The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, has condemned child marriage, battery and called for the abolishing of the old Islamic tradition as he said those practicing such medieval way-of-life should be punished.
He also admitted to advising his daughter, “I don’t expect my in-law to lay his hand on my daughter, but I have since urged her to retaliate any form of assault from her husband”.
The former Central Bank Governor made this address at the group of Northern Muslims Religious Leaders Forum on Primary Health care in Kano, Tuesday, (May, 24) where he called for the average bride age to be 18 and above as he spoke about the reproductive health challenges the child brides had to endure due to the tradition.
He said, “I believe the time is ripe to take a stand on this age long practice of early marriage, and coincidentally we subscribed to Malikiyya school of thought like Morocco, Malaysia and Egypt who had since pegged marriage age to 17, 19 and 18 respectively”.
Sanusi added that since Muslims in Nigeria practice the Malikiys School of thought of Morocco, Malaysia and Egypt, they should also adopt the child policies of these countries which have moved on from child-marriage, stating, “we should follow suit and peg our own marriage ages for our own good”.
He said the idea of Muslim families giving out their daughters in marriage at early ages with the husbands promise to wait till they were ripe was nothing but a deception.
According to Mr. Sanusi, “that strategy no longer worked as it had led to cases of divorce and other ugly situations.”
The emir explained that in times past, “it was convenient for the rich and the poor to have four wives or more and conceive between 30 and 40 children because the economy was not only buoyant but also because people were not relying on government for sustenance.”
Sanusi said that old way of life should also be dumped as the present economy made it extremely hard for people to feed twice a day.
He declared, “unfortunately our people do not change and somebody with virtually nothing still give birth to 20 or 30 children and this must stop”.
He further urged relevant authorities to “create a law that would punish anybody that gave birth to children and allowed them to suffer” adding that “most of those neglected children not only turned victims of social vices but also engage in terrorism.”
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