Once again, the Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido is speaking out on child
marriage, saying it is wrong as the consequences are severe. The Emir
made this known via his official page. His words:
Women [who] are suffering from reproductive health challenges were
products of such marriages. Time had come when the Muslim community
should live by 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, that 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.