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The Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido, his speaking out
once again on child marriage saying it is wrong as
the consequences are severe. The Emir made this
known on his official instagram page
sanusilamidosanusi this morning. Long live the
king. His unedited words below...
(Marriage of women below 18 years)
Women are suffering from reproductive health
challenges were products of such marriages. Time
had come when the Muslim community should live
by the reality of economic recession and
consequences of early marriage. The era when
people gave out their daughters in marriage at
early ages and asked the husbands to wait till they
were ripe was nothing but a deception. According
to me, strategy no longer worked as it had led to
cases of divorce and other ugly situations.
In the past the rich and the poor married four
wives and bore between 30 and 40 children
because the economy was not only buoyant but
also because people were not relying on
government for sustenance.
Though the harsh economic realities now make it
impossible for people to feed twice a day these
days. “Unfortunately our people do not change and
somebody with virtually nothing still give birth to 20
or 30 children and this must stop”.
There was a need to peg the marriage age now
because of the challenges early marriage was
posing. The marriage age in Egypt at present was
18 while that of Malaysia and Morocco were 19
and 17 respectively, asking "Why not we here
urgently call for pegging of marriage ages within
Muslim Ummah in Nigeria?" Nigerian Muslims also
practice the Malikiyas School of thought as these
countries.
“We should follow suit and peg our own marriage
ages for our own good”. I urge the relevant
authorities to create a law that would punish
anybody that gave birth to children and allowed
them to suffer. Most of those neglected children
not only turned victims of social vices but also
engage in terrorism. - Muhammadu Sanusi II.

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