The 18-year old becomes the Emir’s fourth wife. She only recently completed secondary school.
In addition to his first wife, Sadiya, who is the daughter of the late emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, Mr. Sanusi has two other wives — Maryam and Rakiya.
The secret wedding was contracted in a low-keyed ceremony in the town of Yola on Friday.
The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, was said to have acted as the guardian for the groom, while his Adamawa counterpart, Jibrilla Bindow, played the role of the bride’s guardian, who gave her hands out in marriage to the monarch.
“His decision to take a new wife is in line with Islamic injunction. Islam allows having a maximum of four wives for those who can treat all of them equally and provide for a large family,” said a top Kano state government official who travelled to Yola for the wedding.
A social commentator, Dan’Almajiri Ibrahim, argued that in ancient times, links between empires were tightened by marriages among royals and nobles across boundaries.
“You see, historically, both emirates have similar origins in the 19th Century Uthman Dan Fodio’s jihad.”
A reliable source say the young wife will not move in with the Emir immediately but after some time.