Janine Sanchez Reimann, a 46-year-old woman from the United States, has finally tied the knot with Suleiman Isah, a 26-year-old Nigerian from Kano state, whom she met on social media.
The wedding ceremony, which held on Sunday at the Barracks Mosque in the Panshekara area of the state, had in attendance family members, friends, and relatives of the couple.
The pair’s love journey began in 2019 when they both met on Instagram, after which they exchanged pictures and continued an online courtship that would eventually be resulting in marriage.
Janine had, during a visit to Nigeria in January, revealed that Isah’s sincerity endeared him to her.
The mother of two, said to be a chef in Lindon, California, had also said that they had agreed to depart Nigeria for the US immediately to settle down after their marriage.
Isah, on the other hand, had earlier dismissed the age difference between them, arguing that “it’s even the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, Peace be Upon Him, to marry a woman who is far older than you.”
He had said that he cannot love a Nigerian woman again following his experience with the American.
Shehu Sani, a former Nigerian senator, who was among the prominent persons who attended the wedding, also addressed the controversy trailing the age difference between the couple.
The former lawmaker said Isah and Janine’s wedding should serve as a reference towards eliminating the barriers of race and religion in marital unions between Africa and the rest of the world.
“It is a marriage that is allowed and permitted by the religion of Islam. It is also allowed by Hausa-Fulani people of northern Nigeria,” Sani said while addressing Journalists.
“It should inspire other young people to put love and religion ahead of them before other considerations.
“There should be no age difference [issues] in marriage. It’s also a seed of peace, unity, harmony, and understanding between the white and black race.
“…between Africa and other parts of the world. And also between Muslims and Christians.”
It is understood that the wedding, which was initially slated for March, was postponed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), pandemic ravaging the world.