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Sanusi Says Polygamy Responsible For Poverty In The North

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The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has blamed the practice of polygamy as the major cause of poverty in the Northern region.

The former Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN governor stated thus while moderating a paper presentation session on ‘the role of universities in nation-building’ at the maiden convocation of the Federal University, Gusau, in Zamfara state, on Friday.

Sanusi Lamido
Sanusi Lamido

Sanusi, who was represented by Usman Bugaji, said unless northerners desist from marrying more wives and bearing more children than they can take care of, they will continue to live in poverty.

“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, talk less of paying for their school fees,” he said.

“The poverty level of the north is 80 per cent, while in the south, the percentage is 20 per cent, simply because of the culture of marrying many wives and producing many children who, in the end, are left on the streets to beg for what to eat.”

“The issues we have today such as drug abuse, Boko Haram, banditry and unemployment would be nothing compared to what we will be dealing within the next 20 or 30,” he said.

Polygamy is a major practice in the North vis a vis, poverty has become endemic in the North.

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