June 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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Teenage bride kills husband over his sexual demands

NAN – The Plateau Police Command on Wednesday in Jos said it had arrested a 17-year-old minor who allegedly killed her husband over his sexual demands. The minor allegedly killed Lawal Bala, 26, in his sleep on their matrimonial bed on July 8. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Chris Olakpe, said the police had also arrested some suspected criminals. The minor, who spoke from the police custody, told newsmen that “he was sleeping with me six times in a day. “I kept complaining to him that I could not stand his sexual urge but he refused to ...

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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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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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#ChildNotBride: Stephanie Okereke’s new movie “Dry” tackles Nigeria’s controversial topic (WATCH)

I will preface this post by saying a big JOB VERY WELL DONE to Nollywood actress and producer, Stephanie Okereke, who is using her skill to shed light on the hot and controversial issue of child brides in Nigeria. Steph has just released the trailer for her new movie “Dry”, which tackles the dirty topic of Vesico Vaginal Fistula, a disease common among child brides. VVF is an occurrence of an abnormal hole between the bladder or Rectum and the Vagina, characterized by continuous and uncontrollable leakage of urine. A recent report from the National Demographic Health Survey revealed this ...

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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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#ChildNotBride: Petition to stop underage marriage in Nigeria has over 12,000 signatures; sign up!

A petition calling on the United Nations to “stop the Nigerian Senate from making underage marriage The Law” has so far received over 12,500 signatures and is looking for nearly 3,000 more. It was organized by an Eme Awa in Hyatsville in the United States and is ongoing on the website Change.org. The petition reads: The petition followed last Tuesday’s debacle in the House of Representatives – lawmakers had voted to removed a clause in Section 29 of the constitution that determines the “full age” to be 18 years, but adds that women who are married, be they 18 or ...

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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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Senator pushes to keep underage marriage legal in Nigeria (VIDEO)

A Nigerian Senator is pushing to indirectly legalize underage marriage. We wish he meant it as a joke, but no, Senator Sani Yerima, former governor of Zamfara State was not kidding. Yerima, by the way, is the same pedophile man who drew national attention and outrage when in 2009 he married a 13-year old girl from Egypt. Perhaps looking for ways to make that all better, he stood before his colleagues and pressed the Senate to reverse a vote on Tuesday that would in essence outlaw underage marriage. Let’s explain. Nigeria’s constitution had previously determined that “full age (when adulthood ...

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