We keep building mosques but our daughters are illiterate – Sanusi
The Emir of Kano , Malam Muhammad Sanusi II, on Thursday called on wealthy individuals in the North to use the wealth Allah blessed them with , not only in building mosques but to also educate girls and discourage their early marriage .
The Emir made the call on Thursday in his keynote address at the 3 rd international conference on Islamic Banking and Finance , organised by International Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance Bayero University Kano .
He said , “ I’m just tired of people coming to me to say I want to build a new mosque. You know , we keep building mosques and our daughters are illiterate .
“ So , my appeal is that if you really want to help Kano , don ’ t come to me with a request to build a N 300m mosque because I have enough mosques everywhere . And if I don ’t have a mosque , I ’ll build it myself . If you really want to help , go and educate a girl child in the village .”
According to him , over 50 per cent of girls between the age bracket of 18 – 20 were given off for marriage in this part of the country .
He added that the worrisome dimension of it was that 75 per cent of them can neither read nor write .