100 Couples Tie the Knot in Kano

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100 Couples Tie the Knot in Kano
Wed 16-05-2012

100 couples got married at a mass wedding, at the main mosque in Kano, Nigeria on Tuesday.

This mass wedding was part of an Islamic police program, which aimed at promoting stable families.

The brides were the first set of divorcees and widows screened for marriage to available suitors.

"I’m in high spirits today because I have married the woman of my choice virtually at no cost because the government has shouldered the cost," said 55-year-old Sule Alaramma.

"The wedding was a product of a Hisbah programme seeking to match divorced and widowed women looking to re-marry with available men."

"It aims to address what officials say is a high divorce rate as well as to provide a stable home environment for children."

"Part of the goal is to reduce unrest in Kano, which has been hit by deadly violence blamed on Islamist group Boko Haram. Analysts say frustrated youths have helped fill the ranks of the Islamists."