Why We Can’t Take Emir’s 14-Year Old ‘Wife’ Away – Kastina Emirate Council

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 organization, 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.”em09

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  • Cornel Nwankwo

    The Council is not serious, so because the girl voluntarily and willingly accepted the marriage at the age of 14years makes you people forget the fact that it is child abuse

  • kayode akinsanya

    Normal human being would not do that to 14year old girl, God dey watch sha

  • kingsley iheukwumere

    she has been brain washed and washed

  • chika bibian

    The man that took a 14 year old girl and kept in his house in the name of marriage is a sick pervert….. Not irreversible nonsense mtchewww

  • chika bibian

    So barbaric

  • Mezzy Gilbert

    What on earth does a 14yr no,this is abduction and they hv brain washed her

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  • emekachilaka

    rubbish abeg what next

  • Mitcheeeeeew rubbish irreversible nonsense…fucked up souls

  • badmos

    Dats just Barbaric and d little I know about Islam tells me u can’t force people to do anything. What we all don’t know, only God does.

  • WillieBravo

    Look at these clowns talking. I no blame una, na the banana Republic called Nigeria wey we see ourself na him I blame. I pity my country sha.

  • Olovo Obinna

    Dah….14yrs old…anyway,,na the religion n culture wahala

    • badmos

      My brother, an intelligent person is someone who act as if he or she dosent know everything. What they did is barbaric and it shuld never b linked to Islam. Things like dis dosent happen here in South West.

      • toney

        Don’t pretend u cannot see that this is purely islam if the emir who is supposed to be a custodian of d Islam religion n culture abducts a minor, brainwashes her n marries her says it’s not out of force. Pls tell me what force should better be described as and how less Islamic this act is. To think d little girl is even a Christian. What should come to mind here is if our Constitution has lost its supremacy or is it that our country has been islamicised while we slept n hoped that all is well with our Islamic president of Nigeria. Hmm I feel too much pain that adults will gather and say a child made a voluntary decision, same religion that children and females have no mind of their own and decisions are left to adult males, and marriage to this same people is a sole decision of the parents of the children even when they are adults. Is this not an irony or should we start looking at it from another angle of a “different kind of religious crisis” cos apparently, this is a recent development among the emirs. It’s better we open our eyes to d truth and bury sentiments where it belongs so that we can tackle this evil before it gets uncontrollable.

        • Cornel Nwankwo

          I still do not believe that the girl made such decision without any pressure on her to accept such, but even if the girl did such, the council are in their right senses to know that it is purely child abuse.

        • badmos

          The issue is, u don’t understand my comment. And am sure u are not used to where Islam is being practised. Don’t study d people who practice d religion sir, pls study d religion and see d truth for urself. Muslims don’t do dat cos it’s barbaric. Am a muslim and am telling u dis is not Islam and if u don’t believe me, keep believing what dese people do and claim dats how it is worldwide.

        • badmos

          Or can u say it was God who ordered some pastors who rape and sleep with anoda man’s wife? Just ask question regarding dis religion and let dem put u tru.

      • Cornel Nwankwo

        Their actions wasn’t the right one

        • badmos

          Dats wah I just said abi u no read am?

      • Olovo Obinna

        OK…if u say so