No fewer than 125 couples were at the weekend joined in a mass wedding conducted by Sokoto State.
Governor Aliyu Wamakko and Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar III presided over the ceremony.
Sultan Abubakar was represented by the Magajin Rafin Sokoto, Alhaji Rilwanu Bello.
Government House Mosque Sokoto where the wedding Fatiha took place attracted well wishers.
Sokoto state deputy governor, Alhaji Mukhtari Shagari and the Speaker, Alhaji Lawalli Zayyana, were prominent personalities that also assisted Wamakko and Sultan Sa’ad to conduct the wedding.
Wamakko explained that the gesture was aimed at further reducing the problems associated with the high number of unmarried youths.
He called on the couples to uphold the trust reposed in them by the state government.
Wamakko further appealed to wealthy individuals to complement the efforts of the state government in this direction.
“I must also urge the beneficiaries to engage in meaningful activities rather than idling away or engaging in executive begging,” Wamakko further stated.
Abubakar, while applauding the gesture, commended the state government for the purposeful commitment, adding that” it will further reduce the problems associated with the non marriage of youths.”
He expressed worries over the traditions that tend to prevent some youths from getting married.
Commissioner for Social Welfare, Alhaji Zubairu Yari, said that the mass wedding gesture gulped N30 million.
One of the couples, Dahiru Mohammed and Amina Shehu, scored the state government high for the gesture, promising to uphold the trust and confidence reposed in them.