The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa has threatened legal action against anyone disparaging him or his family in the media.
The Kano-born lawmaker while reacting to the public outrage, more especially by a newspaper columnist, that trailed his the appearance of his four wives and his disclosure of having 27 children during his swearing in said he is disappointed by the negative reaction it generated.
“I’m not only disappointed, I’m disenchanted by the kind of reactions I received especially on social media on the day of my swearing in, simply because I brought my four wives with me to the floor of the House of Representatives. And I told the House that these people, these women are here to respect the institution of the House of Representatives” the lawmaker said.
“I’m allowed by my religion to marry four wives, I’m allowed by my religion to marry and generate, to produce and reproduce. Every proud Muslim places prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as his role model in actions and in thoughts. So as a proud Muslim, marrying four wives is in all ramifications imbibing the practice of Muhammad (peace be upon him).
“Let me even tell you, Muhammad (peace be upon him), in one of his authentic Hadith’s, (prophetic sayings) and one of the pronouncements that I know, once said and I quote: ‘O you who believe, believers in Allah, and those who believe in me’, says the prophet, ‘marry and generate. Go and marry and generate’, which means you can marry as many as the law permits.
“And the next commandment is that: ‘Go marry and generate, because I will be proud of your number on the day of judgement’. This is a challenge. A challenge for everyone, irrespective of his position, as long as he calls himself a Muslim,” he said.
On the article by the columnist, Jamilah Abubakar condemning his action, Doguwa said, “The writer, presumably a Muslim, wrote a column attacking my personality; attacking my family. What I did on the floor of the House, for me, was an act of pride. For my four wives, it was an act of pride, and all of them went home very happy.
“It’s because I have control over them. I’m not a soldier, I’m a democrat, and for me to bring together my four wives to the floor of the House and they all played along with me in peace, that goes to confirm to you that I’m a reliable husband. I’m a just husband.”
“So I want to say with all sense of sincerity and seriousness that as long as I’m a free Nigerian, if anybody dares to write about me in this kind of a ridiculous manner, either about my family or my person, I’m telling you I’ll take it up. I must take it up, I’ll not take this lightly, and I want you to take this public” he added.