Islamic police play matchmaker in Nigeria

Aminu Abubakar – AFP – Tuesday, 08 May 2012 (originally published 04 May)

Officials hope the programme will create stable families and reduce social problems. Image: Aminu Abubakar/ AFP File

KANO, Nigeria — A line of women wait their turn at a building in northern Nigeria, ready to participate in a programme local officials hope will bring two results: marriage and peace.

Love might have to come later.

The programme run by the Islamic sharia police in Kano, the largest city in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north, aims to match widows and divorcees with available men . . .

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