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Muhammadu Sanusi II,  Emir of Kano speaks against child marriage in the
Muslim community and encourage the right powers to esterblish a law that
would punish anyone that gave birth to children and allowed them to
suffer. Read it 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 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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