Emir of Kano Sanusi speaks on Ban on Child Marriage



The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, on Tuesday declared his opposition on child marriage saying most of the women suffering from reproductive health challenges were products of such marriages.

While addressing a conference of Northern Muslims Religious Leaders Forum on Primary Health Care in Kano, Sanusi 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.”

The former CBN governor said it’s high time the Muslim community lived by the reality of economic recession and problems in early marriage. The emir stated that the role of a woman as a housewife are numerous and highly demanding, as he further stressed the need to allow our women attain maturity status before marriage. Sanusi called on the standard authorities to create a law that would punish anybody that gave birth to children and allowed them suffer. According to him, most neglected children turn victims of social vices and also engage in acts of terrorism.

On wife issues, Sanusi called on those involved to desist from such act, saying that Islam abhors violence against women.“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,” he said.

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