Over 8,000 women on Thursday marched to the Zamfara Hisbah Commission seeking the state government’s assistance to enable them get married, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Led by the Chairperson of the Zamfara Widows Association, Hajiya Suwaiba Isa, and their patron, Alhaji Sa’idu Goshe, the women said they were not leading a full life and needed husbands to become whole.
They said many of them could not afford two meals in a day because there were no men to support them.
The patron said the association had over 8,000 women, comprising 5,380 divorcees, 2,200 widows, 1,200 orphans and 80 others, whom he said, were looking for men to marry.
He said the women also needed assistance to purchase household items such as beds, mattresses and other basic necessities needed to move to their husband houses.
Goshe appealed to the commission to assist the association in screening suitors for the women.
He said the screening would determine the suitors’ health status, source of livelihood and ability to maintain a family.
Responding, the Chairman of the commission, Dr Atiku Zawuyya, commended the association for the initiative, saying it would assist in ridding the society of women of easy virtues.
Zawuyya promised to present the matter to the state government for necessary action, but urged the patron to also set up a similar body for men to make the pairing exercise easier.