Emir Sanusi wants Nigeria to ban child brides, set marriage age to 18


The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, on Tuesday declared his opposition against child marriage saying it’s time to peg marriage age in the Nigeria.

PHOTOS: Sanusi turbaned, receives his letter of appointment as the Emir of Kano
While addressing a conference of Northern Muslims Religious Leaders Forum on Primary Health care in Kano, the former Central Bank Governor explained that the reproductive health challenges associated with such practice is enough to discouraged the age long tradition.
The emir said that Nigeria Muslims are devoted followers of Malikiyya school of thought like Morocco, Malaysia and Egypt, stressing that these brotherly countries had since pegged marriage age. In his words ”I believe 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 emir stated that the role of a woman as a housewife are numerous and highly demanding, as he further stressed the need to allowed our women to attained maturity status before marriage.
Sanusi, who frowned at cultural practices that encourages polygamy noted, “Most of those who engaged in this practice do not have the necessary economic power to support him”.
The emir, who took his audience through historical lane explained, “in the past, cities like Kano, Katsina, Aghadez, and Timbuktu hold ecomic power of the Sahel region, and this economic prospect had since shifted to coastal cities around the globe”.
Commenting on wife battery, the emir said that Islam detests assault on women as he enjoined those involved in the act to desist from such practice.
He disclosed that “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”.
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