No fewer than 1,520 couples were joined in matrimony across 44 local government areas of Kano on Sunday, in a state-sponsored mass wedding.
Kano instituted mass wedding in 2011 with full sponsorship that guarantees payment of dowry and free room furniture to affected couples.
Kano state Governor, Dr Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, who attended the decentralized mass wedding at Kano Central Mosque where 40 were joined in wedlock, paid N20,000 dowry for each of the 1,520 couples.
The wedding that was solemnized by the Chief Imam of Kano Central Mosque, Professor Sani Zaharadeen, was witnessed by the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II and thousands of Muslim faithful.
Speaking during the ceremony, the Commandant, Kano Hisbah Board, Alhaji Aminu Daurawa, revealed that the successful couples were certified ‘fit for the exercise’ after they were subjected to series of tests.
Sheikh Aminu Daurawa disclosed that each couple was exposed to HIV test by his board, evidence of economic and financial well-being of the grooms was certified, and clearance from the Ward Head that vouched for their ‘impeccable characters.’
Sheikh Daurawa declared that, under the conditions that qualifies grooms to participate in the mass wedding was a clause that guarantees “for better, for worse.” He explained that “Hisbah Board does not condone divorce under this arrangement; and would seek redress in court, in the event of violation. You are simply married till death do you part,” he affirmed.