can be faithful and fair to two wives you are allowed to take more than one wife, I don’t see how a man can be faithful and fair to more than one wife.
“We cannot afford to continue with this type of life unless we want to continue like our grand fathers, marriage is not compulsory. Plan your lives so that you don’t get frustrated along the line.”
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Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had been heavily criticized for saying his wife, Aisha, belongs in his kitchen, living room and other room, in response to the first lady’s public criticism of the president’s appointments on Friday, October 14.
In an interview with BBC, Aisha Buhari said the president had abandoned those who worked to bring him to power, and suggested the government had been hijacked by a few individuals who now wield sweeping powers.
She said: “He is yet to tell me if he’ll seek re-election— but I have decided as his wife, that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before. I will never do it again.”
But in a swift response during a joint press conference with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in Berlin, Buhari said his wife should be taking care of his kitchen, living room and the “other room” —meaning his bedroom.
He said: “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen and my living room and the other room."