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House votes on child marriages

23 July 2013, 07:31Augustine Osayande

Abuja -  A prominent member of the Nigeria House of Representatives vowed to oppose the enactment of legislation viewed by critics as promoting underage marriages.

Abike Dabiri assurred Nigerians she would oppose such moves as the House of Representatives was set to begin voting on constitutional amendments on Tuesday.

“I will certainly will oppose such and hopefully majority of my colleagues in the House of Representatives will oppose it when we vote on constitutional amendments,” she said.

Dabiri added that as a journalist, she had covered several cases of Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) caused by underage marriage and early sex.

“I have covered first hand many cases of VVF, a terrible medical condition that affects underage children forced into marriage early,” she said.

“Why then would we make a law that will destroy our girls, rather than build and educate them?” she asked.

Many Nigerians expect the House of Representative to vote against the underage marriage in order to throw out the resolution already passed by the senate last week.

The Senate is in support of marriages of minors, some as old as ten, if they felt physically developed and if parents consented to the marriage.

- CAJ News


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