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Group demands justice over Bilyamin’s death


• Counsels womenfolk on how to handle delicate domestic issues

A non-governmental organisation, Attitude and Character Change Initiative (ACCHI), Nigeria, has urged Federal Government to discharge justice in the case of Bilyamin Muhammed Bello, who was allegedly killed by his wife, Maryam Sanda.

In a statement, the founder of ACCHI, Mrs. Saada Baba Mohammed described Maryam’s action as un-Islamic, noting that the idea of killing her spouse was not part of the culture of the Northern people.According to ACCHI founder, the wife could have averted the incident that led to her husband death. .

“You do not make life, so, you cannot take it. Life is sacred.”She said that one of the ways to address such matter was for Maryam to have consulted their parents or guardians about their disagreement.


“There was nothing wrong whatsoever in briefing his (Bilyamin) parents or to take a decision to either stay or opt out of the marriage.

“Another thing she could have done was to sit her husband down and counsel him and probably, give him her terms and conditions to decide if he wanted his first wife to return to his home. That was logical and rational enough for a woman.

On the option of divorce regarding the situation, she said, “It is acceptable if there are tangible reasons for divorce. Don’t be shameful to seek divorce. Divorce is permitted and legal in Islam just as marriage is allowed.”

On allegations of infidelity, she said Maryam could have presented valid proofs to Bilyamin’s parents and her (Maryam) parents, too. “There are women, who have caught their husbands in the act and still keep the marriage. Islam has adequate provisions for addressing matters of this nature. Killing is not near the solution at all,” Mrs. Mohammed said.

She advised women to be prepared for the time when men would be ‘outrageously’ outnumbered by women. “We are very close to that time now.” She said it is not a misnomer for a man to marry two wives especially in the North. It’s permitted in Islam, but the religion has also prescribed how to ask for justice.

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