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The social media space has been thrown into controversy as a 17-year old boy named Aliyu prepares to marry his 15-year old bride named Aisha.

In their pre-wedding pictures shared ahead of their official wedding next week in Sokoto that is trending on social media, the couple was seen smiling together in a beautiful show of affection.

 According to a reliable family member who preferred to be anonymous, he said that Aliyu is primarily following his family long and ancient tradition of marrying early.

He further said that the official age for the male children to marry is set at 17-year while for female children, it is set at 15years.

Although in some rare cases, it is permissible to marry at the age of 19 years. He said the tradition came into existence because their ancestors wanted to keep the family away from adultery and fornication and also give them a profound opportunity of seeing their grandchildren. 

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