Ned Nwoko, a former member of the House of Representatives, has advised men from the South East to marry more wives.
He said this in an interview with BBC Igbo.
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Nwoko, who has Nollywood actress, Regina Daniel, as one of his wives, said the Igbo people are fewer in population because the men do not marry many wives. He compared them with Northerners, who he said marry as many as four wives.
Nwoko said the Southerners who do not marry many wives because Christianity does not permit it have many girlfriends even while married.
“You see the average Northerner marrying two, three, four women, they are helping the society because it is the economic downturn that has affected so many women who you see doing prostitution and all that. But the fallacy of it all is that Christianity does not allow that in the South and yet, the average Southern man has 10 girlfriends.
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“I love my culture as I know it, not as they are trying to dilute it. Igbo culture is wonderful and should be promoted the way it has always been. But even looking at that, look at your population in Nigeria and what I will call economy of marriage, as an Igbo man with one wife, four children, a Northerner has four wives with five children each, in the next 10 years, 20 years, imagine the population of the Northerner.
“With you, an Igbo person, the population will be like one to five because of this disparity. The gap is getting bigger and Igbos will never catch up because of this self-imposed restriction,” he said. Nwoko also revealed that he may have more wives, adding that he loves children and would love to have more.