October 14, 2016

Update: Emir's Marriage to 14yrs Old Christian Girl Must Stand

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

The council is said to be claiming that 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 area of Katsina State on Wednesday alleged that Emir 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.

Habiba will 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 case was blown open when the father of the girl lodged a complaint with Stefanos Foundation, a humanitarian civil rights organisation, which took over the matter.

Habiba was allowed to appear before CAN officials and others in the palace on Thursday, and was asked 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 council said, “The three questions are in line with the dictates of the Islamic religion. Since she has voluntarily answered the 3 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 Habiba's father was read to the gathering, apologising to the emirate council for any embarrassment the issue might have caused it (the council).

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

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

“This girl (Habiba) 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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maryam sadisu said...

A girl of 14 is still a child! She does not have a mind of her own, I don't know y Hausa's are this heartless.

eniola lawal said...

Ahhh this is bad oo she is too young

Anonymous said...

Where on earth is our President, DSS, Inpector General of Police with this brazen sacriledge and insult on our colective physique.

Our V P must speak up against this wicked arrogance perpetuated Christians. A law against these unrepentant paedophiles should be put in place immediately.

I wonder the kind of mindset the people of Katsina emirate possess; a people who stays as subjects to a king who forcefully and shamelessly marries a school child who is supposedly an "infidel".

This man should be castrated and banished. He is a shame to the Royal institution.

Anonymous said...

Please this is not right. Release the girl to her family she is too young to make that decision.


Joechimez Akam said...

How do we escape from such evil which has visited us! A grandfather marrying a 14 year old! If this is Islam, well they all need to test Christianity.

Anonymous said...

Uncle Olu i would advise that you retrieve this story and apologise to the Emir and the Emirate Council for this embarassing piece. This is very ridiculous, do something asap because it is a very big lie all through

Remi Abioye said...

These people are ANIMALS - abducting and marrying someone's daughter without her parents' consent. It's like we don't have laws in this country again. Else all concerned (including the Emir) should be arrested and charged to Court IMMEDIATELY. They are the real BOKO HARAM.