The most respected traditional stools in Northern Nigeria includes the Sultan of Sokoto, the Shehu of Bornu, and the Emir of Kano.
These first class chiefs in the north are equally important in shaping the opinion of their subjects.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar lll, has rejected a bill seeking to ensure men and women have an equal right to inheritance.
The Sultan said the bill was against Islamic religion and, therefore, unacceptable to Muslims.
The bill seeks equality for male and female children in the sharing of inherited family wealth or property.
The Sultan disagrees with it stressing that men are superior to women and therefore do not qualify to inherit anything.
The bill also recommends that a widow is entitled to the custody of her children.
It further explains that except such custody unless is contrary to the interests and welfare of the children.
The bill also seeks that a widow shall have the right to remarry any man of her choice.
The widow should also have the right to a fair share in the inheritance of her late husband’s property.
The bill further stipulates that the widow has the right to live in her matrimonial house.
“Our religion is our total way of life. We will not accept any move to change what Allah permitted us to do.
“Islam is a peaceful religion.
“We have been living peacefully with Christians and followers of other religions in this country.
“Therefore, we should be allowed to perform our religion effectively.
“According to our religion, that bill is a misnomer. A woman cannot have an equal right to a man. It is forbidden.
The Sultan of Sokoto also called on the Senate to not consider the bill because of its religious implications.
He called on Muslims to continue to pray for peaceful coexistence in the country.