…undergoing various treatments

During the mass wedding ceremony conducted for 1,800 couples on Saturday, the Kano State government announced that the ceremony for 264 couples could not go ahead because they tested positive for various undisclosed ailments and are undergoing treatments, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

This was announced by the Commander General of the state Hisbah Board, Sheikh Aminu Daurawa, at the the reception organised for the couples by the state government held at the Open Theatre in Kano Government House on Saturday.

According to him, a few days before the 1,800 couples, who included widows, widowers and divorcees, were to be joined together at the mass wedding, it was discovered that 264 of them tested positive for various forms of ailments.

Some of the couples at the mass wedding ceremony on Saturday. (Photos credit: Daily Trust)

According to the report from NAN, a news outlet belonging to the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Hisbah Board boss disclosed that the 264 couples are currently undergoing medical treatment, adding that after taking the medications and they are healed, a new date would be announced for their wedding ceremony.

The report read in part: “Daurawa disclosed that out of the 1,800 couples, the wedding of 264 had been suspended as they tested positive for some ailments and were undergoing medical treatment.

“He said after taking the medication, a new date would be announced for the wedding of the remaining 264 couples.

“The Islamic cleric pointed out that the wedding scheme had followed due and transparent process, commending the state government for the kind gesture.”

Also at the event, the governor of the state, Mr Abba Yusuf, announced that the beneficiaries of the mass wedding were selected from across the 44 local government areas and the 484 wards of the state.

According to him, not less than 30 couples were selected from each of the 44 local government areas of the state, adding that the state government took full responsibilities of the marriage, including payment of dowry, provision of furniture, foodstuffs and N20,000 grant for the brides to start small-scale businesses.





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