Kano - Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, has advocated a ban on marriage of women below 18 years, Premium Times reports.
Sanusi said the ban is necessary in order to prevent reproductive health challenges usually suffered by women in these marriages.
The emir spoke at a workshop organised by the Northern Islamic Forum in Kano on Tuesday.
He said time had come when the Muslim community should live by the reality of economic recession and consequences of early marriage.
He said 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.
The emir according to Naij recounted that in the past the rich and the poor married four wives and bore between 30 and 40 children because the economy was not only buoyant but also because people were not relying on government for sustenance.
He went on to add however that harsh economic realities now make it impossible for people to feed twice a day.
- News 24