Maiduguri -Â A Professor in the Department of Shariah Law at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Professor Muhammad Muâ€™azu Nguru has said that early marriage, early childbearing and lack of access to educational opportunities which are very common among the people in the North- Eastern region of the country, particularly the Muslims, have limited young womenâ€™s access to employment opportunities and left them to wallow in abject poverty.
The Professor stated this at a one-day advocacy campaign/meeting on, Promoting the Health and Wellbeing of Married Adolescents in the North-East, which was organised by the Community Health and Youth Friendly Association (CHAYFA) an indigenous non-governmental organisation in collaboration with Action Health Incorporated and The David and Lucille Packard Foundation.
He said, therefore, that the Quran does not set a minimum age for marriage, but it cautions that one should not throw himself into perdition or make his hands to commit what is detrimental or harmful to his body (Q.2:195.), especially as regards the forceful imposition of early marriage by parents, which is now common practice in the North-East.
Professor Nguru said marriage in Islam means â€œto join a man and woman together as husband and wife in a lawful way,â€ adding that Islam views marriage as a strong bond, a challenge, and commitment to life, to society and to the dignified meaningful survival of human race (Hammudah A. 1975).