A Muslim man, Umar Ibrahim, has taken to social media to call on elders in Northern Nigeria to speak against child marriages which he says are prevalent in the region.
According to the Muslim man, such is not in line with Islam but part of the culture of the people which has to stop.
Umar Ibrahim tweeted:
I want to go on my knees and beg Arewa Leaders and Mallams, please start speaking against child marriages. It is painful and hearts wrenching to see a child struggling to back a baby, and when I asked I was told it’s her baby. I was shivering in anger while sharing the gift money.
I asked and was told it’s a normal sight at the hospital. This isn’t Islam! This is your culture and it is barbaric. I’d rather not marry than marry a child. I make bold to say if you have a sister being married off at below 16 please runaway with her.
He went on to add:
Those predators will marry her, divorce her with pregnancy and she’d end up being that which you think you want to prevent her from being. We have them all around already.