The Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II, on Thursday at the 3rd international conference on Islamic Banking and Finance, organised by the International Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance, Bayero University, Kano called on wealthy Northerners to not
only build mosques but to use their resources in educating young girls.
In his keynote address, he said, “I’m just tired of people coming to me to say I want to build a new mosque. You know, we keep building mosques and our daughters are illiterates.”
“So, my appeal is that if you really want to help Kano, don’t come to me with a request to build a N300m mosque because I have enough mosques everywhere. And if I don’t have a mosque, I’ll build it myself. If you really want to help, go and educate a girl child in the village.”
According to him, over 50 per cent of girls between the age bracket of 18 and 20 were given out in marriage in this part of the country.
He added that the worrisome dimension of it was that 75 per cent of them could neither read nor write.
He also called for a review of laws to prevent early marriage and encourage girl-child education.