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Senate Votes Against Polygamy

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The Senate on Tuesday kicked against the prayer by the Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume, to‎ Nigerian men to marry more than one wife so as to show care to them.

Ndume made the request while making additional prayers to the motion on World Women’s Day.‎

Contributing to the debate on a motion to mark the International Women’s Day presented by Oluremi Tinubu, a senator from Lagos State, Ndume emphasised that the “first care” of woman was marriage, adding: “I urge men to marry more than one wife.

“The first care of a woman is marriage.

“Men should take care of women by not just befriending them, but by going further to marry them.

“I know there is no where in the Bible that prohibits marrying more than one wife.

“Starting with the Senate president, I ask him to consider marrying more than one wife.”

Ndume, thereafter, made a formal request to the Senate to declare that Nigerian men should marry more than one wife.

“As a sign of respect for women, let’s urge men to marry more than one wife,” he said.

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His prayer was seconded by Suleiman Nazif, a senator from Bauchi State.

But it did not sail through as the “nays” had it.

Earlier, presenting her motion, Tinubu said: “We represent courage and resilience.

“Without us, I don’t think this country will move forward.”

Also speaking in supporting of the motion, Binta Masi Garba, a senator from Adamawa State, took a shot at Ndume and said: “We are not sex objects.

“Bible is in support of one man, one woman.

“We want gender parity.

“Where women and men can work side by side.”

The Senate urged Federal Government to intensify effort toward the rescue of the Chibok girls and provide security around schools against the kidnap of school children.

This was just as the senators recalled the good moments of the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi.

The Senate equally called for gender equality, more funding of micro-economic activities among women and increased funding of Ministry of Women Affairs.‎

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