February 22, 2017

A menstruating nine-year old is matured and ready for marriage – Senator Yerima (Video)

The media has been accused at every turn of misrepresenting the facts when it comes to issue of child marriage in Nigeria, and of making a villain of Senator Sani Yerima of Zamfara State, who is a firm supporter of underage marriage. But it is rather hard to misrepresent his recent comments on Channels Television. The former governor of Zamfara State championed underage marriage in his interview saying: “As far as Islamic law is concerned, once you have attained puberty, you are matured.” The reporter interrupted, asking that he clarify what he means by attaining puberty. “Puberty is defined by, ...

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Taraba’s Gov. Suntai is back and eager to work, but is he fit for office?

Taraba State’s recuperating governor, Danbaba Suntai is rearing to get back to work after suffering grave injuries in a plane crash last year. Governor Suntai is coming off a 10-month long medical treatment for injuries he sustained when a small aircraft he piloted crashed on October 25, 2012. He claims he is fully recovered and in a letter received by the Speaker of the House of Assembly in Taraba State, Harun Tsokwa, Suntai expressed his eagerness to return to office. Sahara Reporters, who broke the story, cites sources that claim a plenary committee has been set up to consider the ...

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INEC officially registers merged All Progressives Congress

The Independent National Electoral Commission has officially recognized mega opposition party, the All Progressive Congress. In a short press release, INEC stated that it has “approved the application by three political parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) – to merge into one”. “On considering the application, the Commission found that the applicant-parties have met all statutory requirements for the merger, and has accordingly granted their request. “Consequently, the Commission has approved the withdrawal of the individual certificates of the applicant-parties, and the issuance of a single ...

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First Lady “wants me to consult her from time to time” – Gov. Amaechi on the Rivers State crisis

Governor Rotimi Amaechi, in a very candid interview with TV 360, zeroed in on the cause of the Rivers State crisis and that is First Lady Patience Jonathan’s insistence on “playing Rivers State politics”. First Lady throwing a tantrum over Rivers State? In the no-holds-barred interview (SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH), Gov. Amaechi, who is currently suspended from the ruling People’s Democratic Party, made several hard-hitting allegations targeted at President Jonathan and his wife. Amaechi claimed the First Lady, who hails from Rivers State, expects to have a say in how the state is run and says President Jonathan is playing ...

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President Jonathan hails NASS on passing 2013 budget, seven months into the year

With only five months left in the year, the National Assembly has finally passed the amended 2013 Budget, a move for which President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed gratitude. Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly, Senator Joy Emodi, described the passaged of the 2013 Appropriation Amendment Bill as a “triumph of constructive dialogue”. Addressing the press in Abuja, Senator Emodi said: “I commend them for the eventual passing of the 2013 Appropriation (Amendment) Bill. This is indeed a boost for national development, as it will go a long way to keep the targets of the 2013 Budget on track ...

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Nigeria’s Senate to revisit underage marriage clause

Nigeria’s Senate on Tuesday denied supporting girl-child marriages following public fury over its failure last week to amend Section 29 of the constitution, which deals with citizenship, but has a clause in subsection (4b) that indirectly endorses child marriages as legal. Nigerians online and on the streets signed petitions protesting the Senate’s failure to remove the clause. The hash tag #childnotbride became a trend on Twitter. Many condemned the law as endorsing child abuse and child rape and likened lawmakers to pedophiles. Reacting to the public’s reaction on Tuesday, Deputy senate president Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who heads the constitution review ...

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Rewarding work? Nigerian lawmakers among highest paid in the world

Lawmakers in Nigeria are the second highest paid in the world, earning on the average $189,500 (approximately N30.5 million) annually, second only to Australia where lawmakers are paid $201,200, an Economist review of lawmakers’ salaries in 29 countries revealed. Not including their exorbitant bonuses, Nigerian lawmakers are the highest paid in Africa, followed by Kenya ($74,500) and Ghana ($46,500). Nigerian lawmakers earn more than the lawmakers of Britain ($105,400), the United States ($174,000), Germany ($119,500), Norway ($138,000) and a host of other developed countries. Please note, once again, that these child-bride-approving Senators and members of the House of Representatives in ...

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