A Kaduna Sharia Court sitting at Magajin Gari on Wednesday ruled that one Ibrahim Musa was the father of a four-month-old baby girl delivered by his wife, Aisha Buhari.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Aisha had, on July 2, dragged her husband before the court following his refusal to accept paternity of the baby she delivered.
The Judge, Malam Dahiru Lawal, after listening to both parties and their witnesses, said that under Islamic law, Musa could not now deny paternity of the baby after knowledge of his wife’s pregnancy two weeks after their marriage.
“In Islam, when one suspects his wife of infidelity and is in doubt of the legitimacy of her pregnancy, he must raise alarm and inform his (own) guardian and that of his wife immediately.
“But when a man continues having marital affairs with his wife even after the knowledge of the pregnancy, without showing contempt, then it means he has accepted the pregnancy.
“That means he is the father to the child and would take full responsibility for the child,” the judge ruled.
The respondent, who was represented by a lawyer, was asked to present himself to the court on July 16.
Musa, during hearing of the case, had told the court that he denied paternity of the baby because she was given birth to five months after their marriage.
However, Aisha told the court that Musa knew of her pregnancy two weeks after their marriage and didn’t show any sign of grief on the matter until the time she gave birth.
“We continued enjoying our marriage even after the result of my pregnancy was revealed,’’ she said.