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The Katsina Emirate Council on Thursday declared that the marriage between 14-year-old girl, Habiba Isa, and the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumin Usman, was irreversible.

The council said the marriage and Isa’s conversion to Islam were voluntarily and willingly entered into by the girl.

The council told officials of the Katsina State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, who visited Usman in his palace over the issue, that there was no evidence that the 14-year-old girl was forced to act against her wish.

The family of Isiyaku Tanko of Warkaza community in the Kudun Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State on Wednesday alleged that Usman forcefully abducted their 14-year-old daughter and forced her into marrying him.

She was said to have been abducted on August 16, 2016, by one Jamilu Lawal, an aide of the emir, who worked in the palace. She was converted to Islam and held incommunicado.

Isa is expected to clock 15 years on Saturday, October 15, 2016, and would have resumed school for the new academic term, but for her abduction.

She was said to have passed her Junior Secondary School Certificate Examination and was expected to start Senior Secondary School.

The incident was blown open when the father of the victim lodged a complaint with Stefanos Foundation, a humanitarian civil rights organisation, which took over the matter.

Isa was allowed to appear before CAN officials and others in the palace on Thursday, and was asked three questions by the Kaora Katsina, Alhaji Nuhu Abdulkadir, on behalf of the emirate council.

She was asked whether she was forcefully converted to Islam, to which she replied no.

She was also asked whether the emirate council or any other person forced her into the marriage with the emir, to which she also answered no.

The third question was whether by the time she met her husband, she was already experiencing menstrual period, to which she answered yes.

The Kaora Katsina said, “The three questions are in line with the dictates of the Islamic religion. Since Isa has voluntarily answered the three questions in our presence, there is no going back on her marriage.”

Abdulkadir explained that in as much as the emirate council would not want to be involved in the controversy surrounding the marriage, the palace of the emir was open to all Nigerians irrespective of religion and tribe.

A letter purportedly written by Isa’s father was read to the gathering, apologising to the emirate council for any embarrassment the issue might have caused it (the council).

The CAN Chairman for Katsina State, Very Rev. Nelson Ugochukwu, however, told the emirate council that Isa’s marriage did not have the consent of her parents, who he said, were crying for justice in Abuja.

The CAN leader said the association was not in support of the marriage and her conversion to Islam.

He said, “This girl (Isa) standing before us is 14 years. She is supposed to be in school and not given out in marriage.

“We are not pleased and we demand justice. Her parents are in Abuja, crying for justice. In my religion, you cannot give out any lady in marriage without the consent of her parents. This marriage does not have the consent of this little girl’s parent. The parents are not happy with what has happened.

“As the CAN chairman in Katsina, I am the father of all Christians in the state. Our people are not happy. The parents told me that the girl is 14 years. She is supposed to be in school. I want justice to be done in this matter. I want the emirate to look into the matter. To us, the girl is still a Christian.”


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75 COMMENTS

  1. No one has the right to abduct and marry off anyone whether the abductee is an adult or a minor. Reading this appalling comment made by this emir and some of the comments that some pathetic Hausa/Fulani Muslims have been making in all the series of abductions and forceful marriages happening in Northern Nigeria in recent times has finally convinced me that we don’t need to be in one country with these Hausa/Fulani Muslims. How can anyone on his right mind try to justify an abduction and forceful marriage of a minor to an older man?.

  2. But Emir has daughters that are more than 16yrs now…why are they not married yet???
    They are schooling abroad,its a poor man’s child that is fit to school in your bed..
    The thunder that will fire this man is still at NYSC orientation cam Kubwa doing press ups

  3. Who gave d child’s hand in marriage to him? Where in any so called law that parents consent is not needed in marriage agreement? Who collected d bride price ? state or emir himself. God alone will judge this oppression norm against d helpless, voiceless in Jesus name Amen

  4. Yabaleftonline.com and u people are updating it for us here? Dis issue is growing everyday nd it’s evil, Yabaleftonline.com is everywhere let’s protest via dis media till it reaches were it should be heard nd delt wit plzzz

  5. If these case should be a christain forcefully abduct a Muslim gal marry n convert her, all d Muslims will protest nd say the man in qestn MUST die nd the government will do something urgent abt bu revise is d Case here… may God help us (Christains)

    • he forcefully married her without her parents consent and converted her to Islam whereas his female children are schooling abroad if this had happened to a Muslim u people would have killed him by now. and yet instead of correcting him this is all u can say pray it doesn’t happen to ur sisters or daughter. he is worst than a demon. I wonder what they teach u people in dat ur religion

    • Yes is true 14yrs can get pregnant in everywhere,but both of them will be teenagers not great grandfather. Ha this is too much.

  6. Buhari,this is also a case of insecurity,I know your level of understanding will not allow you recognize this case but I don tell you sha!The under 14yrs girls are under attack by Muslims & Emirs & hausa men!

  7. Do we have government in this country at all? What is the minister for women affairs doing? By now this idiot called emir ought to have be removed and taken to court for abduction,rape and child abuse

  8. I know all this Baby Factory Products (that’s IGBOs) will be saying all the buroohaha, because most of them don’t even know their Fathers. You don’t know what marriage is all about. You bunch of ASHAWO.

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