Omotosho made the assertion in his paper presentation at the 191st Inaugural Lecture of Unilorin titled: “She has a lion share under the Islamic law”.
He added that “forbidden according to the laws are sale of women, automatic inheritance of widows and any other methods outside of what is prescribed”.
Omotosho, who teaches in the Faculty of Law of the institution, stated that all these were parts of the efforts to free women from the oppression imposed upon them by those who were supposed to be their partners in life.
He traced the historical context of pre-Islmaic Arabia, where women had no rights to ownership of property, while the girl-child gets buried alive.
“Before the advent of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the Arabs abhorred having female children, they either killed them or buried them alive out of fear of poverty and the evils they believed were associated with women.
He stated that Islamic law had also forbidden all beliefs and practices that degraded women and advocated equality of women and men through enactment of rules and regulations.
The expert on Islamic Law urged the Federal Government and the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) to educate the general public on the rights of women in the society.
He recommended that a special body be set up to promote and defend the rights of women and empower them, as a first step alternative dispute resolution for women who could not afford the cost of litigation in the Shariah court.