It was a day of joy in Kano on Tuesday when the Kano State Government sponsored the marriages of 100 spouses in a joint wedding facilitated by the state Hisbah Board.
The wedding which held at the Kano Central Mosque was supervised by the Emir, Alhaji Ado Bayero, and Secretary to State Government, Dr. Rabiu Suleiman, who stood in for Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso.
The colourful ceremony had most of the brides and grooms in white attire.
Two visually-impaired persons – Malam Adamu Mai Pada and Malama Batula Umaru – married each other at the occasion. They are both from Garko Local Government Area of the state.
The Director-General of the board, Alhaji Abba Sufi, said it was the happiest day of his life.
He said it was the desire of the current administration to see eligible spouses get married and live a happy life.
Sufi said there were no political considerations in picking the beneficiaries, explaining that 1,800 forms were distributed from which the 100 beneficiaries were selected.
He said very soon, another set of 100 spouses would be joined in holy wedlock in an elaborate ceremony to be bankrolled by the government.
The director-general also said marriage certificates were issued to the couples and that when the need arose for divorce, the board must be notified.
The beneficiaries also included two Christians, who are now Muslims. One of them, Isah Brakar, is from Langtang in Plateau state.
Most of the beneficiaries are those who could not finance their wedding.
For this reason, the state government bankrolled the preparations and marriage ceremony. It also provided financial and moral support to the beneficiaries.
The state government had three weeks ago approved N15m for the mass wedding.
Each of the spouses received N100, 000 as furniture allowance.
Another N20, 000 was provided for the wives to establish businesses of their choice so they could sustain their marriage.
A well-known Islamic cleric and business mogul, Sheikh Ishyaku Rabiu, also donated N1m to cover the dowries of the brides.