The Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II has appealed to Muslim parents in the north to discontinue the practice of marrying off their daughters before they reached puberty.
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Sanusi’s appeal was contained in a post on his Instagram page in which he called for the pegging of marriage age.
“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,” he stated.
Attributing increased divorce rate and neglected children to early marriage, the Emir of Kano said with the current economic situation the practice is not realistic.
His word, “Time had come when the Muslim community in Nigeria should live by the reality of economic recession and consequences of early marriage.
‘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?”
Child marriage is a formal marriage or informal union before age 18.