– Ali Ndume, the senate leader urges Nigerian men to take more than one wife

– The Senate marks International Women’s Day

– The Senate stands down the prayer for Nigerian men to take more than one wife

The Senate on Tuesday, March 8 prevents Nigerian men from taking more than one wife in the country. This decision was taken after Ali Ndume, the Senate leader raised it on the floor of the Senate as a prayer while responding to the motion marking International Women’s day.

“As a sign of respect and love for the women, urge all men unless the religion prohibits to marry more than one wife,” he said. Although his prayer was stood down, he was seconded by Sulaiman Nazif representing Bauchi north senatorial district.

The motion was sponsored by Remi Tinubu representing Lagos central senatorial district. In a four prayer motion, the Senate felicitated with Nigerian women on this years International Women’s day celebration. The Senate urged federal government to use all its powers to bring back the Chibok girls and all abducted girs and re-unite them with their parents

It also urged the government to put adequate security in our school for safety of our students especially the girl child in all boarding schools It also remunerated micro economic policies to encourage women participation in politics and engage policies to promote gender equality stressed on the need of women and nation building.

However, Binta Masi Garba, a senator from Adamawa state, took a shot at Ndume while making her contribution saying “We are not sex objects. Bible is in support of one man one woman. We want gender equality where women can work side by side.

“We have gone to school in the same class and there was no discrimination but when it comes to governance, women are being deprived in working in accordance with what we have learnt in school.

“It is a celebration of women. Take a day today to celebrate you wives and your daughters,” she said. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the Senate President while making his contribution said that the Senate must continue to celebrate the women for the roles they play. He also said that things have evolved in the world the lawmakers and citizens must take cognisance of this change.

“We must play our role on the issue of abduction of girls. We must not give up on the girl child marriage is also a burning issue that we play our role to and violence. Also governance, we need to increase women participation in governance,” he said.