The Nigerian Senate has rejected a bill designed to grant women the same marital rights as their husbands. The bill was being read a second time when it was rejected.
During its plenary session earlier today, the Nigerian Senate rejected a bill titled “A Bill Seeking Gender Parity and Prohibition of Violence against Women” presented by Abiodun Olujimi, a senator from Ekiti state, which is designed to grant women the same marital rights as their husbands.
While explaining the content of her bill, Olujimi, who is the deputy minority whip of the Senate, said that it seeks equal rights for women in marriage, education and job. In her bill, she said that a widow would automatically become the custodian of children in the event of the death of her husband, and would also inherit his property.
Speaking in support of the bill, Ike Ekeremadu, deputy senate president, stated that countries develop where women are given equal opportunities. “Only last night, I was going through a document prepared by George Bush of America. Those countries that are doing well are those who give women opportunities.
“Where I come from, women don’t eat egg and are restricted from touching the non-essential parts of animal. But now that has changed.
“What is needed is time and education, not necessarily legislation. We will continue to encourage our women. I support this bill.”