Businessman, Mohammed Yakubu marries off more 50 girls in Yobe

A businessman in Yobe State, Mohammed Yakubu, yesterday married off a set of 50 less privileged girls in Gashua town in the state.
This is coming a month after he wedded 40 internally displaced girls, which attracted thousands of well-wishers.
The yesterday’s marriage ceremony was held under the guardianship of Emir of Gashua, Alhaji Abubakar Umar Sulaiman, at his palace mosque in Gashua.
Yakubu Jacob’s new wives were mostly daughters of Internally Displaced Parents, orphans, and less privileged people who had suitors but could not have the means to marry them off.
While addressing the crowd that gathered for the event, the Emir of Gashua disclosed that all the couples had undergone genotype, HIV, and pregnancy tests.
He said the brides and grooms had been screened religiously to avert any chance that would invalidate their marriages.
He said, “We went to the extent of training these girls in different trades to make them self-reliant. That is why we came up with a council that would settle dispute between the couples, if any, because we would not tolerate divorce until necessary.”
The emir further thanked the businessman for relieving the parents of a “huge” burden, while appealing to the well-to-do to extend similar gesture.
He added, “Because these girls are due for marriage, they have suitors, but the parents have no money. This man did all the necessary things needed.”
Mr. Yakubu, also speaking, told journalists that he had received endless calls from girls to help them get married after he married off the first batch few months ago.
“These girls will call me crying for help that their parents have no means to marry them off. I know how it feels for a father to have a grown up daughter that is due for marriage but he does not have money to do that.
”Some of the girls even lost their parents and I don’t want their dream to remain unfulfilled,” he said.​

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