The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, has sent out a petition that the Almajiri fathers who send out their children to beg for alms should, henceforth, be arrested.
Emir Sanusi made this petition at a conference which was organised by the Future Assured Initiative (FAI), a non-governmental organisation spearheaded by the First Lady of Nigeria, Hajia Aisha Buhari. The event was organised in collaboration with the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).
The emir announced that no law in the land provides that a man should marry, have children, and subsequently abandon them without living up to their responsibility for them.
He stressed that any man who is too poor to take care of his family should go out and beg by himself, and not send his children.
“Every day, wives are complaining about their husbands who claim their rights but abandon their responsibilities of marriage, women being divorced with their husbands not taking care of the children and those children ending up on the streets, drugs, political thuggery, violent extremism,
“No law that talks about consent in marriage, the rights of wives and husbands, domestic violence, rights of women divorced , the responsibilities of husbands under divorce situations, if a child is found on the streets, is the father that is responsible and can the state hold him accountable?
“Do you just marry and have children without any responsibilities? The reason Allah send His Prophets is that there should be justice in this world – ustice in our relationship with our maker and in our relationship with our fellow human beings.
“Justice means that everyone is given his rights. If a man takes the privilege of being the head of the family, he takes the responsibilities of being the provider of the family. You cannot take that privilege and a band the responsibilities.
“Is it a fact that a father has the right to force his daughter into a loveless marriage? that you have the rights to batter you wife? You have the right to have children and push them to the streets to beg? That when you divorce your wife, you ask her and her children to pack and go back to her father’s house and that is the end?”