Nigeria: Kano Conducts Mass Wedding for 1,111 Muslims, Christians

Leadership, Abuja –  The Kano State government yesterday conducted a mass wedding for 1,111 Muslim and Christian couples.

The wedding was conducted at the Kano Central Mosque and in various Churches across the 44 local government areas of the state.

The exercise is the fourth in the series of mass weddings conducted by the state government since 2011.

A total of 100 couples wedded in the first batch, while 250 couples wedded in the second batch and 1,000 wedded in the third batch.

The Director General of the Kano State Hisba Board, Alhaji Abba Sufi, told newsmen after the wedding that the Christian couples had their weddings in various Churches across the state.

The Hisba Board is a local Kano State police mandated by the government to check cases of indiscipline and vices among the people.

The board’s director general said health checks were conducted on the couples by experts at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and other Non-Governmental Organisations before the wedding could take place.

He added that “our office, in conjunction with health experts and medical personnel from the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, conducted the health checks. We found some to be HIV positive and some pregnant.

He noted that all necessary activities and obligations required in a wedding were provided by the state government to ensure a binding and religiously acceptable marriage.

“For those with HIV, we were able to match them with other persons with same challenges, while the pregnant women were disallowed because it is against the criteria,” he said.

The state Governor, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso, represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, urged the beneficiaries to “obey the call of Allah and respect each other.”

 

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