The Kano State government on Friday conducted a mass wedding of 3,600 men and women across the 44 local government areas of the state.
The wedding Fatihah was conducted at the palace of the Emir of Kano, Aminu Bayero, on Friday.
The beneficiaries, mainly young girls and boys, widows, divorcees and spinsters, came from across the 44 local government areas of the state.
Governor Abba Yusuf, leader of Kwankwasiyya, Rabiu Kwankwaso, government officials and religious leaders attended the ceremony.
Yusuf Nabahani, the Madakin Kano, represented the Emir of Kano and expressed the belief that the matrimonial extravaganza is a testament to the state’s dedication to promoting cultural traditions and social cohesion while providing couples with a memorable and cost-effective way to formalise their unions.
He announced that the festivities would continue on Saturday with “walima” (traditional feast) at the Government House.
The governor explained that the mass wedding initiative would not only strengthen the bonds between couples but also underscore the commitment of the state government to support its citizens and celebrate the institution of marriage.
“The event reflects the deep-rooted values and unity of the people in Kano State and highlights the government’s dedication to preserving traditions while ensuring a bright future for its people,” he said.
Musa Isyaku, a farmer from Tudun Wada Dankadai Local Government Area, lauded the political commitment demonstrated by Mr Yusuf.
“I have been planning this wedding for the last three years but keep postponing it due to lack of funds,” he said.
Abdulkadir Gezewa, whose three daughters and two boys were among the beneficiaries, commended the governor for releasing funds to purchase furniture and other necessary items for the ceremony.