Emir of Kano Kicks Against Teenage Marriage, Polygamy, “Wife Battering”
The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, has strongly kicked against child marriage, and condemned cultural practice that encourage polygamy, saying, it’s an age long practice that needs to be reconsidered.
Addressing a conference of Northern Muslims Religious Leaders Forum on Primary Health Care in Kano, recently, the former Central Bank Governor explained that the reproductive health challenges associated with such practice was enough to discourage the age-long tradition.
Sanusi said that Nigerian Muslims were ardent followers of a (hitherto) similar school of thought of Morocco, Malaysia and Egypt, but that these countries have for long abandoned child marriage. “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, 18 and 19, respectively.”
He further condemned some cultural practices that encourage polygamy, adding that, “Some 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 held economic power of the Sahel region, and this economic prospect had since shifted to coastal cities around the globe.”
Commenting on “wife battering,” the Emir said that Islam abhors assault on women. He enjoined those involved in the act to desist from such practice, disclosing that, “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.”