The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, yesterday took a right step in the right direction by voicing his opposition against child marriage.
The Emir made his position known while addressing a conference of Northern Muslims Religious Leaders on Primary Healthcare in Kano, citing the reproductive health challenges associated with the age long practice as part of his reason, while also adding that the role of wives in the family is highly demanding and therefore women should be allowed to attain a certain level of maturity before marriage.
He also pointed out that since like Morocco, Malaysia and Egypt, Nigerian Muslims follow the Maliki school of thought, there is therefore, the need for them to emulate the countries who had since pegged the marriage age in their countries.
In 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 former CBN Governor also kicked against practices such as polygamy and wife battery.
On polygamy, he pointed out that, “most of those who engage in this practice do not have the necessary economic power to support himself”.
And on wife battery, he said that Islam abhors violence against women. Further making his stance known, the Emir 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”.
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