Commercial activities in the ancient city of Kano were brought to a standstill following a mass wedding that took place on Tuesday. Hundreds of thousands flocked into the city to witness the first mass wedding ever conducted by the state.
The Chief Imam of Kano Central Mosque, Professor Sani Zaharadeen, under the supervision of the Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, conducted the wedding. Click to continue reading...
The ceremony, which attracted notable clerics in the city, witnessed the joining together of about 100 widows and divorcees according to Islamic rites.
The State Government, with the intention of discouraging marriage collapse in the state, sponsored the wedding ceremony with the sum of N15million.
Over 1,000 divorcees and widows will be wedded in all, following a selection process called match-making, organised by Hisbah, the state's Sharia Law enforcement agency. Couples who had successfully found their match were asked to undergo HIV test in order to ascertain their status.
The spokesperson of the Kano Hisbah Board, Musa Tanko, said the event successfully wedded 100 of the 1,000 brides to men of their choice. He said this was the first batch of the programme.
Tanko said the wedding was slated for May 15, in order to mark this year's anniversary of the United Nations Family Day.