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18 as Minimum Age for Marriage is Not the Answer – Emir of Kano Sanusi

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Muhammadu-Sanusi-IIHaving weathered the storm over his controversial marriage to an 18 year old princess, Emir of Kano – Muhammadu Sanusi II was a headline speaker at a “Strategies to Improve the Protection of Girl Child in Nigeria” conference in Abuja this week. The key areas the conference focused on included early marriage, violence against girls and kidnapping.

18 Year Old HRH Emirette of Kano Sa'adatu Barkindo Sanusi

18 Year Old HRH Emirette of Kano Sa’adatu Barkindo Sanusi

During his speech, Sanusi suggested that the answers to the issues such as early marriage may not be as easy as simply setting 18 as the minimum age for marriage.

According to Channels TV,

The monarch, who was also against setting 18 years as minimum age for marriage, said the first step to addressing the issue was to address the root causes of poverty in the communities.

“If you tell a man in the village, ‘don’t marry your child off till the age of 18’, what does she do between the age of 11 and 18?

Instead he criticised the current Federal Government’s Revenue Sharing Formula

“We need to understand that the problem begins from the economy and from the management of the resources of the country. He condemned a system where the states get the residual of the nation’s revenue after the Federal Government had taken a large portion of it.

“These are the states that are supposed to provide education and healthcare to hundreds of millions of people. The states are staved of funds,” the Emir said.

The Nigerian Constitution does not establish a minimum age of marriage. The Child Rights Act, which was passed in 2003, sets the age of marriage at 18 years-old. According to the Child Not Bride organization, only 23 of Nigeria’s 36 states have adopted this act. As a result, in some areas of the country the minimum age of marriage can be as low as 12 years-old.

74 Comments

  1. ATL's finest

    October 21, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Is this dude still yapping? Smh Next

    • me

      October 22, 2015 at 8:30 am

      Why do we constantly blame everything on Economy? Did the federal govt ask anyone to have 10 kids and be able to provide for just 1?

      It’s only a fool that buys a property he can’t maintain. Common. Sanusi , the first approach is for you to officially start a campaign where you educate your fellow northerners that having 20 kids ain’t cool, if you can’t care for them

      Second, they should let there girls go to school… don’t tell me there are not enough schools, build one, After All you are the Emir.

      Thirdly and most importantly, minimum age for marriage should be 18. …..

      I didn’t need all the degree in the world to come up with this, which kind of makes me wonder if the school passed through you or if you just breezed right through it.

    • Damilola

      October 22, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Accountability is Nigeria’s biggest problem, that’s the root to solving corruption and other existing problems. Sanusi, lost every respect he once had, he needs to simply shut up. He has failed at applying his so called education. When education/knowledge is not applied properly, your education is a waste.

      His choice/decision to marry a 18yr old girl has nothing to do with economy or poverty. If he cares so much about this topic, he should start an organization to help not add to an existing problem. Northern states are the least advanced when it comes to education despite most of the country’s leaders coming from that area. Nigeria have been led by military dictatorship far too long. If these northern leaders are serious about educating young girls, tackling the issue of poverty they have the money and resources to do such, which means they don’t care neither do they want to change things they are benefiting from that feeds their gratification.
      If anybody should be speaking on issues such as this, it should be young and older women speaking up about issues affecting them from healthcare, to rape, childbride, creating more opportunities and educating these women so they can make better choices for themselves. Their religion and practices is against modern education, and ones who are somewhat educated still practice the same beliefs that suppresses women’s right and freedom.

    • Seriously

      October 22, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Sanusi is an educated fool. His sense of reasoning is very distorted and everytime he opens his mouth now. It’s like he’s getting dumber and dumber. His guilty conscience is eating him up. These are the so called leaders in Nigeria, no wonder the country is doomed.

    • Bella

      November 30, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      My brother, I tire o!

  2. hia

    October 21, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Me I just came here to read comments 🙂

  3. Jayjay

    October 21, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    I have lost soooo much respect for this man.

    So because poverty leads many people to steal shall we make robbery and theft legal? For such an intelligent man, your logic on this issue is incredibly disappointing. You chose to stay on the side of a terrible tradition that robs a lot of women of a future and decent life and in turn robs a whole community of brilliant minds who could be contributing so much more. Shame on you Sir. Shame on you!

    • fleur

      October 22, 2015 at 4:02 am

      thx JayJay. Let him just live and let live. We are tired of hearing his guilty conscience try to justify these things. Oga, carry all the girls wey dem parents wan dash you as Emir and leave us alone abeg.

    • perspective

      October 22, 2015 at 4:04 am

      @ Jayjay……….But SLS’s wife is not being robbed of a future. She’s getting a good life and good education….I think he is a better example for others that practice this culture to follow.

      How about many other men that marry older women and abuse them or stall their progress or get jealous when they become more successful? Some even murder their wives and accuse them of being proud….several examples…..who is advocating for them?

      By insulting and attacking SLS you’re digressing from attacking the people that are performing badly. He should use his own case as an example to teach others how to empower their wives.

    • Ashley B

      October 22, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      Fair play to u in losing your respect for the Emir. However, I suspect hes right in saying EDUCATION is the key here. Simply because when people are not educated, they cannot fight for their civil rights. and once you r not aware of those civil rights or how they can help shape the society you live in, You end up with a society as they have there in the North where Socially we in the South stereotypically refer to northerners as backwards!! As d article clearly says, only 23 states have taken the lawfully agreed 18 yrs as minimum age. I haven’t done the research, but i suspect the 13 states yet to adopt 18 yrs as minimum age are states that statistically have very low of Formal education Penetration albeit i stand to be corrected. Again, id imagine the North having more to do with that #Educatedguess or #Nobrainer

      I have also clearly ignored the two most obvious things that make Child-bride marriages appealing and persist in the North apart from the lack of education. They are, RELIGION and POVERTY. As there is no denying the link between these 2 phenomenoms!! but thats discussion for another day. Aint it?

    • Ashley B

      October 22, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      * For the sake of the Young people or not suspecting, the Word i was looking for was Phenomena and not Phenomenoms!! Not being petty? just needed to get that off my chest.

  4. TheRealist

    October 21, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    “’What does she do between the age of 11 and 18?” Go to go school, that’s what, Your Royal Scumbag…. smdh

  5. Tee

    October 21, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    How can someone say “…What does he do between 11-18?” Uncle really?! Come on. YOU TAKE CARE OF THE CHILD YOU PRODUCED!!
    It really irritates me when people who are going through hardship ,knowingly have children who they are then unable to provide for. Its incredibly selfish to bring children into this world,all in the name of displaying fertility; to then eventually marry these young children off blaming poverty.

    To all the men marrying children and labelling it as help to their families. If truly you care to help, sponsor that child’s education, provide materialistic support ,and help them become self-sufficient and useful to their families. Instead of robbing them of their innocence

  6. Becca

    October 21, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Yip yap yadi yah, according to historical record, Mary was just around 15 when God impregnated her so by divine command theory, if God wills it so, it is ok. When did constitution enter things, all that is just western import. We are a religious country, we follow the holy books, and culture. It is ok in both, we can’t follow oyinbo around in everything abeg.

    • Becca

      October 21, 2015 at 11:34 pm

      Preserve our culture!
      Seems to be the BN theme of the week.

    • californiabawlar

      October 22, 2015 at 3:04 am

      First question you should ask yourself before opening your mouth is what the life expectancy was at the time??!! what was the mortality rate?? Why must everything that is common sense be from oyinbo? ahn ahn!!! Why are you talking from your bottom-hole?! Jeez, you really ticked me off with this comment! How illogical can people be? Even before our very eyes, we’ve seen southern women marrying later, 25-35yrs, a change from the typical 21-26yrs just a little over a decade ago. People realize they can do something with their life before getting married and having kids, and bam!! there was a culture shift.
      Why are you encouraging Northerners and edging them on?
      What does an uneducated girl from 11-18 do? WORK! That’s what my primary school educated grandma did…she had a successful business, got married at 20 and kept growing it as a married woman. Why do these men only see their female children as a commodity or liability?
      What do they do between 11-18 years?? GO TO SCHOOL!! Isn’t primary/secondary school education free in North? these guys are nasty pedophiles takinf advantage of poor children, and you’re here supporting them in the name of the Lord, an event that was over 2000years ago….may God not punish you for your smelling analogy.
      Evolution is a part of culture!! No culture has stayed the same! When the white men brought thicker shoes to protect our feet from the elements, why didn’t we ignore it? When the Americans infused our drums and percussion into their music to create jazz, why didn’t anyone cry foul?
      I refuse to believe that Africa is a lost cause but when people that are seemingly educated still spew out crap like this I get a serious headache!!
      As for you Lamido, continue to keep the majority of your people in bondage so that the few mediocre ‘elites’ can keep sharing all the underage princesses among yourselves. Lamido ti te, ko dun’be. shior!!

    • diamondsare4eva

      October 22, 2015 at 10:05 am

      Thanks for this comment,honestly this mans stupidity is beyond my understanding. What does a girl do between d ages of 11 and 18 ???? did Sanusi really make this statement. For one she gets an education, bonds with her family,form friendships and above all have a childhood and learn how to be a young lady. This man is just making an excuse for him and all the pedophiles out there.
      When an 11/12yr old gets married, she may or may not have even started her period. At 12/13 her body is just beginning to change. 13,periods just started getting really regular and you are just learning about your body. And believe me, there is no way a 12/13 yr old will get married and the husband wont request for sex, is that not the essence of marriage. They shld stop that crap of not until she’s 18. Because i know many men aint that patient.
      She becomes pregnant, she may not even be aware she’s pregnant as periods aint so regular at 12, no mother to even see the signs. Just a stupid husband that has other wives and probably just sees her 1/2wce a week when he needs sex.
      Then she gets VVF,……………and a learned man like Sanusi feels this is okay.

    • Becca

      October 22, 2015 at 10:07 am

      All tongue in cheek but totally lost on but quite typical for an american aye. Stay bawling but don’t burst a vein over my post, i’m so not worth it. I’m neither a religious nutjob nor traditionalist. Save it for the many that are, this site’s full of them.

    • gia

      October 22, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      You are wasting your time…if she/he cant understand this by her/himself the he/she is a lost cause…

    • Idomagirl

      October 22, 2015 at 3:12 am

      But here you on the internet invented by the oyibo. Please stop using culture as an excuse to defend rubbish.

    • Idomagirl

      October 22, 2015 at 3:13 am

      *are

    • Becca

      October 22, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Me I follow oyinbo everywhere o, all the way to my father’s country. They are many steps ahead of us, it is good to follow smart people. Nigeria is yet to even enter their enlightenment period, calling on ifa priests and skydaddy to fight BH lol.

    • kanyin

      October 22, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Until I saw Dry(by Stephanie Linus) I didn’t understand how much damage child marriage does. I still shudder each time I recall some of the scenes in the movie. It’s a really horrible thing to happen to any child. HRH, please don’t take their childhood away. 11 – 18, they should be getting an education and developing mentally, physically and emotionally. Don’t snatch that away from them because of your selfish and evil cultural practices. It’s 2015! The 21st century. We should know better.

    • Krasavitsa

      October 22, 2015 at 8:51 am

      So because Mary was supposedly 15yrs when she got pregnant that means we should let our teenagers become mothers??? Plus, why do Nigerians say things like “We are a religious/spiritual people”? Who brought, nope, FORCED the religion on us? Now we cling to the same religion in order to do evil. Take a look at the westerners that brought religion upon us, how many of them still hold on to it? Smh, religious fanaticism is one of the major problems we have in this country that’s why this baba-agbaya will marry an 18yr old and still come and be talking major BS.

    • Becca

      October 22, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Just satirically speaking the language of the people, this site seems to be full of religious fundamentalists.

    • AB

      October 22, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Hi Becca. Are you 15 years old? How many years older than 15 are you? Would you let your own daughter marry in the year of our Lord, 2015 at age 15? If your answer is not yes, please keep quiet.

  7. Oga sanusi

    October 22, 2015 at 12:15 am

    This sanusi is not just making sense at all.give the children education,that is what they would be doing.perverted old man.

  8. Tayo

    October 22, 2015 at 1:42 am

    I think what the Emir is highlighting is the need for other structures such as proper funding for girl child education at grassroots levels and education of poor rural folks with limited exposure and and a mindset of “no other option”, in addition to the age requirement.

    • Ayoka

      October 22, 2015 at 2:56 am

      That’s what I understood too. Unless other systems work, child marriage will continue to be an issue regardless of the country. It is not as simple as setting a minimum age. Parents will devise a way around it.

    • nnenne

      October 22, 2015 at 4:21 am

      Ayoka my dear, heaven help those who help themselves. As long as we keep producing children like pigs, no amount of resources will do.
      Mr. Sanusi is on his to making twenty kids.The resources he will use for them should have been enough for about 5,6, or even 7 families. The jobs they will occupy should serve so many families too.
      I don’t get it when Northerners are shouting, “It’s our culture. ” All Africans share the same culture. Over time, other Nigerians have come to realize the adverse effects of this life style and are making changes. Child bride was once an Igbo culture too.
      Am sorry, Mr. Sanusi, you are not a good role model as far as this issue is concerned. The sad part is that you are a renowned economist.

    • DD

      October 22, 2015 at 11:01 am

      I agree but the truth is that HE should b championing those structures. He should be leading the charge to bring about change, rather than just highlighting the issues.

    • TheRealist

      October 22, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      He’s the Emir and was CBN Governor who was donating money like confetti, so what’s he “highlighting” when he can actually do something about it?

  9. " Deola

    October 22, 2015 at 1:44 am

    What if the idea ” We need to understand that the problem begins from the economy and from the management of the resources of the country ” is revised and we switch the economy to culture , as in “We need to understand that the problem begins from our culture and from the management of our cultural attitudes in the country with regards to a modern economy,” then possibly, we start to view and see things differently..

    He is more of a bullshitter to me.. There is really nothing original in his ideas , but he does seem to offer a lame justification for his activism on revenue sharing formula of government than a moral lens on what is within the purview of his authority in his cultural domain to help change or start a process of change.

  10. [email protected]

    October 22, 2015 at 1:48 am

    As much as I don’t support his logic, I think most of you misunderstood the “what does she do between 11-18” statement and are taking it out of context. He was speaking from the perspective of the man in the village. Basically, that’s what the illiterate village man’s reasoning would be, not his.

    Comprehension guys.x

    • californiabawlar

      October 22, 2015 at 3:17 am

      Ma’am I comprehend him clearly. He is justifying pedophila and child -marriage. He has done this essentially by not putting any responsibility on the village man who decided to have children he can’t care for. A village man who can’t provided shelter, food, education, a trade or even a land for the daughter to till until she turns 18. A village man who basically sells his daughter for chicken change that he’d be done spending in no time. A village man who also despite being poor himself will probably take a child bride even younger than his own daughters.
      You see, you can choose to read more into what he said or take it for the face value….whichever way you choose to go, Mr. Sanusi is not winning.

    • Idomagirl

      October 22, 2015 at 3:19 am

      Okay how do you explain him being against setting 18 as the minimum age for marriage? Abi did we miscomprehend that as well.

    • [email protected]

      October 22, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      Read what I wrote again. I said I don’t agree with him, but that particular statement/question is being taken out of context.

    • TheRealist

      October 22, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      @[email protected], so rather than task the so-called “village man” to try to improve the circumstances of his family by sending his kids to school (like many poor people have done in many other parts of Nigeria and indeed all over the world), he’s reinforcing a backward mindset. smdh

  11. who cares

    October 22, 2015 at 2:50 am

    nope ! [email protected] his meaning is far from that. but who cares thou is their way of life. foolish man.

  12. Yue

    October 22, 2015 at 3:17 am

    He seems to be deviating from the very point. He doesn’t really owe anyone an explanation for his personal life decisions, the people I would blame is the very shallow, crazy and really stupid government Nigeria has. Fine! She’s 18, no more a child. Very well, she’s happy getting married to a man his age and into such a large family. But the thing a lot these people who say these things seem to forget is how it will affect this young girl’s life! They are only happy being married at such a tender age because they were taught to believe it is a “good thing” to marry at such age and to a wealthy man. The government has to take into consideration the very many negative effects it has on female children. And don’t f**king tell me “he is allowed to marry many wives, if he can treat them equal”. Just shut it! We cannot continue deceiving ourselves about this mess. Any religion that has a negative impact/influence in the life of us Nigerians should be terminated. I mean that particular “thing” should be terminated, not the religion.

  13. Idomagirl

    October 22, 2015 at 3:18 am

    “The monarch, who was also against setting 18 years as minimum age for marriage, said the first step to addressing the issue was to address the root causes of poverty in the communities.

    “If you tell a man in the village, ‘don’t marry your child off till the age of 18’, what does she do between the age of 11 and 18?”

    I have no words. Why is he against setting 18 as the minimum age for marriage?

    • perspective

      October 22, 2015 at 4:10 am

      Idomagirl you’ve completely lost the plot…please read and read again….he is saying that setting the minimum age at 18 is NOT enough…..there has to be more to improve the situation. Many read to attack instead of to understand.
      I found his marriage also very disappointing but the world is filled with people of different ways.

    • honey omo lekki

      October 22, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Madam, did you read the post at all? He did not at any point say he is against setting the age at 18!
      Pls go over it again!

    • Idomagirl

      October 22, 2015 at 9:35 am

      How can you ask.me if I read it at all when I quoted that part of the article? Did you not read the first line?

      “THE MONARCH WHO WAS ALSO AGAINST SETTING 18 YEARS AS THE MINIMUM AGE OF MARRIAGE”

      Did you not see ‘against’ there?

    • What on earth were you expecting him to say?

      October 22, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      Does nobody know that Muhammad the Muslim prophet according to the Hadith Married Aisha when she was 6 years old and he was in his 50s and consummated the marriage when she was nine years old? and that during the years in between he had other forms of sex e.g. intercrural sex with her? How can SLS as a religious and political leader come out against something Muhammad did? There is a reason why the Qur’an isn’t the only book of scripture for Muslims, the Hadith (sayings of Muhammad) and the Sunna (practices of Muhammad) are equally sacred. Indeed in the Qur’an Sura 33 Ayat 21, it says “Verily in the messenger of Allah you have a good example for him who looks unto Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.”

      The issue in Nigeria is the conflating of different religions. We have been incredibly intellectually lazy and therefore we do not seek to understand things before commenting on them. The Emir endorsed amputation as a punishment for cattle thieves recently and people were asking why, the question is why the hell not? don’t you know anything about Shari’a Law? we all should seeing as our country is 52% Muslim! Instead of believing in this ‘we all believe in one God crap why don’t we understand that Islam is not a ‘personal relationship’ with anyone in the way that it is viewed by many southerners. It is a Religio-Political system. BN if you don’t post this comment I won’t be surprised.

  14. nnenne

    October 22, 2015 at 4:34 am

    The summary of the whole issue: If you don’t know what to do with your own child between 11 – 18 years you have no business having that child or marrying so many women.
    If you can take care of one, please have one.

    Even people with means should do family planning too. Let’s not make more children than our social services can sustain.
    There’s a reason smart countries/ economies invest a lot of money in family planning.

  15. Tosin

    October 22, 2015 at 6:19 am

    still free lifelib.blogspot.com.ng/2015/01/three-sisters.html
    perspective. very important.

  16. ifeanyi

    October 22, 2015 at 7:28 am

    As much as Condemn His Acts in Totality…I am ready to cut Him some Slack…

    Why?

    For the simple reason that she would become better person after all. She is 18 and has chosen this path for herself…no one forced her into it…

    The dominant narrative was these men would use them as sex slaves…that she would not be able to develop herself and her career..bla..bla…bla…

    She would go Study in the UK…for her Degree! Oh girl…don’t get surprised if you have to look for a Job in Her Tech Company! This is how the World Is…

    So, instead of drinking Pandol for a Headache that is clearly not yours…Worry about yourself!!

    • Confuzzled

      October 22, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Not every young girl will be lucky enough to marry an emir. The young lady in question (lol) is actually an exception to the rule. For many child brides, marriage only perpetuates the cycle of poverty they were born into.

    • Idomagirl

      October 22, 2015 at 9:36 am

      But she is an.exception, that’s the issue. How many other 18 year old (or younger brides) get the chance at an education, let alone in the UK?

    • nnenne

      October 22, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Ifeanyi… you forgot to add, “at the detriment of other families.”, who will not get anything because Sanusi needs a lot and has grabbed a lot.

  17. glow

    October 22, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Everybody hol’ up! hol’ up!…why is no one asking this important question; who invited SLS to an event where the protection of the girl child is being discussed?? Or did he miss his way and found himself there?
    There! I just asked the question…

    • Lady Mo!

      October 22, 2015 at 10:41 am

      HAHAHAHA… glow you’re a clown. I was wondering so myself. He was deliberately invited.

  18. glow

    October 22, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Everybody hol’ up! hol’ up!…why is no one asking this important question; who invited SLS to an event where the protection of the girl child is being discussed?? Or did he miss his way and found himself there?

  19. CLEMENTINE

    October 22, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Is this man contemplating marrying an eleven years old?.Why won’t he let this matter to rest.If Naija law no fit protect this girls from all these predator what of human right law?He should see the movie dry by STEPHANIE LINUS.Why are the Northern women not talking?

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      October 22, 2015 at 10:52 am

      My dear the Northern women on this thread will not talk because they are the very few whose parents have stolen, vanquished and impoverished the rest so that they can be marrying their underage children at will. If you go to the north you will cry, people like Sanusi has stolen both their brains and their resources! Vampires in human garb!..Kontinue.. you are asking us question. Child marriage is an African thing but people see the light and move on but wicked souls like Sanusi and the rest of the few northern elites. keep the people impoverished with wicked ideas such as this so that they wont see the light hence the rogues can keep the northern wealth to themselves. They perpetuate the Child marriage idea yet on Bella we see their girls marry at even 30s. Go to Bella weddings and check the society weddings from the north and tell me if you see any with a child. Evil Emir!!!

  20. Amina

    October 22, 2015 at 9:11 am

    SLS, you live in a glass house, it is wise that you are not attempting to throw stones…

  21. Krasavitsa

    October 22, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I still don’t get why some pple are saying “she’s 18 so it’s ok for them to be married”. Is it ok for your 18yr old to be married to an old man?? And I hate the part where he tries to justify his perverted actions with the koran, or says shit like “she’s going to study in the UK”. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that his other wives aren’t working (I think I read this somewhr, I honestly hope it’s not true) so we can conclude that sending her to study is a complete waste of time and money if she’ll end up as a “Royal Housewife”. If he really wanted to strengthen the bonds btw both kingdoms, he could have married one of the older princesses or married her to one of the younger princes in his kingdom. Smh, we can be such hypocrites! And to think Dabota Lawson has been criticized severally on this blog.

  22. tannie

    October 22, 2015 at 10:21 am

    “What will she do between the age of 11 – 18” Really SLS?
    Send her to school, that what a child that age bracket does. What’s the essence of bringing children into the world if you don’t have means of taking care of them. What happens to the girls that are not fortunate to marry an emir? Most child bride is just a cycle of continuous poverty. This is not a case of poverty because there are poor people down in the SE and SS but they don’t give their teenage daughters out for marriage.
    SLS if you and your fellow northern elites think poverty is the root cause, then build schools, set up scholarship scheme, give loans for business etc, this will go along way in alleviating poverty in that region.

  23. NG

    October 22, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Dear Emir, what you do for a child is groom them to aspire to great things in life. That is what the rest of the country does, to the best of one’s knowledge. You hear people advising youngsters these days that your background does not matter, you can dream and become whatever your mind can imagine.
    We have examples of people who have proved this advice true. GROOM your children to stretch themselves in the face of difficult family/national circumstances. Teach them the basic principles that make for success in life irrespective of family background and watch them thrive and bring you joy that comes from personal achievement against life odds.

    Grooming dear Emir, grooming is the problem. Groom a child to expect marriage at 12 or 18 as the hallmark of success and indeed you can ask the question ‘is any of the girls complaining’? Groom her to know she is entitled to aspire to land in the moon and that marriage will not be her benchmark for success anymore.

  24. Psychic

    October 22, 2015 at 10:49 am

    and this man used to be d head of central bank of nigeria?? o ma se o

  25. deedee

    October 22, 2015 at 10:51 am

    he’s a dirty man!

  26. DD

    October 22, 2015 at 10:59 am

    “What does she do between the age of 11 and 18????” She goes to school, dear Emir! What SLS should be doing is using his position of influence to promote education of the girl child, even in the poorest communities! There are many poor areas of this country where parents will spend their last kobo to ensure that their female children at least complete primary and secondary school before marriage. There needs to be a shift in the thinking of those who treat their daughters as property to be married off in childhood for the sake of money. An educated Emir should be focused on using his influence to change these harmful mindsets, holding government accountable to their duty to protect the girl child, and also persuading private individuals and companies to invest in education for ALL.

  27. Tumi

    October 22, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    All Y’all castigating the man for getting married to an 18 year-old should just shut up already. At what age did OmoSexy get married? Isn’t she still happily married and still standing. SLS married to an 18-year-old, so what? The girl still lives in her parents house and wouldn’t even move to her husband’s house until she finishes her tertiary education. Silly people spitting hell cos of another man’s marriage, go get yourself a man or a wife and let us rest.

    • Krasavitsa

      October 22, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Omosexy didn’t marry her grandfather’s mate. Besides this is 2015 not 1960, the fact that something was right a hundred years ago doesn’t mean it’s acceptable in this day and age. Gone are the days that women married solely for social and financial security or in this case “the unification of kingdoms”.

  28. niyoola

    October 22, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I read the first part and my understanding of it is different from what others are saying.

    He is saying if you dont want a child to get married before age 18, then make sure the child has something to do.
    Many of these illiterate parents think educating a girl-child is waste of money; so the alternative is marrying her off.
    But if you say the father shouldn’t marry her off, yet the father believes he cannot send her to school because it’s a waste, then what do you do?

    Ensure local govts and other institutions that are closer to these people have enough funds and common sense to educate them on the benefits of educating their child, making them learn a vocation (tailor, hair dressing etc).
    explain to them the stupidity that comes with taking your wife to a hospital and insisting only a female doctor can attend to her, yet you don’t want your own daughter to be productive.
    The Federal Govt is over bloated. They spend too much money at the top, it”s like an inverted pyramid when it comes to expenses; the masses at the bottom get the least, which shouldn’t be the case. Even the available schools are terrible, many of them teach in local languages, which shouldn’t be so. We have an official language.
    The cut-off marks for common entrance are ridiculous. Someone from Akwa-ibom has to score 130/200 to get into a Unity School, yet someone from Zamfara only has to score 8/200. How will person cope; what kind of knowledge will that child bring to the school?
    let me stop ranting abeg.
    As typical with journalists, the headline is intended to to be misunderstood.

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      October 22, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      Is Sanusi not the Emir? Is he not the traditional ruler of his people? Quick questions, What will Sanusi do if we start to practice real federalism and resource control? What will Sanusi do if Niger Deltans are allowed to start spending their oil money as they deem fit? What will Sanusi do? Let him start it, the easiest thing he can do is to encourage girl child education so that these young ones can bring in innovations and good ideas, not encouraging marrying them off to their grandfathers so that they will give birth to royal “Prince”. He is clamoring for more allocation so that he and other rotten northern elites can increase their Harem with the resource. Why does Sanusi have up to ten children and marrying another wife to produce more? Why? Someone earlier mentioned that the money being used to train Sanusi’s nuclear family which is as a community can train seven reasonable families. Sanusi is calling Federal govt, Pray what then is his work as Emir? Wearing turban, marrying children and asking us question abi? Nonsense!!!

    • nnenne

      October 22, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Niyoola… and Buhari would give the job to the
      Zamfara kid. by the end of the day. Wonder why Nigeria visit not working? ?

    • nnenne

      October 22, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Niyoola. ..and Buhari would give the job to the Zamfara kid by the end of the day.
      Wonder why Nigeria is not working? ?

    • TheRealist

      October 22, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      @niyoola, is he not the Emir and one of the greatest influence peddlers in Nigeria?

      If the Emir of Kano (second only to the Sultan of Sokoto in Northern hierachy) cannot use the influence and respect that his position enjoys in the North (and throughout Nigeria actually) to change the mindset of those who literally worship him and treat his words as virtually law, then he is not worth the space that he occupies.

  29. Ck

    October 22, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Exactly this is my understanding . He isn’t encouraging child marriage nor is he saying setting minimum age won’t help but he’s saying the key way to eradicate it is to have system/ infrastructures in place, reduce poverty, have affordable/ free schools for these girls to attend before 18 otherwise they’re at home starring at their parents or getting pregnant out of wedlock
    Can’t believe 99% of bellanaija readers didn’t get that hence cursing the man. I’m not sure what I think about marrying a girl who’s over 30yrs younger than you but that’s not the point hear he married a well travelled educated girl who was of age and knew what she was doing – married her mainly to create ties between two kingdoms, even the Europeans did that back when the royal families were more important for politics

    • Krasavitsa

      October 22, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      I understood what he was trying to say. He tried to assuage his guilt by spewing BS. What kind of an educated illitrate says shit like “train them till they are 18”?. Do boys get trained till they’re 18? It’s just like grooming the girl child and giving her basic education just so pple won’t say they didn’t try and then, BAM!, when she’s 18, she can be married off to a geriatric pedophile.

  30. ako

    October 22, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    The prevert now blames the economy for providing people like him more victims to prey on
    Really sir?????

  31. Fizz

    October 26, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I would really say, ‘this is the difference between the northern Nigeria and the southern part. i mean this is madness. even when the international law guides towards 18yr old for marriage, still some local Muslim/Islamic idiots and fool who take advantage of their so called religion and tradition still can’t think because that’s what they like. maybe they are the brains behind the stolen ‘chibok girls’ How can a girl who have not finished secondary school be able to nurse a baby properly parentally ? a girl who have not been able to wash her panties. Mehn i don’t like this…………… and for your notice am a core Biafran we intend removing the hand of a monkey from the soup before it turns into a human hand like sanusi’s

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