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Some Islamic clerics have said Yunusa, aka Yellow’s involvement in the abduction of Ese Oruru, the 14-year-old girl, is outrightly against Islamic practices.
It would be recalled that the teenager had been abducted by the said 25-year-old Yunusa from Bayelsa state to Kano state and had forcefully converted her to Islam, married her and afterwards got her pregnant.
In a chat with The Nation, one of the clerics, Imam Abdullahi Shuaib, Lagos Coordinator Conference of Islamic Organisation, condemned Yunusa’s act and involvement in the abduction.
According to Shuaib, “The action is criminal and never an Islamic agenda. Islam does not encourage such a thing.
“It also shows the gravity of moral loss in the society. Having a conjugal relationship with a minor is a sin against God, humanity and the society at large. We need to get medical experts to assist the girl to carry the pregnancy safely,” the Coordinator stated.
Dr Luqman Abdurraheem, the National Amir of The Muslim Congress, TMC, said, “In Islam, abduction is illegal. To now abduct and marry the victim is a higher illegality. The authorities in Kano ought to report the matter to the police. They claimed that they did but I doubt it.
“The man’s action is very wrong. It paints a bad picture of Muslims in that part of the country. To marry in Islam, you must get the consent of the parents. You cannot claim to have married any woman when you don’t have the consent of the parents,”the Amir added.
In his view, Dr Tajudeen Yusuf, a senior lecturer at the University of Lagos State, said the issue is getting too much attention than it deserves.
“I don’t think the attention we ae giving this issue is worth it. Yunusa’s action cannot and should not be associated with Islam. It should also not be seen as a cultural thing. Anybody could have done it.
“What were the parents when she was taken away. How soon did they become aware that she was missing and did they report to the police? It is a messy affair. I will reprimand the parents for keeping quiet all along. Yunusa on his part is a criminal,” he stated.
Also condemning the ‘illegal’ act, Mallam Saheed Ashafa, the Amir, Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, MSSN, Lagos State area unit opined that the truth about the story has not really been unraveled.
Ashafa said, “There is so much discrepancy from what all the parties concerned are saying. Consequently, it is not proper for one to pronounce judgment on any of them.
“It is wrong to force somebody to marry you. It is ethically and morally wrong. Parents too also have good lessons to learn from it because Ese’s parents from all indication are guilty of negligence for the child to have gone out without their knowledge.
“Taking it from the face value, the action of Yinusa is wrong.
“Appropriate sanction should be meted out to him. The youths have a lot of lessons to learn from the incident. It reinforces the need for every young man to follow due process in issues of marriage,” he added.