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Emir of Kano Sanusi marries 18-Year Old Princess as Fourth Wife

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Emir-of-Kano-Sanusi-FamilyThe rumours of their wedding have been in circulation for months and now Emir of Kano – Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has married Sa’adatu Barkindo-Musdafa, the daughter of the Lamido of Adamawa, Muhammadu Barkindo-Musdafa as his fourth wife.

Sa’adatu who recently turned 18 is said to be a secondary school graduate and will be continuing her university education after her wedding.

The new bride joins the 54 year old Emir’s senior wives Sadiya (daughter of the late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero), Maryam and Rakiya. According to Premium Times who broke the story, “the secret wedding was contracted in a low-key ceremony in the town of Yola on Friday.”

Photo Credit: Maigaskiya Photography

187 Comments

  1. Connie

    September 27, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Tufiaqua!!!!. 54 year old married and 18 year old. God forbid.

    • nnenne

      September 27, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Tufiakwa… that’s an Igbo phrase. Let’s preserve the language.

    • MyCupOfTea

      September 27, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      Muslim men treating women like toys…. Openly telling the other 3 “ure no good to me”.

      If you disagree with me yea, why can’t the ladies go for other men??? Why must men be treated differently???

      So wait oo what are they “3 older wives” meant to do when they feel like??

      First wife, sorry oo

      But why???

    • Manny

      September 28, 2015 at 2:45 am

      “Muslim men treating women like toys”. Abegi. All the old men in the south carrying their daughter’s agemates up and down, “uselessing” them anyhow – are they all muslims? Men treating women like toys is a worldwide thing. Those playboy girls, are they not toys? Albeit well-paid ones.

    • Caligula

      September 27, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      LETS BE HONEST NOW – in this day & age, most 18yr olds are sexually active so it’s a good thing she’s marrying him (I bet your top dollars she’s still a virgin, which is a thing of honor especially in the North). He’s an able man, he’s well spoken & so sexy. She better work and give him that young nookie!

    • Mayowa

      September 27, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Just because 18 year olds in this day and age are allegedly sexually active, doesn’t make his decision to marry a minor right/appropriate. I find it more repelling as he has kids in her age-group. Some of you need to be coherent when making comments.
      By the way, I’m pretty sure he’ll never allow any of his daughters marry someone who’s that much older than them. This is utter disgusting and I’m immensely disappointed as SLS is an educated and well-travelled individual.

    • Mayowa

      September 27, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      Utterly*

    • Manny

      September 28, 2015 at 2:38 am

      Mayowa, how is she a minor? She’s 18 and so far she consented (which I’m pretty sure she did), she should carry go. I think a lot of people are viewing this issue through a very narrow prism.

    • Mayowa

      September 28, 2015 at 11:17 am

      I also think you’re narrow and shallow minded.

    • tofuNation

      September 28, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Oh but she isn’t a minor Mayowa. In Nigeria an 18 year old is an adult. She has the right to consent or refuse. The right to run away. She knew what she did.
      Fight for the little girls who are forced into marriages like these, not grown women who choose such fates for themselves.

    • Me

      September 27, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      All these una unnecessary arguments, Hausa chicks like them old and rich. The girl is probably very happy feeling like the luckiest girl n the world, I don’t support it but that’s our reality. Small small Hausa girls doing juju to marry rich old man… Sigh

      #AHausaChickInToronto

    • Seriously

      September 27, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      I’m apalled, sanusi, a well educated, exposed man is controlled by such barbaric beliefs. I always believe the only ones still following such are less exposed. These young northern girls live to marry an old man who will give them some little money buy them things. And have an extravagant wedding, that’s their goal on life.

    • dharmmy

      September 27, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      Is he blind?

    • ao

      September 29, 2015 at 1:46 am

      Forget tufiakwa. This is disturbing.

    • just numb

      September 29, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      I know she’s not a minor but something just feels off. I mean! Sanusi is an educated highly cerebral man so wetin e dey find for 18 year old girl body? Doesn’t it feel wrong?!?!?!?!!

  2. Trudy

    September 27, 2015 at 10:48 am

    **pukes*** marrying ur children’s age mate. Dnt worry. They’lol play together in de garden

  3. Cookie Lush

    September 27, 2015 at 10:56 am

    U see , the thing most tiring in this their religion is the fact that no matter how educated or exposed their followers claim to be, they’re still tied to their barbaric beliefs. I don’t know why the lust for children is so common and very welcome among them. The rumors have been going on silently before now, but I guess they had to wait till she was 18. This set of believers have the highest number of paedophiles in this world, and they see nothing wrong in it, as long as their lust is satisfied.
    They will call it “legal rape” abi. Parents trade their children for affiliations, and the children have no say whatsoever. No wonder they have a large number of Alhajias in that part of the country including Abuja always looking for young boys to satisfy them cos their men are either too weak when the women are matured enough, or their eyes open as to why they should have a choice for their sexual preferences.
    Na wa!

    • Midun

      September 27, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Lol if i were like you, i would start this by saying ‘the thing about christians is that they think so much of themselves and so little of others, especially muslims…’

      Islam permits men to marry up to 4 wives, Quran 4:3 , on the condition that he treat them equally. Personally i think that the allowance to marry 4 wives was to stop men from fornicating but the condition was to prevent them from desiring other women knowing fully well that it is almost impossible to treat 4 women exactly the same. The quran further supports this in 4:129.

      I’m surprised that the Emir reportedly married a 4th wife that is 18. I would have thought that his exposure would have made it uncomfortable for him to do so. But his life really. The parents of the girl willingly gave her out and this isn’t a situation of poor girl given to rich man, it seems. Furthermore, from the faces i see in the photo, some of his daughters are at least his new wife’s age. But to each his own. He is living his life.

      One man does not represent a religion, please remember that in your speech and thoughts.

    • Nne

      September 27, 2015 at 11:56 am

      He is definitely living his life but what about the poor girl?

    • Nne

      September 27, 2015 at 11:58 am

      He is definitely living his life but what about the poor girl? He could have gone for someone much older maybe 25-30 at least by then they would have seen life and make informed decisions…..Chances are the girl had no say in this marriage contract

    • CONGLOMERATE

      September 27, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      Most christians are HYPOCRITES!! Crazy set of people. You southerners are always yapping rubbish about other people’s way of life. Kanu Married Amarachi when she was 18!, Omotola married at same age… None of you ever complain. GTFOH with your moral lectures.

    • Tammy

      September 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Shut up midun

    • Say what?

      September 27, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      One man does not represent a religion, but how many men does? Because this is something we have seen over and over and over, and almost always in Islamic settings and it is disheartening. I think it is time Muslims tell themselves the truth, defensiveness does not ever bring about positive change. It is like this issue of violence and terrorism, anytime it is raised in connection with your religion, many of you play the martyr and victim yet how many non-Muslim terrorists have you known?

      I have nothing against Islam, Christianity is not even fantastic, but i think your religion needs REFORMATION. it is time you asked yourself what is it about us that makes us have little value for human life and no regard for women? Islam is not bad, but there appears to be something inherently wrong, either in its message or in the way it is thought.

    • Seriously

      September 27, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      @congolomerate

      . First of all, all the examples you gave are irrelevant bcos it’s two different stories. When omotola married at 18, was her husband 54 or had other wives? Same for Amarachi. No. So, next time think with your brain.
      And if a “Christian” man married 18 yr old girl, and the man is her dad’s age. The critics will be the same maybe even worse bcos Christians get the most backlash.

    • Tiki

      September 28, 2015 at 8:56 am

      ‘The parents of the girl willingly gave her out’? How about ‘the girl willingly agreed to marry him knowing fully well what she was getting herself into’?

      These kind of stories disgust me. And like @CookieLush said, most Muslims I know are very educated, but wholeheartedly believe it is their DUTY to marry as many wives as possible, etc.

    • Nahum

      September 27, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Don’t be hateful in your speech, especially when you are very aware that Christians do the same thing. At least she is 18. If her parents made this decision for her, then while we may not agree but we have no right to condemn either.

    • Nkechi

      September 27, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      Christianity for me is fantastic. If it were the only one on earth or yet still among millions, I will choose Jesus again and again. I am not making any comment regarding the current situation. My reply is specifically directed to the comment that expressed the fact that Christianity is not fantastic. Thank you

    • Annalise Keating

      September 27, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      Most peadophiles are Muslims? Back it up with facts, statistics and dates.

      I’ll wait.

    • S!

      September 27, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Please you ain’t no Ms. Keating.
      Which people/religion endorses child marriage most in Nigeria, Egypt, Syria & co?

    • Comment

      September 27, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      “Judge not so that ye may not be judged”……don’t be a bigot because you don’t understand a different belief or culture.

      He is marrying her not prostituting her. Why are you drinking panadol for another man’s headache anyway? Spend time working on your own life instead of making insulting rants against an entire group of people based on one man’s action.

      We don’t even know the circumstances or the story. FYI in Islam, it is forbidden to marry a woman against her will. She is 18, that’s not a minor. People in the world are different based on culture, exposure and upbringing.

      I don’t support the age gap but who am I to be judging people…

      Polygamy is permissible but not encouraged because of the terms of equal treatment that the man will account for….either way who are we fooling? With your self righteous rant how many men claiming to be Christians have cheated on their wives, had kids outside wedlock and even prostitute women? please live and let live and focus on making your own world a better place.

  4. Anon

    September 27, 2015 at 10:59 am

    His religion permits 4 wives. Some of these traditional rulers have a penchant for marrying their children’s age mates. Sanusi has joined.

  5. Curious

    September 27, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Do Muslim women really have the tolerance to allow their husbands to marry more than one wife? Is any commenter already in a situation like this? What is it like to be in a marriage where your husband is married to other women? I’m just curious

    • Iris

      September 27, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      You know there are polygamous non-muslim families in Nigeria, right? Heck, some of them probably go to church.

    • nnenne

      September 27, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      Bella, if am commenting a lot, it’s back use of the responses here.
      My people, Islam is not synonymous with polygamy!!!!
      My neighbor is a Pakistani doctor, he has only one wife and his wife is also a doctor. Very devoted Muslims and nice people.
      I know a lot of Muslims with one wife!
      Polygamy is very prevalent in Africa All religions are involved in it and that’s one of the reasons we are poor. It is time for change! !!

    • Aforhe

      August 16, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      Polygamy is not one of the reasons Africans are poor. Africans are poor because you do not let people who have a gift for social organisation run your countries. An economy is deliberately designed. It doesn’t just happen. Africa is not the only continent where polygamy is practised. Please do not merge your personal cultural sensibilities with macro-economics.

    • nnenne

      September 27, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      Auto correct…
      Meant , If am commenting a lot, it’s because of responses….

    • Curious

      September 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Yes, we know Islam isn’t synonymous to polygamy. There are other religions that practice polygamy. The question above is based on THIS PARTICULAR STORY because a Muslim man decided to marry a fourth wife. So the question is directed to Muslim women in polygamy relationships. I see that people are very eager to correct other people nowadays as if people are walking around clueless. If BN published a story about a Christian practicing polygamy, I would ask the same question. How do Christians deal with polygamy. So calm down, it ain’t that serious

    • Annalise Keating

      September 27, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      What is it like to be with a man who has a side chick?

    • UV

      September 27, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      I don’t know. Why don’t you tell us since you were once a side chick yourself

    • Annalise Keating

      September 27, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      I have never been and will never be. You FAILED to answer the question tho.

    • Simple

      September 28, 2015 at 1:07 am

      @Annalise, UV probably thought you were trying to make fun of @curious question.

    • Damilola

      September 27, 2015 at 11:48 pm

      @ curious

      These women will never tell you the dark secrets in that world. They are loyal to their religion. But My aunt is in the same situation, they don’t like it but not to the point where they won’t tolerate it. She was the second wife at age 20. Her husband married two women after her. These women are brainwash. Men are treated like gold that should be catered to. They are told to obey these men even at their own detriment. Marrying a young “virgin” girl is a treasure to them. I mean, believing in Allah promising young Virgin girls to those who fight for his sake summarizes their beliefs. There was a time, HIV/AIDS was rampant in the north, you will see beautiful young ladies/women coming in for treatment. Most of them were young wives or girls messing around with these men. And these men keep their status a secret and go for treatment to save their own lives only if they have the money. Ones that don’t will just die suddenly from it. Most of them just want to be a wife of somebody, it’s very serious for them. And a rich prominent man is the icing on the cake. The youngest new wife is treated with the finest things in the world. These women are very materialistic and vain. And the men use all of these things to subdue them. Forget about all the hijab, long clothing they are not different from “goldiggers”. Some of the girls come from less privilege family, so giving their daughter away to a big man is a big accomplishment.

  6. FasholasLover

    September 27, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Some might say she is legal at 18, but at 18, what did you know???? This man here is one of the so called “elites” in the North. Educated o. Surely, he must have an 18 year old child? You now See why all these filthy men will not stop child marriage in the North? Agbaya, Paedophile. Imagine at 54 yrs of age, going naked before an 18 year old. Same age as your child. If this “Elite” waited for this girl to be 18, he must have “picked” her when she was much younger. Pray, what does a grown man see in a child that could be so attractive – except such a man is a paedophile! If the best of them can do this, just imagine what the uneducated men do. I guess it is shame that made him wait till she turned 18.

    They send their own daughters to Switzerland to be educated while defiling other people’s daughters. Yet, they come on air chanting that the North is backward. Who is going to Police the Police thief. Stealing innocence since 1900.

    • ATL's finest

      September 27, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Hahahha lmao @ been naked in front of 18yrs old girl & stealing the innocence since 1990.. Chai I don’t see how she did it let alone him. I can’t just imagine a 54yrs old man lay hands on me at my age let alone when I was 18yrs old. Religion or not this is just RIDICULOUS! I’ll bet my Nickel that’s she’s a virgin & that’s the #1 reason he married her. Stories like this make all these yeye Akata people talk trash from their mouth about Nigerians. I’m not saying he can’t marry 100 wives but please consider their age abeg culture or no culture.. Just reading this story make my ear ache..

  7. NAms

    September 27, 2015 at 11:14 am

    things like this just shock me why marry someone of your daughter’s age naaaaa I DOUBLE DARE ANY OF THE NORTHERNERS TO COME AND DEFEND THIS WITH PREACHING OR WHATSOEVER THIS IS SOOOOOO WRONG IN MANY WAYS

    • Hausa WOMAN

      September 27, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      NOT ALL NORTHERNERS!!!!!!

  8. Ebere

    September 27, 2015 at 11:33 am

    CHILD ABUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!As educated as Sanusi is, this is child molestation. Even if a pig gets a standard education,the pig will still play with mud……………….

    • Nahum

      September 27, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      She is 18. She is no longer a child. Very, very young but not a child

    • Temi

      September 27, 2015 at 4:24 pm

      Child molestation how?? At 18, she is an adult biko. You are here ranting while the girl is happy. Please everyone and their tradition. Your tradition has its faults and you don’t hear them shouting about it. Most of you here don’t know why she married him..she has probably been prepped about marriage and mentally ready. I have hausa friends and I actually do understand their marriage tradition.
      Yes Sanusi is educated and elite but his tradition permits him to marry an 18 years old. If you don’t like it,trek to kano and protest. Omotola and few others got married at the age of 18, why didn’t you scream child molestation then.

      Atleast she is 18 and married not like some girls doing body counts.

    • dee

      September 27, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Why do you guys keep saying omotola married at the age of 18, she married an age appropriate man at the age of 18 not a 54 year old man with 3 wives! Same for Amarachi. Omotola’s case is not same with this at all. Try and make intelligent argument and stop comparing what is not a beg!

    • S!

      September 27, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Was her husband 54 when they got married? In fact is Omotola’s husband up to 54 now?

  9. Titi

    September 27, 2015 at 11:35 am

    She is 18. She is technically not a child. What makes you think. She isn’t interested in marrying SLS? Omotola married at 18, to a guy almost twice her age, is she dead yet? Same for Kanu Nwankwo’s wife. Our constitution states that she is an adult. It is not a northern practice ,don’t be stupid or myopic. Omotola is yoruba, Kanu’s wife is igbo. If you are lucky to find love at 18, kudos to you.

    • Nne

      September 27, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      You have a point but those women are First and only wives (I can manage that) and the husbands were not 54 at the time

    • Kili

      September 27, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      I’m sure Omotola and her husband dated for a while same as Kanu and wife. Both women were not “bestowed” on their husband. The love interest was mutually consensual. The ladies were pretty young but the men weren’t so old either. They were young free and SINGLE.
      The girl is old to get married but then my questions are 1. Is she happy 2. Is this a forced/arranged marriage? 3. Are the older wives happy?.

      Let’s mix with religious practices fairness.
      What’s the probability that a man who has 4 wives will be “faithful” to them. Lol.

    • Annalise Keating

      September 27, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Not all cases of teen brides in the north are forced. They are brought up with this mindset from the onset of puberty, so they are more than ready to move in when it’s time. My cousin was barely 19 when she married her 50 year old husband as 2nd wife. People see this man as this menacing and never smiling Alhaji but when you are in the house he acts like a teenager and tout with my cousin. And my coz confided in me that his libido is high. She’s barely 24 now with 2 boys and is in her 3rd year in university. This girl “tear eye” pass anything before she got married. Always running away from home. They all live very, very, very, comfortably and in peace to the best of my knowledge. Would I take the same route as a Muslim woman? I don’t know, though not in my plans at the moment. She decided to live her life in her own terms very early on and everyone has accepted to respect her decision.

    • nnenne

      September 27, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      True, not solely a northern thing but very common in Africa. That’s why Africans are so poor.
      BTW, Omotola and Kanu are in monogamous relationships.
      With the prevalence of poverty in Africa, it’s time to review polygamy and family planning.

    • Annalise Keating

      September 27, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Poverty ke? In this context? Lamido Adamawa and SLS?

    • UUNISTA.COM

      September 27, 2015 at 3:37 pm

      None of these examples you gave justifies this horrendous age gap. Kanu & Omotola’s husband were in their 30’s , in specialist careers that made them economically capable to start families early. None of them were in their late 50’s and getting married to 18 year old… #OkBye

    • Mayowa

      September 27, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      Omotola’s hubby was even in his 30s. Omotola was 18, he was 27/28.

    • Mayowa

      September 27, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      Wasn’t***

    • Mayowa

      September 27, 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Omotola married at 18, it was her decision and she didn’t marry someone old enough to be her Dad or Grandpa, be analytical please. And don’t mention examples that don’t even correlate.

  10. Jade

    September 27, 2015 at 11:38 am

    It is girls that lost their virginity at 15 to 20 year olds, that are crying foul over a constitutionally recognized adult’s marriage. She is an adult, get over it.

    • Nne

      September 27, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      This comment does not make sense…. girls that lost their virginity in this age group would probably not mind …. I think people are complaining because of as exposed and educated Mr Lamido is you won’t expect him to go for someone that young

    • Annalise Keating

      September 27, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      That is their culture ooo. Take eet lyk dat aunty. Education has absolutely nothing to do with polygamy, infidelity, lust, libido. Most of Atiku’s wives have 2 degrees. There are northern governors with medical doctors and judges as wives. You don’t understand it does not make it wrong.
      “It is the mark of an educated man to entertain a thought without accepting it”.
      Please drink cold water and goan sleep.

    • Kili

      September 27, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      She’s an adult but is this what she wants?

    • Iris

      September 27, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      First of all 15 and 20 (disgusting though it is to sleep with a 15 year old), is not the same as 18 and 54. Secondly, and more importantly, it would be more acceptable if we knew this was something she wanted. It might have been, but these type of marriages have a history of not being by mutual consent. Bianca and Ojukwu’s union for instance was very disturbing, but at least it wasn’t forced on either side.

    • ATL's finest

      September 27, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      @ Jade Adult ke????, how are U process this shit? I mean how does it sound in your ears? 54-18??? I meaning???? Whatever happened to those sexy,handsome, juicy , Muslim brodas of hers to marry? God knows how I feel about so many too bad ain’t a Muslim.. Abeg she should ve married one of those..

    • ATL's finest

      September 27, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      *I mean* correcting my typos

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      September 28, 2015 at 11:40 am

      What happened to Sanusi’s son? I mean the one on the right? He no go fit marry that babe? kikikikikiki..Northern leaders deceiving their people since 1900..let them continue

  11. mrs chidukane

    September 27, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Shame!!!!! Booooooooooo! So 3 wives with several concubines aka side chicks are not enough?

  12. Mee

    September 27, 2015 at 11:47 am

    It’s a circle of life… some day (pretty soon) some 54 year old nuisance will marry one of your daughters… I see you lots of daughters!!!! God has a sense of humour!!!! ???

    • S!

      September 27, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      On behalf of every commenter here I say a big GOD FORBID!!!

  13. Ebere

    September 27, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Well if she was 18 and his first wife, that would have sounded more appropriate, and you didn’t have to say I was stupid and myopic and I just gave my opinion about the situation.

    • Nne

      September 27, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      I think I agree with you …if she was his first wife ….it would be weird but i don’t think people would care much. After tasting the joys of older women he likes them young now…Mr Sanusi i hail o

  14. nnenne

    September 27, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Marry whomever you wish but when the consequences of these child bride hits home, do not rope everyone into it.
    Tomorrow, the likes of Governor Yerima, would go on International media crying over poverty in the north.
    Children should be planned….Are you willing to care for them physically, emotionally, mentally and financially. All these components should be present, not just money.
    Some may argue that he has the money, but could it not be used in taking care of his subjects?
    Bill Gates and Bill Clinton that give so much to Africa, has how many wives and children?
    Think about the poorer Muslims, who would follow Sanusi’s example, in accordance with their religious practice, marry underage girls, make tons of children, then keep that wife at home, behind door for religion’s sake again.
    If this is not the formula for POVERTY, what is?

    • Annalise Keating

      September 27, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      If God gives me the money, strength and good health, I will have 6 kids. So now you’re telling people what to do with their money. Who told you he’s not helping his community? Nigerians with entitlement tins sha.

  15. Titi

    September 27, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Ojukwu was chief Onoh’s friend, he married Onoh’s daughter which is Bianca Ojukwu who was 18 then. Lets not forget ojukwu was almost 3 times Bianca’s age. Please what makes SLS case different, is he because he is a northerner, lets not be myopic please. She is 18 and legally an adult.

    • Ebere

      September 27, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      If others have done that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do the right thing, our children’s innocence are at stack here.Titi the girl is just 18. You talked about Ojukwu and Bianca, in that case Bianca wanted to willingly marry Ojukwu. Remember that half of this childhood marriages a not consensual, these girls were bethroted to these men, some of the girls like it while somany of them don’t. And please when you are talking on a platform with educated individuals, try not to use curse words and respect other people’s opinion even as you state yours.

    • Annalise Keating

      September 27, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      It’s mostly those poor ones that are forced.

    • nnenne

      September 27, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Titi, there’s so much poverty in Africa. Time to review polygamy and family planning, the role of culture and religion in population explosion.
      My two cents! !!

    • Kili

      September 27, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      True, but that doesn’t make it right.

    • Anon

      September 27, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Bianca wasn’t 18.

      Amarachi reduced her age to match Kanu’s football age. She was young but not 18.

      Omotola’s age when she married? Hmmm!

    • mrs chidukane

      September 27, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      There was a lot of outcry when Bianca married Ojukwu. Even her parents were not in support. My mother was barely 17 when she got married, it still doesn’t make it right and growing up I saw the disadvantages of early marriage. In fact, most of the aches and pains she suffers now are as a result of that and having lots of kids back to back. Emotionally and physically, early marriage is not ideal, whether religion permits it or not.

    • Anon today

      September 27, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      @Titi, please, please, please whatever you say, don’t say that Ojukwu married Bianca when she was 18. And if someone told you that as a fact they are sure of, Titi, never believe what that person tells you again. Thanks.

  16. Ebere

    September 27, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Titi, he is 54 and she’s 18!!!!!!!!!!!!How do you process that???????

  17. Kunle ade

    September 27, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Useless and hypocritical people. If jayz or obama wanted to marru ur 18 yo daughters or sisters wont u support it? But just bcos the he is an emir he is regarded as old and useless. U are big fools. All these guys talking wont hesitate to pick up 18yo undergraduate girls to sleep with but are against them getting married. Islam allows for 4 wives and education does not change whats in the koran. Its left to the girl and her parents to agree if they want to be married to an old man or not. Mind ur business. Many of u wont say NO to Dangote or Adenuga marrying u or ir daughters at 18yo.

    • lotusflower

      September 27, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      I would absolutely say NO! This comment shows your standards. You would marry your 18 yr old to Dagote and Jay-z. It is clear that you are the one who would sell out your own child for money, fame, and power.

    • halyma

      September 27, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      As in I was also taken aback too…this comment shaa! I’m sad for your future daughters!

    • nnenne

      September 27, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      @ Kung Ade. I am done! You lost me in this conversation.
      BTW, my prayer as a parent is that my children will have a good life, not necessarily millionaires. The best thing to do is to assist them with a career of their choice, so that they will be self sufficient.. if they get married to a spouse of their choice fine. If not, fine also because they can take care of themselves. If they become millionaires, wonderful. If not they should be okay without becoming criminals.
      Everyone cannot be Dangote. Be sincerely good in whatsoever you do.

    • ATL's finest

      September 27, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      @ Kunle Ade BS!!! U are talking from you -. Whatever happened to supporting kids and their education? This is the only time they need their parents. So bcuz of fame & $$$$, u will let ur children marry like that? She’s only 18yrs old with so much to learn about herself n the world. Jeez I can imagine me getting married at d age of 18 while my mates r trying to be useful (career wise) I’d be divorced by now.. I can’t afford to let my kids miss out in life abeg!! Date till u get to ur 20’s then remind me of marriage again..

    • Annalise Keating

      September 27, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      We are all products of different backgrounds and circumstances, hence we cannot all have the same goals dear. You can wait till 40 to get married and you will still make compromises. Even at that age, your career will still suffer.

    • Exq

      September 27, 2015 at 11:11 pm

      Annalise Keating, please shut up.
      You are very biased about this topic cause you’ve mentioned your cousin got married at 19 to a 50 year old. Enough with your multiple mindless comments, it’s damn annoying,

    • Annalise Keating

      September 28, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      Lol. I’m not bias. You’re just not tolerant about others cultures. You seem pained by my multiple comments? Lol. Apply to be an admin if it’s that bad lmao.

    • Jennifer

      September 29, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      Only pained by your ignorance.

  18. Titi

    September 27, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Aunty Ebere,
    You stated that ‘bianca willingly wanted to marry Ojukwu at 18’, what makes SLS case different? Is the girl your cousin? Did she tell you, she was forced to marry SLS? Lets not forget her parents are rich, so its not a case of poverty. She was not forced to do anything. And you stated ‘childhood’, you claim you are educated yet you seem to forget the clause in the constitution, which states an 18yr old is not a child. Lets be factual please. Thank you

    • Josephat

      September 27, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      Get your facts right please. BIANCA WAS 22 YEARS OLD WHEN SHE MARRIED OJUKWU, a lawyer and multiple pageant winner who had travelled all over the world. This sanusi wife just finished secondary school. Wide difference.

    • Jennifer

      September 27, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Titi, please permit me to ask you to shut up.
      Your comments are very mindless, unreasonable and highly offensive as this is a sensitive issue that affects most vulnerable people today. Your examples don’t even equate to this situation in any way. Please, if your brain is currently on vacation, stop leaving illogical comments.

  19. Kunle ade

    September 27, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    As educated and brilliant as Toyin was she still married Raymond Dokpesi. She didnt mind being a 2nd wife so pls leave education out of this discourse. It only becomes a crime when muslims do it. Before u guys were saying the girls have to be 18yo before marriage. Now that we muslims have waited for her to be 18yo u move the goal post again to ” she is still too young’ or the age differnce is too much or the man is already married. What else do u want from us? Most of u old men wont mind sleeping with or marrying Kender Jenner despite being 18yo.

    • Facts.

      September 28, 2015 at 2:11 am

      @kunle ade; Dokpesi identifies himself as a chrislem. I have it direct from him. I heard the term for the first and only time from him in the ’90s. He specifically told me he takes from each religion what he likes so he can do what he likes; he specifically mentioned that islam allows him to marry more than one wife so he takes that from that religion. Toyin was mature, educated and working as a broadcaster in his company and made her own decision, even though her dad was a deacon; she and Dokpesi had been dating for a while before they married and the wife already in the house (who isn’t the first wife, the first wife is Polish) fought tooth and nail against Toyin and against the relationship. All Dokpesi’s wives were mature women at the time of marriage. People should stop using comparisons (AmarachiKanu, Omotola/Captain Ekeinde, Bianca/ Ojukwu, meanwhile it was allegedly Bianca’s mother that was for the marriage and Bianca herself, who also dated Ojukwu for a while against her father’s adamant and virulent opposition before they eventually got married even though he still didn’t like it; it was her mature, informed, wilful decision) that are not factual or that are irrelevant.

  20. Lily

    September 27, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Its just politics, I don’t think SLS is even in love with the girl.

  21. No name

    September 27, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    A reply to conglewhatever….. Kanu married his wife and she was 18, mind you he wasn’t 54. A 54 yr old marrying 18 is allow a paedophile. Omotola’s husband was in his early 30s when he married her. Sanusi is an old fool.

    • hoha

      September 27, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Actually omotolas hubby was in his 20s

    • Jennifer

      September 27, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Omotola’s hubby was 28 when he married Omotola, not in his 30s. He is 10 years older than her. And it was her decision. She was just about to enter Uni and her Mom suggested she graduated from Uni before she married him, but she refused. And hubby was worried about someone else marrying her if she waited to finish Uni. You def cannot compare it to this situation, totally different.

    • Annalise Keating

      September 27, 2015 at 8:12 pm

      A 54 year old marrying an 18 year old is a paedophile but a 28 year old marrying an 18 year old isn’t? #confused.

    • Jennifer

      September 27, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      Annalise Keating, that is a stupid question you just asked that doesn’t need an answer, I’ll however answer you. Are you really trying to compare an 18 year old marrying a 28 year old, to an 18 year old marrying a 54 year old? If you’re truly confused then pardon me to say you’re more stupid than I thought. Yourmany unnecessary comments you’ve left on this topic are highly annoying and slanted. I understand why you’ll support this madness as you’ve clearly mentioned your cousin was married at 19 to a 50 year old. It’s alright, when your daughter is 18, marry her off to a 54 year old, since it’s pretty normal and not confusing to you. I detest unintelligent and stupid questions.

    • Jennifer

      September 27, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      And you must be blind, please do tell me where you read “pedophile” in my comment? Some of you are not only ignorant but equally blind.

    • Annalise Keating

      September 28, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Lol. I’m stupid because of my multiple comments? Later they will say we Muslims have anger issues and are not tolerant. Lmao. Internet ninja.

    • Jennifer

      September 29, 2015 at 8:08 pm

      Annalise Keating, please don’t be silly. This has nothing to do with religion. You’re stupid cause you’re stupid and you lack comprehension skills. Period.

  22. halyma

    September 27, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    At 18 she not a baby I agree but I’m sure I have a clear picture of what I want for my daughter after secondary school and marriage is the least of them.
    Atiku Abubakar, during Yarima’s child marriage issue said; “As a father, I have never given out my daughters in marriage before university graduation. It’s a personal decision.” so I think the big issue is the parent who consent to this but again the bigger problem…the example men like Sanusi sets especially for the poorer majority in that region knowing how stringed these people are to their leaders (political/religious). I think positions like these could be used to bring the kind of change we desire!

    • Temi

      September 27, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      I get you but she is not of a lower class, she is a princess. You all should free this issue. She will obviously continue her education in his house. The girl obviously doesn’t care if he is 54 or 60, she is okay like that.

      You all should free the issue. It’s their tradition and not urs. Besides every tradition and its “flaws”

    • halyma

      September 28, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      So bcos it’s their tradition no one should worry about the ripple effects…pls where did I miss it?

  23. felinda

    September 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    No way. I respect him too much for him to marry such a young girl. If it was older I wouldn’t mind cos that’s his culture, but 18?, he’s a bit more educated and more smart to make such and illiterate decision. I don’t believe this rumour.

    • Annalise Keating

      September 27, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Just because you’re not familiar with this culture does not make it an illiterate practice. You will never be happy if you were abruptly thrown into this culture obviously. But there are people who see nothing wrong with it.

    • Adwoa

      September 28, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      You need to stop commenting already. Your comments on this topic are biased and unintelligent. Like really, do yourself a favor and stop now. Trying too hard to prove a silly point. You can follow your cousin’s step/route and also marry someone old enough to be your Grandpa.

    • Annalise Keating

      September 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      If I don’t stop commenting, what would you do tho? Lmao.

  24. Bee

    September 27, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    People are saying she’s an adult because she’s 18. How many of the people here saying she’s an adult got married or even thought about marriage at the age of 18. Let’s not get it twisted. This just doesn’t seem right, but that’s what I think anyway.

  25. nnenne

    September 27, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Titi…You forgot to add that it was Bianca’s choice. Onoh, her father was openly against it. It took years and after many kids before her father took the bride price because he had no choice. Bianca was already a lawyer, ran for a beauty pageant before this marriage.
    Years later, Bianca has confessed that she wouldn’t allow her daughter to do what she did.

  26. jasmine

    September 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    was Kanu or Pilot Ekehinde 54 when marrying Omotola or Amara? Why can’t we see evil and condemn it? Oga Kunle, it’s not everybody that can give out their child at 18 to a man coz he’s so rich as JayZ. I can never give out my child to any man unless she’s up to 22 and says yes. I don’t care what people say. If u want to marry her, wait till she’s 22. For nature’s sake, it’s morally wrong. Haba

  27. zzzzzzzzzzzz

    September 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    As an educated man, I expected more from the Emir. Why not go for someone older since you religion allows it.

  28. missAlmajiri

    September 27, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    According to sources she will continue her education and she hasn’t reported to his house yet. As a northern girl, I know SLS is a hot cake and am sure a lot of Emirs and other royals would’ve been bothering him with marriage alliances. Now it’ll all stop.
    Marrying the Emir of Kano is a big deal, hate all you want she’s winning. Married check, to an Emir check, continuing her education check, haters hating check, peeps pretending like their indigenous traditional rulers aren’t polygamous check, she don’t care check, check, check.

    • Abby

      September 27, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Miss Almajiri aka madam check hope you are looking forward to getting married at 18 to a 50+ old man (that is if you are not already). Side eyes

    • Mamacita

      September 27, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      At Nne: it’s not for you to manage! Isn’t she better than the southern runs girls hustling for brazilian hair and iphone 6?

      @missalmajiri na gode! E-fist bump.

  29. james

    September 27, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    if the marriage is supported by the girls family, then it’s very ok and at 18 she’s a legal adult.
    Pls let’s remove religion from this cos I have seen it in all religions.

    • Temi

      September 27, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      God bless you for this. Nigerians and their hypocritical statements everywhere using religion to argue about everything.. They never want to be realistic.

    • Shandi

      September 27, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      Temi your comment is quite unreasonable. That her Parents allowed it, doesn’t make it right. (That’s if it’s exactly true). That she is 18 doesn’t make it right. That “Nigerians” are complaining doesn’t mean they’re unrealistic. YOU are actually ridiculously unrealistic. I’m pretty sure the girl in question isn’t a 100% supportive of her situation, or her Mom. Are you trying to tell me he’ll let his daughters get married to men with the same age difference? I think not. I think you should take your own advise and be REALISTIC. Maybe you’ll let your child at 18 marry someone in his 50s, and it’ll be adequate since she’s 18. Some of you are severely shallow, it’s scary.
      I’m astonished and disappointed by the illeterates on this blog, who have supported this nonsense, yet claim to be educated.

  30. Natu

    September 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    At 18 I was heading to university. Marriage was not on my agenda. To each his own. I hope she doesn’t regret her decision.

  31. Selima

    September 27, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Okay I’m commenting as a non married 18 year old who has lived with Indians, Pakistanis and Saudis most of her life and I tell you it is possible she’s very happy and joyful to get married to HRH. Yes, some 18 year olds do think of marriage and some want to marry way way older men. I think the problem with most commenters is that they want to write other people’s stories with their pen. If an 18 year girl is old enough to be tried as an adult for crime, then they should be old enough to get married. Besides its not a case of poor marry rich. She is from affluence from what I’ve read. I think she’s very happy. It’s not about her being young or not knowing anything. Many African women are pressured to marry who they don’t want or reject who they want because of family pressure even in their early 30s. I have also read comments here saying age is just a number, so why doesn’t it apply to this case? Exposure or education can’t change what your culture and religion demands. I think divorce is permitted in Islam on certain grounds, if she finds out SLS is not what she wants, I’m sure she can walk. Sanusi can take care of any child they both have and still have extra for more. She would most likely attend a great school to complete her education. There’s no excess pressure on her to be sweeping, cooking and all that kind of thing.I actually don’t really get all the negative fuss and I can’t pinpoint where peoples’ concern lie, that she’s too young or he’s too old, they are one and the same difference. Sanusi has not broken any constitutional law. Happy married life to the both of them?

    • Kili

      September 27, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Heck, Sanusi may not even get sexual with her till she’s 25. However, doesn’t this negate all the awareness of child not bride campaigns and NGO in the north eg. Stephanie Linus’ program for VVF?

  32. Tobenna Ekpo

    September 27, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Bloody ignoramus! Bianca was 22years at the time of her marriage, she was equally a lawyer ,not a high school graduate,. Her father, an ex governor bought her a brand new Mercedes Benz to lure her away from Ojukwu’s grip but she rejected it and accepted a modest Honda from OJukwu instead. Her father was tons richer than Ojukwu but she loved him, married him despite her fathers objection which he later came round to accepting and she stuck with Ojukwu until the very end.
    Using this example as a justification in this instance is sheer ignorance.

    • Mamacita

      September 27, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      At Tobenna for all you and I know the 18 year old bride is madly in love with Sanusi why are you drinking panadol for their headache?

    • Nma

      September 27, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      Mamacita, you need to shut the hell up. Psychic, she is madly in love with him and it’s something you personally know, cause you’re her relation or close pal? Some of you talk like you’re reasoning from your asses. It’s actually appalling.
      When your child is 18, allow her wholeheartedly to marry someone in his 50s cause she’s “madly in love” with him. What an idiotic comment.

    • Annalise Keating

      September 27, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      What’s the difference between 18 and 22 in relation to our constitution? Bianca’s dad was rich, is the northern chick from a poor home?

  33. Ali

    September 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Just thinking aloud here, so basically let’s assume this guy lives for 30 more years, this girl would likely at a minimum be a widow in her 40s. These men are really evil, not even thinking of the future of the poor girl but just their own lusts.

    Shame on you SLS!!!

  34. lacey

    September 27, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Sanusi lamido Sanusi is a he goat of the highest order! He did not see women between 30-40 to marry, is a young girl of 18! I pray his own daughters face same! Financial Times and Economist have seen this o! Silly arse man! Who destroyed our banking industry,people that lost jobs since 2009 still do not have jobs. Anuofia!

    • rashidah amode

      September 30, 2015 at 1:23 am

      I think people’s personal lives Shud be respected… what’s d big deal there na. even southern kings like d alaafin of oyo married younger ladies… alaafin is old enof to father Sanusi lamido and he has young wives too.. we ddnt hear ppu condemn him.pls the emir is a muslim and in islam, there is no such thing as early marriage…I wish dem a successful married life

  35. mabel

    September 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Is Oshio not better than this man by 1 million percent if there’s anything like that. I said it, this Sanusi guy that’s always in Europe partying hard almost every weekend when he was CBN governor. Old fool. When a man’s physical look deceives him. A 54 year old to an 18 year old? Negodu. It will serve him right if he gets cardiac arrest while on top of her. That’s all I wish him. Nobody with a sick mind should tell me nonsense here o. I’m livid. I did an extensive research on this sickening practice for my masters and it was traumatic. So don’t spew nonsense here for commenting sake. You don’t know how sickening this is. When will this stop?

  36. Arin

    September 27, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I don’t even understand why a lot of people are fussing over absolutely nothing. Gypsies in America marry at the age of 16 some even as young as 15 because their tradition allows it. They’ve been mentality prepared for This, seeing other relatives doing the same. These girls are excited about getting married. At 20 your not married you are an old hag. Or would you rather the young Christians girls who won’t allow other people’s husband rest? Or Christian men who are totally irresponsible having numerous girlfriends all o’er the country? P.s I am christian. Let’s end this double standards. Whatever helps you sleep well at night. Face your religion if your rant can’t do anything about another person’s.

    • Nma

      September 27, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Your comment is unreasonable, unnecessary, out of place, offensive and absolutely ridiculous. Smh. It’s almost pathetic to believe some of you are literates.

    • nnenne

      September 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Arin, please compare our population growth with that of America. Have you ever wondered why our social services /social amenities are never enough? Why there’s never enough jobs? Have you wondered why people have the need to misappropriate funds (Corruption)?
      Imagine if every man in the world had 4 wives and several children.
      Am concerned, because this is huge. It is an issue that concerns all of us, especially Sub Sahara Africans. Population explosion is a big deal. Nigerian government should do something about population control or the future generations will not forgive us.
      Unfortunately, people like Sanusi, who should know better and use their positions in society as public advocates stoop so low. Disgusting!!!!!!!

  37. dupsy

    September 27, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    I am just worried about Sanusi’s health because this is what is killing many men age 55 and above who want to impress and satisfy many women in bed. They keep on taking Viagra and Cialis until you hear one day they died of heart attack either during or after sex. Look at the pictures of his wives ( they all look sexually active), how will he now survive adding a young 18 year old into the mix? Many young people with one wife are now dying in their sleep talk less of a man with 4 wives! Until our societies and cultures start to see women as independent souls capable of critical thinking skills instead of human beings with vaginas, breasts and great looking buttocks, we will never advance ( never, ever, ever). You look at developed countries, they see their women as individuals not pieces of flesh for sexual pleasure /gratification and child bearing entities alone. Please mark the word ‘alone’ because they see women first as capable of independent thought not the other way around like our African, Arab and some Asian cultures view women. When our people first see a woman or hear about a woman they think how well endowed is she ? How good in bed is she? How many children can she bear? How well can she cook? How well can she clean a house? the list is endless. When an oyinbo man sees a woman or hears about her, he thinks like ( how is our chemistry like? How intelligent is she? Are we compatible socially, intellectually, etc? What are her likes and dislikes! Well choose for yourself as a woman – how you prefer to be seen by a man! I rest my case!

    • Natu

      September 27, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      You are so right!!!

  38. Hausa WOMAN

    September 27, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    God forgive you! i dont know why people must make stuff about tribe. why make that generalization about hausa “chicks”

  39. spoonfullofsugar

    September 27, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    How does 54 year old man like to take off his clothes before an 18 year old? Northerner or southerner! How!

  40. Say what?

    September 27, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    My problems with this is not that a girl of 18 got married, after all she is of legal age, my problem is that a man of SLS’s standing married her! He is supposed to too intelligent for this. But then SEX is a bastard

  41. lex

    September 27, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Really? You sure don’t know what you are talking about. There is no justifying the fact that this girl is too young to be married to a 54yrs old man with more than one wife already. What kind of conversation is a man of his experience going to have with 18yrs old age. Is she going to call him daddy? I just don’t get this tradition or culture.

  42. concerned9ja

    September 27, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Well…let’s wait and see if he gives away one of his teenage daughters to a 50 something year old man as a 3rd wife…
    Heard the North of Nigeria has the highest number of teenage and young women that are divorcees.
    What do you expect when they marry them at 13-14 under the guise that our religion allows it Horny old men using a law of 2000 years ago in the 21st century..absolute rubbish and unjustifiable!!

  43. Un biased

    September 27, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I am a Christian and let´s not always point fingers to religion. Ojukwu was a Christian and he married Bianca whose age gap is the same as the Emir and his bride. I am pretty sure you will find so many current examples from all religion and different culture as well, Their culture is not the only one giving their daughters to marry, i have met a lot of girls from different culture in which their parents have arranged marriages for them from their first period. Although i do not support this and believe marriages should be base on happiness and love, be careful about your conclusion. Generalisation is ignorance

    • say what?

      September 27, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      My dear, that Ojukwu Bianca example doesn’t hold because Bianca was 22, four years makes a world of difference! And while this girl has just finished sec school, Bianca was a lawyer, you see the difference?

    • ana

      September 27, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      listen to your shallow self…only ojukwu and bianca.who else?? and bianca was 23..google it..and she said she wanted it because she was a beauty queen and he was powerful but regrets it now..and by the way she was ojukwus only wifeee!!!

    • Hanna

      September 28, 2015 at 3:43 am

      @ ana, your statement doesn’t match up on google. Bianca stated that WHILE SHE WAS HAPPY TO BE MARRIED TO OJUKWU, She would not want her daughter to marry someone much older. No regrets on her part, as you falsely stated so stop doctoring other people’s statements..

  44. Amh

    September 27, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    From some commenters above. It shows most are not learned. Shes a gift. More like a marriage of alliance to strenghten thwir relationship. Am sure she consented. Its a normal occurrence in royalty. From Europe to Africa. That does not mean he will consumate the marriage. Though ahes legal now. The emir is an honorable kind man. She would have rejected the alliance but am sure shes happy. Whats is wrong with the ignorant comments i wonder. Sime of you commenters were sexually active at 12 . Some had been side chicks from ever and keep lusting after married men. Shes a princess and wealthy unlike you. Shes not forced into the marriage. Am sure she will be treated with respect and continue her education. Emir is honorable.

    • Jennifer

      September 27, 2015 at 11:29 pm

      The funny thing about your comment is that you’re calling people’s comments ignorant. However, your comment is completely, totally and absolutely IGNORANT.

    • amh

      September 28, 2015 at 8:01 am

      what is ignorant about my comment. you must be very daft. GO pick a book and read idiot. she must have consented. she does not have to marry him. shes a princess from a wealthy home.

    • Adwoa

      September 28, 2015 at 12:36 pm

      Lol amh! That awkward moment when YOU are actually the person that NEEDS the book more. Lol, please follow your own advice. Your comments are very shocking and outrageous.

    • Jennifer

      September 28, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Sir/Madam, take your own advise and pick a damn book! You’re not only daft but severely demented. I’m not even astonished as to why you’re asking what’s ignorant about your comment. Smh. Some of you are educated but it doesn’t show in your reasoning. Educated illiterates.

    • Bess

      September 28, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Ode! how do u gift someone ur 18yrs daughter to strengthen ur rlship… and if at all humans are now gift items, u dont v older unmarried daughters? u dont v sons? u dont v siblings who v older daughters who really wants to marry? to be used as gifts… Amh u v a smelling ignorance. ur IQ no just follow…since when did women become gifts? answer me eh.. since when did humans become gifts! you are capable of being a ritualist i swear down..

    • Himan

      September 28, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      I totally love this. A HuMAn GIFT! Wow!!!

  45. Annalise Keating

    September 27, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Contemporary Nigerian kind of feminist ideology: all women grow up in the same kind of cultural background, experience same circumstances and MUST have the same goals. You guys remind me of that group FEMEN. Yes, that one who’s leader took off her top during a live interview on Aljazeera a few years back.

  46. Miss Shee

    September 27, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    ok people, she is 18 and an adult, no doubt. however, we are ignoring the situation and circumstance of this 18yr old. She would be leaving with her mothers agemate and performing the same functions. She would come in contact with Sanusi’s children in the house that her peers. If she was 18 and marrying a 54yr old single man, I will still frown at it, then a man with numerous wives and children. I do not envy her at all, what rubbish HRH. God have mercy on our generation AND OUR PARENTS. Now, the basis for this atrocity is because the koran has supported and given advice to its effect.

    This are the leaders in our country……oh, how I weep

  47. juliat

    September 27, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Y are you guys always condemning Islam. bcos sanusi married a gal of 18 dosent mean all Muslim do dat , mind you who told you she was forced into it. d gal is happy where she is. stop drinking panadol for another person’s headache. He might not even touch d gal till she is ready. All dis is just for politics.#stopcondemingislam#

  48. Annalise Keating

    September 27, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    It’s not a matter of reforming the religion. Some people go astray, some interprete the scriptures with malicious literalism while some are just really ignorant. Theres actually nothing to reform because the original form of the religion was and is still pure. Every religion goes through this phase. Polygamy, misogyny, extremism were all significantly inherent in middle age Christianity. Judging by how long both religions have been in existence, I’ll say history and human foolishness is just repeating itself. Moderate Muslims however have made heavy moves towards this regression but have been met with heavier assault by these guys. Countries like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar are very influential but unfortunately not ready to make compromises to deal with this totally. They are busy buying malls and English football clubs. Most of the 9/11 bombers were Saudi including the alleged chief mastermind and yet Saudi is not on the terrorist watch list. Right now, more Muslims are being killed in the north. Any imam becomes a target as soon as you start preaching against them. These guys are a little percentage of the good guys, though their very loud and obnoxious you’d start to think they are more than that little amount.

  49. Concerned 9ja

    September 27, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    A gift!!…now I’ve heard it all…why not just wrap her up with a nice little red ribbon….and deliver her via DHL…

  50. oversabi

    September 28, 2015 at 1:03 am

    F-licant emir. Please find an aged VeeJay like your peewee. So, will she share her nightly encounters with your daughters who are her age when she goes to being her age and has girly talk?
    Wife (W) to peer stepdaughter (PSD)- So tell me, what do you do with your boyfriend?
    PSD to W = [Giggles], Usman is his name, he is so cute. He just touched my hands and ran his fingers across my palm. it was oh so [eyes roll back into head] sensual. I cant wait for when I am betrothed so that we do more. [giggles] Tell me, what does that feel like? With the sensations going down my spine when he holds my hands I cant wait to turn 18.
    W to PSD: Aww, The Emir was so gentle the first time. [giggles] But now, he is a wild ox [abi na ram]. Oh, he is a great couple of digits long and my hands cant quite go round all of it. He is good. He tires quickly though. I have been noticing his horseman Umaru. All those rippling muscles.
    PSD to W: Hmmm. Maybe we should change topic. Not sure I want to imagine daddy in that situation.

  51. No excuses.

    September 28, 2015 at 3:14 am

    “Annalise Keating: so many commenters have already advised you to stop commenting. In trying to defend this religion and culture you make things worse. There are just too many terrible examples and practices and beliefs. Bringing up Saudi Arabia only reminds me of the crucifixions there, including the case right now of a teenager whom the Saudi government has, against global outcry, sentenced to death by crucifixion for what they call “anti-governnment activities”.

  52. salihu mohammed

    September 28, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Well it’s choice. And please stop condeming someone efforts it’s matter of choice no body force her she loves him and he loves her, King sanusi lamido wish you happy married life

  53. Coke

    September 28, 2015 at 8:34 am

    i wish i married him when i was 18.

  54. Coke

    September 28, 2015 at 8:55 am

    They are here wailing when their fathers are busy sleeping with 16 and 17yrs old girls, staring at lil girls in bikini at the estates pool we see them!

    i’ll rather marry my daughter out at 18 than watch her roam around the place like all these “Holy girls” commenting rubbish here.

    • Quisite

      September 28, 2015 at 11:25 am

      You would know since your Father is one of them. What an idiotic comment to justify what is absolutely absurd.

  55. Bella

    September 28, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Let’s wait and see if he gives away one of his teenage daughters to a 50 something year old man as a 3rd wife…or 4th as their religion permits! They are about to come of age, if not already 18. We wait!! I cannot believe that with all the good changes in this world advocating for women and girl rights, that as they all sit perfectly in this picture, one day, their hopes and dreams will be to marry into their father’s friends homes! Is this what their mothers teach them on a daily basis, to get them ready to marry their friend’s husbands.

  56. Tati

    September 28, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    You are barbaric, and blind…God rules against all odds and His Throne superseds the Heaven and the Earth and their up holdings are of no disturbance to Allah, hence his word rules. Judgment day de come, Muslims are gifted and more sane than all of u. That s y we kp following our religion and having faith .

    Keep criticizing Muslims oooh, don’t open ur eyes to the omotolas and Kylie jenners of this world. Mstwwww blind, barbaric , clueless fool

    • Oma Akihiko

      September 28, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      No! You’re the barbaric one! What God? Supersedes what? Rubbish! Just admit that you’re all perverts. Can’t you think for yourself? When will you wake up? I’m tired of you religious bigots. Stop trying to roll us down the moral landscape.

  57. clue

    September 28, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Well, we all have rights to our opinions even though some might be base less and stereotyped. What makes one a great man or woman? Your ability to be well informed in every aspect of life, culture, tradition and beliefs. If we claim to be “well informed” we should accommodate other cultures and traditions. It doesn’t matter how exposed or educated one is. It is the tradition and acceptable by all. My question is; do they have a CHOICE to marry just one wife or take a second wife that is older than 18years? Because I have no issues with people’s traditions but I am thinking out loud if they can decide just to sick with one wife. Our president is a muslim but has one wife at a time.

  58. AUWAL

    September 28, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    pls, puple shud stop regerting to d isue of religious islam did nt forbit it, so
    der is noting rough ford 54,year man old marry to
    d 18.year girl
    dis is nt isue parent 4ssing d child
    d religious pamit a man shud marry 4 wife
    why are u people discramnetin she is 18 and manture so dey is noting roungh der

  59. Concerned_Boyfriend

    September 28, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    And as Karma would have it, Lamido has 7 little girls. The wheel of retribution is already in motion. Sit back and watch!

  60. JOO

    September 28, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I hope this babe reads BN and decides to comment sha…because I get the feeling she’s well pleased with this arrangement. While we are sitting here taking panadol for someone else’s headache…or the lack thereof.

  61. Oma Akihiko

    September 28, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Let’s just agree that SLS is a pervert. Yes, the wife in question is an adult but what sort of deluded and perverted person are you to make a wife (for sexual gratification) out a woman who is that young. Abeg! You can educate the man but you can’t take the barbarian in him. I’m appalled!

  62. coke

    September 29, 2015 at 11:37 am

    i just keep wondering why Quisite can be this stupid in a life time.

  63. Panadol

    September 29, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Lmao. You all should keep taking panadol for someone’s headache.

  64. MissT

    September 29, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    DIGUSTING !!

  65. Saali

    September 29, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    She was such a lovely senior at school, really missing her…..Proudly 4rm Ahmadu Ribadu College Yola Adamawa (ARC)

  66. BALA SHEHKWALE KADARA MX.

    September 29, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    I wish theme happy marge,long life,
    is a good thing GOD bless Nigeria

  67. M.K.O Momoh -Auchi

    September 30, 2015 at 12:28 am

    I don’t just understand why there is so much demonstration of gross ignorance here by clearly confused minds, deafened ears & blinded eyes, who obstinately insist wrongly that they are correct, that Emir Sanusi’s taking the honourable path – marriage, (not secret fornication/adultery via Clinton/Monica Lewinsk way) is wrong! Those ignorants, who are throwing anti- Emir Sanusi rants are dead wrong, they need some psychiatric examination! Emir Sanusi is a muslim, whose religion permits to marry more than one wife but not more than four, so why should an anti Islam, anti muslim idiots, bigots & islamophobes hide under social media to insults a decent man who follow his religion? Many prostitutes are out there in large numbers on our various campuses expecially in southern Nigeria, countless numbers on Allen Avenue junction, Airport Hotel along Awolowo way ,Lagos, Ikeja & uncountable numbers & strippers in Night clubs that span across Southern part of the country! I strongly believe if those hypocrites & failures, wrongly criticizing Emir Sanusi here, were of sane minds, they would see the great wisdom in Emir Sanusi’s action as one of the most practical solution to the societal ills that has dotted all western lining communities, Southern Nigeria in particular. We muslims will never criticize a non-muslim’s choice of sticking to one man, one wife, but for an ignorant to hide under social media to attack a muslim man because he takes another wife is unacceptable! If you are not comfortable with the options Islam offers its followers, well you can go & hug the closest NEPA electricity transformer near your neighborhood & spare us your unsolicited & needless rants! Meet me @MKOMomoh on Twitter for more robust discussion please, if you think you have some intellectual stamina to sustain a meaning discourse on this issue!

  68. BK

    October 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Sick pedophile. She’s “18”? Yeah, I bet she is…

  69. wondering

    May 9, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Just asking, i know its an old article. Pls can someone, anyone tell me….HOW DO YOU KNOW FOR SURE THATS SHE’S NOT HAPPY? I’m not saying she is, but I’m asking how do you categorically know for certain that she’s unhappy and was forced? Anyone? I’m asking a genuine question so pls don’t insult me.

  70. wondering

    May 9, 2016 at 11:09 am

    I asked that question because when I was young I told my family that I wanted to get married at around that age. Latest 20. I told my mum that rather than have dirty old men or irresponsible boys come after me and take away my innocence without marrying me, I’d rather be a honorable wife at that age. I wanted a man who could take care of me. A rich man. I wanted to continue my education as a married woman without the distraction of campus boys. When asked I said I wanted a man in his forties. I’m serious. I knew this was what I wanted. I wanted to marry a virgin. So again I ask, how do you know she is not happy? My parents didn’t understand that I was mentally more advanced than my peers and wanted a home of my own. I met someone later who wanted to marry me and they refused for the reasons many of you claim. I was forced not to marry. That said I was too young. I should wait till after nysc. After nysc, i was molested by a man of over forty. A christian, a preacher. He told me that i was a fool to wait till marriage to have sex. I never dated in uni. He didnt marry me, he slept with me. So i ask once more how fo you know she doesnt want this? Also, is it more honorable for a man to actually marry a young woman even as a third or fourth wife than for him to cheat on his mature wife with little girls in secret? my parents regret their decision. I am still unmarried and over thirty now. You don’t know everything. If you’re ready you are ready. I live in an affluent neighbourhood and I saw a lot of respected Yoruba and igbo men Chase after my friends and I when our dad’s weren’t around. And we were as young as 14-17. These men don’t do not publicly like the Muslims. They won’t marry children, no. They’ll only sleep with them and ruin their futures. Is that not worse than a man who asks a girl’s parents for her hand in marriage? However young she is? As long as she is not less than the legal age of 18? I don’t think he did anything wrong. She is someone’s wife, not his whore or bitch or side kick. His wife. Thats a better title if you ask me. Nuff said.

    • Ibukun

      August 15, 2018 at 1:10 pm

      Wow. Your story is very touching, insightful and educative. Sorry about the missed opportunities, better days are ahead of and for you. Keep keeping strong… there’s something different about you, as evident in your thought process, very few ladies have your kind of mentality. If you don’t mind, I’d like to be your friend.

  71. Ibukun

    August 15, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Congrats to SLS and I wish him a happy married life. Contrary to public opinion, he has acted within the ambits of his religion, culture, heritage and personal beliefs.

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