About a week after Senator Dino Melaye enjoined his colleagues to marry “made-in-Nigeria women”, the Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, on Tuesday also called on Nigerian men to “show care to women” by marrying more than one wife.
He specifically called on Senate President Bukola Saraki to take a second wife.
The Senate president, though a Muslim from Nigeria’s north-central state of Kwara, has been married to one wife, Toyin, for many years.
Ndume gave his advice while contributing to the debate on the motion to mark International Women’s Day moved by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Women Affairs, Oluremi Tinubu.
In the motion, Mrs. Tinubu paid tribute to women, saying, “We represent courage and resilience (and) without us I don’t think this country will move forward”.
The Senate leader in his contribution, asked men to marry more wives as a way of taking care of them.
“I urge men to marry more than one wife”, he said. “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 nowhere 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”, he said.
Mr. 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.
In his own contribution, Suleiman Nazif, representing Bauchi North Senatorial District, backed the Senate leader.
However, the request failed as Mr. Saraki ruled that “the nays have it!”
Responding to Mr. Ndume, a female senator, Binta Garba made a counter remark.
“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”, Ms. Garba said.