Ned Nwoko has blamed southern Nigerian men for contributing to prostitution in society by shunning polygamy.
The politician, who is married to actress Regina Daniels, said this in a recent interview with The Guardian.
He said: “Many women are out there on their own without husbands, especially in the southern part of the country, and there is a high level of prostitution. What some of our girls do to make ends meet is regrettable and if our men emulate their northern counterparts by having more than one wife, that could probably change the situation.
“The average southerner may have only one wife, but many girlfriends also, and he is spending his money on the girlfriends; sometimes even more than on his wife. The man, who has three wives, for instance, concentrates on them and his children; every money he makes is spent on the family and he is more likely not to have any girlfriends or concubines. The money those with several girlfriends spend on them is a gift, not an investment in the family.”
Nwoko, who has multiple wives, added that he and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, are serving Nigeria by marrying many women.
He said: “My grandfather and the Ooni’s grandfather and the then Olowo of Owo took many photographs together. So, the Ooni and I have that kind of common background, because our grandfathers were kings and served Nigeria in that capacity. And we are now also serving Nigeria by having many wives.”
Magun wrote: This Man is clearly a half-wit! Polygamy is a choice…not a solution to eradicating prostitution. Uncle Ned…we pray that the numerous wives you have are not going out to satisfy their sexual desires since you are clearly their ATM.
King David wrote: This man na correct he-goat. How is he serving Nigeria by marrying many wives??? Money mis road…
Rmmy wrote; With all the teenagers that you are marrying or should I say (buying), but you still run the streets with many underage girls naa. Marriage will not stop the prostitution. Anytime money is being exchanged, then prostitution will continue. Most of the girls that marry you, are all prostitutes as well. You just married them to take away the shame of being left out in the cold or on the STREETS.
Bukar wrote: Many men marry ten wives and have side chicks If you really want to help society of the women, empower them. Not waiting for puberty to marry your granddaughter Stoopid old mann
Anony: Really irresponsible advise……. because you live in affluence and can maintain polygamy, you think 100 million poor people in Nigeria can afford it….you want to increase more poor generation? Do you know that majority of those prostitutes are products of poor polygamous family? You don’t know the other side of polygamy….. I know some Muslim extremists are here supporting you, like trying to force their religious belief on southerners. Mcheeww…. Stupid talk!!!!
Blessed wrote: And that is the 🐘 in the room with all the issues in the country…. serving Nigeria by marrying more wives….. ??? Where is our sense in this country? Our counterparts innovate useful equipments, devices to help certain industries… but our pple; fuckery! Sad.
Purl wrote: Exactly. Igbo people are generally against polygamy. But they run prostitution and baby-factory networks Nigeria and beyond. It’s that simple.