Sanusi urges Nigeria to peg female marriage age at 18

Sanusi urges Nigeria to peg female marriage age at 18
May 25 11:05 2016

The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II has advocated a ban on marriage of women below 18 years, saying poverty, reproductive health challenges and divorce were the consequences of such marriages.

Speaking at a workshop organised by the Northern Islamic Forum in Kano on Tuesday, Sanusi said time had for the Muslim community to abide by  contemporary economic and health issues.

He said 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.

He added that strategy no longer worked as it had led to cases of divorce and other ugly situations.

The Emir recounted that 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.

He said 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”.

According to him, 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 Umma in Nigeria

He argued that since Nigeria Muslims also practice the Malikiys School of thought as these countries, “we should follow suit and peg our own marriage ages for our own good”.

Sanusi called on the relevant authorities to create a law that would punish anybody that gave birth to children and allowed them to suffer.

According to him, most of those neglected children not only turned victims of social vices but also engage in terrorism.