The emir of Kano Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II has called on wealthy northerners to stop building mosques.
He also asked them to stop the early marriage of the girl child and start educating them rather.
He said a majority of these girls can barely read and write.
He made the call on Thursday in his keynote address at the 3rd international conference on Islamic Banking and Finance.
The conference was organized by the International Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance, Bayero University, Kano.
“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 illiterates.
“You know, we keep building mosques and our daughters are illiterates.
“So, my appeal is that if you really want to help Kano, don’t come to me with a request to build a N300 million mosque.
“This is 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% of girls between the age bracket of 18 and 20 were given out in marriage in this part of the country.
He added that the worrisome dimension of it was that 75% of them could neither read nor write.
The emir also called for a review of laws to prevent early marriage and encourage girl-child education.
“It is not a mere coincidence that this is where you have the highest levels of illiteracy.
“We also have the highest numbers of early marriages, divorce, and domestic violence,” the monarch lamented.