Buhari’s 74 year-old minister Nanono marries 18 year-old girl

Nanono and his 18 year-old wife Rakiya
Nanono and his 18 year-old wife Rakiya
Nanono and his 18 year-old wife Rakiya
Nanono and his 18 year-old wife Rakiya

Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, the 74 year-old minister of agriculture has reportedly married an 18 year-old lady from Kaduna.

The secret wedding happened Saturday in Jere town of Kaduna State, with few people as witnesses, reported Daily Nigerian.

The young wife, identified as Rakiya, has just left school and has already settled in the minister’s Tamandu Close residence in Kano.

The newspaper said Nanono’s family kicked against the wedding on account of the 56 year-gap between them.

Little is known about Nanono’s family.

But according to his biography published by his ministry, he is married and has many children.

He was born in Tofai, Gabasawa Local government area of Kano State on 11 April 1946.

He is now the village head of Tofai.

He attended Zakirai and Gwarzo primary schools, Birnin kudu Secondary school, Government College Kano from there he proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained Bachelor Degree in Business Administration in 1972.

In 1977, he obtained his Master’s Degree in public policy and Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison USA.

Nanono attended an Advanced Management Course at Harvard Business School, Boston Massachusetts in 1994.

He was a University lecturer, civil servant, a banker who rose to the position of Managing Director of African International Bank (AIB).


  1. Child abuse and abductions goes on daily in Nigeria. Boko Haram is at the top of the list of molesters and abusers and murderers of minors in the nation. But it is not Boko Haram because senators, legislooters and even ministers in the government of Muhammadu Buhari are also abusing and molesting children with no fear of consequences – which surely enables and encourages these Buhari loyalists to take under aged girls and claim to marry them. How on earth can an old man in his seventies take a minor for wife?

    She is a child, a baby still and a growing daughter who cannot be mature enough for marriage or the duties of a wife until she reaches at least 20/21. So it is shocking. annoying and very unacceptable to read the news of Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, a 74 year-old minister of agriculture in Buhari’s government getting married to an 18 year-old girl, Rakiya from Kaduna. 18 years old girls are still too young to marry, I my believe. Nanono is already married (to how many wives so far?) and has several children (one, two dozens?) The whole idea of this geriatric taking a child wife is just so disgusting and disturbing.

    Mr. Nanono, you do not have the right to take your great granddaughter to wife. Nanono has no shame at all and he should be removed from office as a warning to other idiotic men who defile babies. There should be a law to protect minors from being forced into early marriage. There should be age limit to protect our children from the likes of Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono. Can the police in Kano visit Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono’s residence on Tamandu Close and remove this child?

  2. Unfortunately, writers here are are against the action of Mr. Nanono. How about the family of the girl. Were the forced into releasing their daughter? If the girl or lady is not interested, why not just bolt away? there are so many organisations that can fight to protect her against forced marriage. To me, it is clear the girl wants the good things of life without any stress hence her decision to also accept to be the wife. If she was also brainwashed by the culture or dictates of her religion, then let’s leave her to face whatever she gets in the marriage.

  3. Oftentimes, many people spend their money on things that could be detrimental to their health. One keeps wondering what benefits he hopes to derive from marrying someone who is not even up to his granddaughter in terms of age.
    While it is not against his religious beliefs, my real concern is that it won’t be easy for him to cope with her other room demands and this lack of satisfaction could lead to major matrimonial riftst

  4. This is publicity gimmick right? In this day and age? A man almost in his grave with a young girl in her prime. Very soon she’ll be accused of cheating. What do you expect? You have enough strength to service her? What is wrong with these old ‘money miss road’ men?
    That is a child! Could be your great grandchild! Would you want same fate for your grand babies?
    God Dey.

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