Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has denounced national customs that prevent women from inheriting their fathers’ wealth.
On Thursday, the governor signed three new measures enacted by the State House of Assembly into law, expressing his disgust with the culture.
The bill aimed to eradicate the practice of denying women inheritance that is common among Rivers state cultures and traditions.
Along with the Rivers Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Law No. 3 of 2022 and the Rivers Pension Reform (amendment) Law No. 4 of 2022, the governor signed the Rivers State Prohibition of the Curtailment of Women’s Right to Share in Family Property Law No. 2 of 2022 into law.
He said, “Because you’re a girl, you’re a woman, you’re not entitled to inherit what belongs to your father. It is not you who decides to have a girl or a boy. It is God. So, put yourself in their shoes today where, by God’s mercy you have three children, all girls and you struggle in life to see what you can keep for them.
“Tomorrow, one of their uncles comes, and says, my friend, girls don’t inherit their father’s property. With all your efforts in life, somebody comes to discriminate against them, why?”
Further, Wike said that since girls are the ones who care for their aging parents, they are now recognized as being more significant than sons.
He stated that the law is crucial for the state’s development and aids in ensuring that women receive their legal entitlements.
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