Northern Nigeria and Birth Control Policy
EEarlier this week, President Muhammadu Buhari said his government would soon introduce a law that would regulate the new birth control policy. This law is intended to curb the impending population explosion.
What comes to mind is that in northern Nigeria, where the Hausa people mistake the gift of children as the fruit of sexual pleasure rather than ideals of mindful responsibility, how will they view this choice?
As we all know, the correlation between rich and poor can never be a bridge. Therefore, no one can boldly say that the poorest in the city should bear the same number of children as the richest in their city could bear. Because birth is about responsibility, which is missing in the north.
This is easy to understand if you only look at the everyday marriage cases, where a case of gross negligence is presented in every nook and cranny.
What is the meaning of an uneducated, poor and unhealthy population? (Apologies to the 14th Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sunusi ll)
I hope this birth control law will overtake marriage so that those unable to handle and satisfy more than one wife would not take an additional wife.
We hope that through this law we can one day eradicate the life-threatening disasters of poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease transmission in Nigeria. Uncontrolled births are indeed a threat to peace and national security.
Ali Tijjani Hassan writes from Potiskum, Yobe State