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'Nigerian men have four wives because they are lazy'

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CONTROVERSIAL PEER Baroness Flather has caused outrage after claiming that Nigerian men have four wives because they are lazy.

Lady Flather make the offensive comments during a phone-in interview on polygamy yesterday (Sept 27), according to the Daily Mail.

Speaking on the BBC Radio 5 breakfast show, the 77-year-old blasted a Nigerian caller who claimed his father had four wives, but managed to live together in the same house without arguments.

"Most of the men in Nigeria don’t do anything, their wives do all the work, that’s why they have so many," she retaliated.

CONTROVERSIAL: Baroness Flather

Fellow guest, Khola Hasan, of the Islamic Sharia Council, called the former conservative MP's arguments "unfair" and suggested that if she made similar comments to the Baroness she would be called racist.

However, Flather went on, "They [Nigerians] have four wives – one to do the farming, one to look after the children, one to look after the man and one to do the housework. It is just a fact. Why should I lie?"

Last night BBC Radio 5 released a statement saying the peer’s views were "entirely her own."

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