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Lawmaker sponsors mass wedding of 105 orphans in Zamfara state

Abdulmalik Zubairu, the lawmaker representing Maru/Bungudu Federal Constituency in Zamfara State, has sponsored the mass wedding of 105 orphans whose parents were killed by armed bandits in the State.

The mass wedding took place on Saturday in Bungudu town, the headquarters of Bungudu Local Government Area of the state, was attended by prominent personalities both within and outside the state.

Mass wedding is a common tradition in Northern Nigeria, aimed at supporting parents who cannot afford to marry out their daughters due to economic hardship.

The mass wedding tradition has faced a lot of criticisms in recent times.

Despite the recent criticism, Zubairu has sponsored the wedding of the orphans.

It was observed that the brides and the grooms were gorgeously dressed during the event which attracted the attention of thousands of people.

Aisha is a fifteen-year-old orphan from Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, told Channels Television that she was not forced to married her lover.

The same sentiment was shared by Halima, another orphan from the same local government

“It is my decision, no one forced me to get married. I pray for all of us that are given this opportunity and those that are not privileged. My advice is for them to try and get married.”

Halima said, “It is my choice, we appreciate this gesture and may Almighty God reward him abundantly.”

Also speaking with Channels Television, Jamilu Adamu, a 20-year-old, who is among the groom, said he had a choice of selecting his bride

“I selected my wife based on my choice, I will do justice to her because I choose her by myself as a bride, because we love each other.”

Speaking during the occasion, Hon Zubairu said he was aware of the hardship being experienced by those whose parents were killed by bandits.

He said he has also provided scholarships for over 5,000 students within the last one year as a federal lawmaker representing his constituency.

“My constituents have so many challenges, economically and insecurity, but with the help of Almighty God, we have done some certain projects to improve the welfare of our teeming Constituents.”

“We have built schools, hospitals and we have done our best in terms of students by giving more than 5,000 students scholarships within one year.”

“Today, we are witnessing the marriage of 105 girls which almost all of them have either lost their father or mother. So, by our tradition and our religious ethics, we know the responsibilities when it comes to the marriage issue that the parent had to undergo. So, we intervene and provide items to assist these couples.”

The married couples were provided with beds and mattresses by the lawmaker, in addition to N10.5 million paid as dowry for 105 brides.

Honourable Zubairu has also provided the sum of N100,000 for each of the 105 bride grooms and N50,000 to each of the 105 grooms to enable them start business of their choices.

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