20 of 125 mass marriages in Sokoto fail – Official

No fewer than 20 out of the 125 mass marriages contracted and sponsored by the Sokoto State government in January, 2014, have collapsed, an official has disclosed.

The organiser of the marriage and Chairman of the state’s Sunnah Marriage Mediation Council, Aliyu Kofar-Rini, disclosed this in Sokoto on Saturday while commenting on the current state of the marriages.

He told journalists that the state government had in January, 2014 spent over N30 million in sponsoring the mass marriages of 125 couples.

“The state government paid the dowries and provided all the wedding cloths and materials for both the 125 grooms and 125 brides.

“Out of these marriages, 20 had since collapsed leading to divorces, sequel to mainly unemployment and other problems such as incompatibility of the couples,” he added.

Mr. Kofar-Rini also said that the council now works round the clock to ensure the remaining 105 mass marriages succeed.

The chairman said the council had concluded arrangements for the conduct of the second phase of such marriages among 250 couples.

(NAN)


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  • Hcredo

    It’s like a desperate attempt to quench a raging fire without giving heed to what is fueling the flames in the first instance. The marriages will fail en-mass in a similar manner the weddings were conducted, easy come easy go…

    • Bin Fodio

      Let’s not forget that this is an experiment in an attempt to solve a societal problem. Only time will tell but if they are able to maintain the remaining couples under bond, then they have achieved 84% success rate which is still quite good. Furthermore, if lessons can be leant from the couples that failed and separated and corrective measures are taken to forestall future re-occurrence then that should push the success rate even higher. In general, the effort has so far been commendable and rather than pessimism, they should be encouraged and assisted with ideas and suggestions on how to improve.

      • Hcredo

        In my view, a better approach would be to address the root causes of marriage failure, rather than financing the marriage of maidens and re-marrying of divorced women only to have them bastardized and divorced a year later, further exacerbating the problem. We cannot be experimenting with the lives of people. A Northern Muslim state has over a million divorcees and still counting, yet the only thing the authorities can think of is how to get the divorcees off the streets, as if they are in a hurry to cover their shame. We don’t need an experiment to answer societal problems such as: a) Why are most women in the North emotionally abused and neglected by their husbands?, b) Why do Northern men indulge in one-night stands under the guise of marriage (by marrying and divorcing women more frequently than they change their undergarment (‘aure-sake’ is what it’s called)? c) Why would a man who has married and divorced over 7 women before he is 40 is still given a maiden’s hand in marriage? d) Why are parents so eager to transfer the responsibility of their daughters to the shoulders of any ready man? e) Why are the majority of Northern men insecure about their women having a career and financial empowerment?
        The answers are simply: Poverty of parents (educationally and materially); the insecurity of Hausa men, and restriction of the empowerment and self-development of women.
        Perhaps if the parents where economically well-off and educated in their religion, they would take their time to assess a man’s character and pick a suitable God-fearing husband for their daughters. And perhaps if the men were not so insecure, they would not put their selfish needs ahead of their obligations to their religion, family and society. And if the women were educated and economically self-reliant, they would be better placed to set boundaries, respect their own boundaries and make their own life decisions, because knowledge and money buys you options. I hope you would agree that the re-orientation of society to take care of the weak among them and respect individual (whether male or female) rights that are sanctioned by Islam is the first step in the right direction.