ÎThe Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, on Tuesday, voiced his opposition against child marriage, saying it’s time to peg marriage age in Nigeria. 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 discourage the age-long tradition. Sanusi II said that Nigeria Muslims are ardent followers of Maliki school of thought like Morocco, Malaysia and Egypt, stressing that these countries had since pegged marriage age.
His words: ” 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 emir stated that the role of a woman as a housewife are numerous and highly demanding, as he further stressed the need to allow women to attained maturity status before marriage. Sanusi II who frowned at cultural practices that encourages polygamy noted that “most of those who engage in this practice do not have the necessary economic power to support themselves”.
The emir, who took his audience through historical lane, explained that “in the past, cities like Kano, Katsina, Aghadez, and Timbuktu hold economic 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 abhors assault on women and he enjoined those involved in the act to desist from such practice. Sanusi II said: “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”.