Nigerians have criticized the Emir of Kano, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi for marrying his fourth wife, a 17-year-old lovely Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa.
News has emerged today that Emir of Kano is set to marry daughter of the Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu in line with Islamic injunction which prescribes a maximum of four wives for those who can treat all of them equally.
Nigerians Immediately reacted to the information. But mostly they condemned emir because of the age of the bride.
"How could a 53 year-old educated man shamelessly "marry" a 17-year old child in this 21st century? To hide this filth in the religion of Islam makes it even more noxious. Does Sanusi not have a child that young or even older?", questioned a lawyer, Mr Adiele.
Another observer wrote: "the thing with our Muslims in Northern Nigeria is that they want to be more Muslim than the Arabs. Sanusi is supposed to be a former Kings College student who went on to be the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. One would have thought his forays into rounded and secular societies would have broadened his scope a bit."
"Shame on Muslims for exhibiting this regressive static culture. It is not imperative for every aspect of the Koran to be truly interpreted. I don't care what anybody says, a 17 year old is not fully formed, mentally, physically and spiritually.
"Shame on Lamido Sanusi, for marrying a girl who isn't even eligible to vote in the coming elections."
Some other residents said we need to respect the religion of other people:
“That’s The Emir's Religion and belief. Pls lets learn to respect one another's religion and belief. The change we seek for lies within Us”
“Some people here are just an unrepentant hypocrite, most of you who are condemning this Emir sleep around with 15 years old girls at every corner and you never married them, this man is getting married to a 17-yr-old and not sleeping or doing any adultery things with her. You should all learn to respect people religion and custom right which is applicable to each region stop this unnecessary hatred.”
Some Northern Muslims have risen in defense of Sanusi's marriage by confirming the wedding but rfusing that the age of the bride is not 17.
Furthermore, they discuss that such weddings (between members of key royal familes) is quite shared and they are merely meant to solidify relations between royal kingdom.
But according to Ezeana Igirigi Achusim, the girl could be 15 for all we know. "This wife will die an illiterate. Or will Emir allow her to attend college and interact with kids her age before he makes a mother out of her? At 17, does she have her WAEC certificate? Ten years from now the palace will tell us the army has her certificates."
In his first interview as Emir of Kano Sanusi while speaking about child marriage said that the situation when girls are being taken from schools and married off “is not consistent with the teachings of the religion.”
“Or the high rates of divorce and, basically, a lack of concern for the rights of women.”