Ever wondered the best place in Nigeria to get married with little to no financial cost to you? Look no further. There must be something behind Kano mass wedding that no else knows, so beneficial the state government keep pouring money into it.
The Royal Highness of Kano the other day gave impressive lecture on how the best to stabilise Nigeria economy given dwindling oil revenue. Emir Sanusi had lots of good advice including this paragraph:
“…I do hope that people will remember that ultimately, when you are part of an administration and do not speak when you should, then you have forever forfeited the right to speak. Loyalty is about telling your boss the truth.” Emir Sanusi.
Since we are all about telling the truth. It would be great if this message is repeated to the governor of Kano who is planning another 2000 mass wedding before the year ends, for the state’s divorced and widows.
How on earth is government sponsored mass wedding any beneficial to a state where significant number of folks live from hand to mouth? Why can’t adults get together on their own?
Since 2012 Kano has married about 5000 couples and gearing up for another 2000. I wonder how many couples have deliberately separated so as to get on the government sponsored wedding.
According to Dr Abba Sufi, Director-General of the Board:
Interesting point, wonder is the country Nigeria.
If prostitution is such an abomination in Kano, wouldn’t it be better to address the root cause of this? Many of those in prostitution blamed it on lack of parental support, poverty etc. Maybe what Kano needs here is to make it a law that parents must provide child support for all their children and continuing to do so before ever granting a divorce. There is a reason Kano has the highest rate of divorce in the country in the first place.
And of course if a teenager is forced to marry before she could think of earning for own upkeep then later chased out with two children at the age of 20, what happens to the children if she has to join mass wedding? Children likely to join Almajiri?
What happens to prostitutes in other parts of the country? The Obalende Venture, Edo joints? Maybe their governor to mass wed them as well?
Sometimes it is hard to understand what goes on in the mind of some lawmakers, if the government is so concerned about the welfare of the citizens in this case family unit, why is the same government not interested in making sure every parents are responsible for their children. If one is very poor which is not uncommon, then government educate and contribute towards family planning – that will be better for us all in the end, less recruits for Boko Haram.
I’m sure they’ll go ahead with this plan and then later tell the world how northern Nigeria remains the most marginalised.
Good luck to the prospective couples, I pray they get approval for Mecca pilgrimage next year too.