June 26, 2017

#ChildNotBride: “A nation of perverts and paedophiles” – Femi Fani Kayode

Former FCT Minister Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned Nigeria as a “nation of perverts and paedophiles” after the country’s senators left in place a clause that legalizes child brides. The politician, in his lengthy opinion piece condemned the Nigerian Senate for failing to remove clause 4b of Section 29 that determines a woman is of “full age” if she is married, be she 18 or younger. While the section of the constitution deals with the age at which a Nigerian can denounce citizenship, this clause makes it acceptable for young girls to be given away in marriage. The Senate had moved ...

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Get to know the 35 Nigerian Senators in support of underage marriage

So Senator Sani Yerima is not alone in advocating for underage marriage. It turns out a total of 35 lawmakers in Nigeria are in total favour of giving away little girls in marriage. Underage marriage came into focus after lawmakers on Tuesday voted for an amendment to Section 29 of the constitution that would in essence outlaw underage marriage. The amended section of the constitution deals with who is qualified to renounce Nigerian citizenship and determines that the anyone of “full age” can denounce citizenship. The major amendment was removing Section 29(4)(b) which states “any woman who is married shall ...

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