The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, has said that the Kano Emirate Council and the government of Kano state are working towards passing a law to stop early marriage in Northern Nigeria, describing it as “shameful.”
Sanusi disclosed this at his investiture ceremony as the Grand Patron for Women and Children Healthcare by the United Nation’s Population Fund in Kano.
The Emir stated that many young girls have lost their lives through child birth as victims of the practice of early marriage, calling on Imams in the north to address this issue immediately, as child marriage is more prominent in the north.
“Women are married in Northern Nigeria at a tender age, thereby leading her to lose her life, the child, and the indices are there for each state.
“Some people attributed the death and challenges to God, but we know that God does not dislike us. Why is it that the indices are worst in the north?
“I call on our Imams to address this. It is a shame that the UN had to come and tell us how to look after our children. We are the ones to do it, and we should not wait for the UN,” he said.