Zamfara Government Marries Off 105 Young ‘Virgin’ Women Who Lost Parents To Bandits Attacks

No fewer than 105 young women were on Saturday married off in a government-sponsored mass wedding in banditry ravaged Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria amid fanfare. 

 

The 105 benefitting brides were orphans whose parents died as a result of terrorists’ attacks.

 

 

The mass wedding took place on Saturday at the Bungudu central mosque, under the watchful eyes of the member, representing Bungudu Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Abdulmalik Zubairu.

 

 

Zubairu told journalists that the gesture was for “virgins and not widows or divorcees”, stressing that a committee consisting of prominent scholars confirmed that benefitting brides were orphans whose parents were murdered by terrorists.

 

 

“We set out criteria for qualification, which includes, being an indigent virgin, meaning she’s never married, who wants to start a business,” the lawmaker said.

 

 

Fixed or arranged marriage, which often includes child marriage, is popular in Nigeria’s Northern region.

 

There’s also global condemnation against the practice.

 

 

In the recent past, Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy, took legal action against a similar move by the Speaker of Niger State House of Assembly. Mohammed Abdulmalik Sarkin-Daji for planning to marry off 100 girls.

 

 

The battle was however lost as the girls were eventually married off as planned according to the Islamic injunction.

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