April 25, 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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Senate says child marriage is outlawed in Nigeria, but 12 states are yet to adopt the law

Nigeria’s Senate already passed a law criminalizing child marriage in 2003, but to date 12 states have refused to adopt the law or enforce it on their turfs. Spokesman for the National Assembly, Senator Enyi Abaribe revealed this in a right of reply published by the Vanguard. In it, he defended the Nigerian Senate’s recent decision to leave in the controversial clause 4b of Section 29 of the constitution. Senator Abaribe said that section, which was under review two weeks ago, had nothing to do with underage marriage. “For the avoidance of doubt, at no time did the senators vote, ...

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#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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