- Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, a Nigerian lawmaker, recently introduced his four wives to his colleagues and added that he has 27 children
- The lawmaker faced a backlash from Nigerians on social media who not only frowned at the number of children he but also the manner in which he presented his wives
- Ado-Doguwa has, however, reacted explaining that he is a Muslim and his religion permits him to marry up to four wives
Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, the majority leader of the House of Representatives has shed more light on his recent decision to introduce his four wives at the plenary which has generated heated backlash from Nigerians on social media.
The lawmaker had introduced his four wives to his colleagues and said he has 27 children during his swearing-in after winning his re-rerun about few weeks ago.
Many Nigerians, however, criticised the action of the Kano lawmaker, frowning at the number of children he has and the manner in which he presented his wives.
In his reaction to the backlash, Ado-Doguwa explained that he is a Muslim and the Islamic faith permits him to marry four wives and procreate, The Sun reports.
The Kano lawmaker noted that his own father who died at the age of 86 had 40 children, including a four-year-old.
He added that the practice of polygamy and having many children is in conformity with the tradition of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) whom every Muslim is expected to emulate.
“I am allowed by my religion to marry four wives; I’m allowed by my religion to marry and generate, to produce and reproduce. Let me even tell you, Muhammad (peace be upon him), in one of his authentic Hadith’s, (prophetic sayings) and one of the pronouncements that I know, once said and I quote: ‘O you who believe, believers in Allah, and those who believe in me’, says the prophet, ‘marry and generate. Go and marry and generate’, which means you can marry as many as the law permits," he said.
Ado-Doguwa added that the prophet also instructed the Muslim faithful: "Go marry and generate, because I will be proud of your number on the day of judgement."
Meanwhile, polygamy has been described as the major cause of poverty and hardship in the northern part of Nigeria.
This view was aired by Muhammad Sanusi II, the emir of Kano, who on Friday, January 24, delivered a lecture through a representative at the convocation of the Federal University, Gusau, in Zamfara state.
Sanusi said that poverty, unlike in the south, will continue in the north until indigenes in the region do away with the tradition of picking more than one wife at will.
The emir is also, however, a polygamist as he received his fourth wife, Sa’adatu Barkindo Mustapha, in 2019, four years after the wedding ceremony was conducted.
Sa’adatu was brought to the emir’s palace on Saturday, August 3, and the traditional Budar Kai ceremony took place on Sunday, August 4.
The bride has just finished from a university in the United Kingdom where she went for study immediately after she was married to Sanusi.
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