29 January 2013

Nigeria: Binji LG Slashes Bride Prices to N40,000, N15,000

Sokoto — Apparently worried by the high cost of marriages in Sokoto State, the Binji Local Government Area in the state has now pegged bride prices to between N40,000 and N15,000 for eligible spinsters and divorcees.

According to the Chairman of the Local Government, Alhaji Umar Tudun-Kosai, those interested in marrying spinsters would pay N40,000 only while divorced women would attract N15,000, pointing out that decision was in line with Islamic injunction which encourages modesty in everything that any Muslim does.

He said: "This is sequel to the promulgation of the bye-law recently enacted by the local government to curb the menace of extravagance in marriage, naming and other religious ceremonies."

He adding that a committee has been apponited to enforce the provisions of the law.

Tudun-Kosai also explained that two rams are allowed to be slaughtered for a maiden birth while only a ram is allowed to be slaughtered for the second or subsequent births. "These events and activities are important in the society and the people should be made to observe them with relative ease," he stressed and appealed to the people of the area to support the move to reduce extravagance in marriages, naming ceremonies among other social obligations.

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