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In Nigeria, Senate Approves Marriage of Underage girls.

In a move that would be seen as the climax to an unfolding drama following approval of 14-year jail term for gays on grounds
of religious morality, the Nigerian Senate
has approved marriage for underage girls
also on the ground of religious morality.

Abuja – Ahmed Sani Yarima, former
governor of Zamfara state, who in 2009,
sparked international outrage after he cited
Islamic law rather than concupiscence of a
strange kind, to justify marrying a 13-year-
old Egyptian girl in violation of Nigeria’s
constitution, finally succeeded in getting his
colleagues in the Senate to approve
marriage for underage girls.

According to THIS DAY, the Senate, sitting to
consider recommendations of the Senate
Committee on Review of the Constitution,
had earlier voted to retain the section of
the constitution stipulating that a woman
shall not be qualified for marriage until she
is 18 years old.
The Senate moved later to alter the
provision after Senator Ahmad Sani Yarima
(Zamfara West) protested claiming that it
violated Islamic law.
In spite of a Senate policy prohibiting repeat votes on clauses, Yarima convinced his colleagues to strike out the age
requirement for women on the grounds that it was “un-Islamic.”
The drama began after the Senate passed
75-14 a proposed amendment that says:
“Any woman who is married shall be deemed to be of full age,” with subsection (a) defining “full age” as “the age of 18 years and above.”
Soon after the vote, Yerima drew his
colleague’s attention to item 61 (2.) under
part 1 of the second schedule to the
constitution which prohibits the National
Assembly legislating on matters pertaining
to Islamic and Customary laws. He argued:
“Under Islamic law, any woman that is
married is of age and if you say 18 years
you are going against Islamic law.”
Senate President David Mark responded
saying that the amendment had already
been passed through a vote and that in
keeping with Senate policy the issue would
not be revisited.
The Senate then went on to vote on
whether states should be allowed to
establish prisons. After a vote against the
proposed amendment, the Senate President
held back the gavel from the block and gave instructions for a second vote because of noisy distractions and inattention during the process.
Yarima saw this as an opportunity to
challenge the earlier decision not to allow a
second vote on the matter of marriage
age. He threatened angrily to walk out
from the chamber if his request was not
granted.
His demand led to a sharp exchange with
Mark, who insisted: “Senate can revisit it
once more but not now because Islamic
scholars can argue it and we can revisit
later.”
However, Senator Mohammed Danjuma
Goje (PDP, Gombe), accused the Senate
President of “double standard.” According to THE DAILY TRUST, Goje said: “Why do we have double standard in this Senate? On two occasions you allowed votes to be retaken on other clauses but you disallowed Senator Yarima.”
Mark responded: “I take serious exceptions
to say that I am doing double standard.”
Yarima, however, insisted that he wanted
another vote. Mark rebuked him sharply,
arguing that a second vote would have been unnecessary if he had raised the matter appropriately at the committee before it reached the floor.
He, however finally conceded, saying:
“Because of the sensitivity of issues on
religion I am revisiting it.”
A Senate composed significantly of men in
polygamous marriages voted 60 to 35 to
remove from the draft constitution the
requirement of 18 years for women being
married.
The amendment which faces a good
prospect of final passage after it is
approved by the House of Representatives
says that a woman or girl who is married
shall be considered “of age” by virtue of her
status as a married woman, thus implying
that even an infant shall be considered to
be “of age” once married.
The Nigerian Senate thus approves
pedophilia in the constitution after having
passed a bill declaring homosexual relations
between consenting adults a crime.
According to The Daily Trust, the National
Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in
Persons (NAPTIP) investigated the allegation of child marriage against Yarima in 2010, but Nigeria’s Attorney General at the time, Mohammed Bello Adoke, said the Federal Government could not prosecute him because the marriage was contracted under Islamic law, which the constitution
recognizes.

Coined from Digital Journal
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NO to Child Abuse.| The Girl child deserves the Best and More

Today I got a BC that said I should sign a petition against The senate Government for their approval of the bill allowing Marriage of Underage girls.

“What is this world turning into?
What is Nigeria becoming?”

•As I sit and think about this, Tears begin to drop.•

I started thinking of all the aspects of Child abuse, From Molestation, to Child Trafficking and now to Marriage of underage girls.

The society doesn’t have to bother only about what a child molested would be in the future, or the ills of child trafficking, now we have to bother about married girls who haven’t had the chance to undergo puberty, Girls who would start seeing their menstrual cycle in their husband’s house, Girls who would most likely have complications during labour, Girls who wouldn’t have the chance to interact with their peers in a normal capacity.

How is these generation going to be brighter and better if the children being raised are made to go through serious emotional trauma?

~~A molested child grows up to hate the sex that molested him/her or grows up thinking that he/she isn’t worthy or good enough and ends up misusing his/her body.
`The girls might hate guys and become attracted to girls, or they become sluts, feeling like they are not good enough for real love and relationship – they’d end up misusing their bodies.
`The guys would become sex maniac’s, using and dumping females, some would end up being gay because A female adult molested him as a child.
`And the one’s who are molested by an adult of same sex, has even more trauma to deal with.
If God doesn’t intervene, their future is drenched.
`A child who is trafficked forgets the value of life and self-worth. A trafficked child’s mind becomes fixated on money, they end up thinking that life begins and end’s with money and anything can and should be done with themselves or others to produce money.

This ills are still being dealt with. Laws haven’t been made, bills haven’t been approved. Measures hasn’t been adequately set in place to combat these and Now another has been added – the Marriage of underage girls.

Really? What are men looking for in children?
They don’t have developed Breasts or even vagina, so what sexual gratification do they get?
Is a thirteen year old supposed to be a wife and the maybe a mother? Really?

Nigerian would grow with this development?
What on earth are the law makers thinking?
Would they marry off their own underage girls?

So, females ain’t worth anything anymore in nigeria?

Education isn’t important? Food, Shelter, Good health, Emotional stability isn’t important anymore?
A girl child doesn’t need to grow up well like a male counterpart?

Girls shouldn’t go to school? They shouldn’t interact with kids of their age? They shouldn’t be allowed to be taught and seen through puberty by their mothers? They can’t be allowed to be naïve anymore at their teenage years?

Females are not integral parts of this country’s tomorrow?

Months ago, they signed in 14years Jail term for Gays and lesbians.
So marrying out young children isn’t as bad as (even worse than) Homosexuality? That’s what they are saying right?

Aaaaah!
I bleed in my heart for this kids that’d have to go through this.
I cry for this kids that won’t be able to fight, to say NO! To this abuse.

Please Nigeria!
Please Let’s help our Tomorrow.
Stop all forms of Child abuse.
Please.

The Girl child Deserves the Best and More.
Please.