Friday, 19 July 2013
Nigerian law paving the way for paedophiles? What kind of law states that ‘a woman is deemed to be “full of age” once she is married irrespective of the age she did so.’?
The Nigerian senate on Tuesday July 16th pegged the official marriage age in Nigeria as 18 years when they amended the constitution. Then Former Zamfara Governor, now Senator, Sani Yerima, who married a 13 year old Egyptian girl in 2010, opposed the age restrictions saying it was anti-islam. For some reason the Senate agreed with him and made an about turn, deleting the age specification from the new constitution and leaving marriage age for women open. They stated that ‘a woman is deemed to be “full of age” once she is married irrespective of the age she did so.’
In other words, this new law allows the marriage of under aged girls? Should this be allowed to happen? What about child protection? What kind of future are we preparing for the nigerian girl-child? Parents, what are your views concerning this? Mothers?