Former Central bank Governor and the current Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has taken Sa’adatu Barkindo-Musdafa, the daughter of the Lamido of Adamawa as his fourth wife.
Sa’datu Barkindo Musdafa is reportedly 18 years old and only recently completed her secondary education. His recent marriage has drawn the ire of many, sparking diverse reactions on Twitter.
Many insist that Sa’datu is too young to be married to Emir Sanusi who is 54 years old and the #ChildNotBride hash tag even managed to surface in most discussions.
Despite the fact that under Nigerian law, the age of 18 is the benchmark for entering into a marriage contract, commentators have argued that by wedding such a young girl, Emir Sanusi is sending the wrong message. Some of the arguments acknowledge that although she is old enough to enter into a marriage by law, such marriage can affect her furthering her education.