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Outrage at Senate endorsement of minor marriages

22 July 2013, 07:36Emeka Adebanji

Abuja - Prominent Nigerian women condemned the Senate's resolutions that legalise underage marriages.

The women rejected the recent resolution passed by the senate to retain the provision of Section 29 Sub-section 4 (b) of the Constitution, which states that any woman who is married shall be deemed to be of full age.

Nigerian actress and Amnesty International activist, Omotola Ekehinde, charged Nigerians to challenge the position.

“I made it this far in life because I was not given off in marriage before I was 18 years.

"I am disappointed that the Nigerian Senate for embracing laws that encourage marriage to girls under the age of 18," she said at the weekend while delivering an acceptance speech after being presented with an award for her outstanding achievements in the modelling industry.

A social commentator, Ezekiel Nwakwe, said, “Anybody who supports the underage marriage is evil and will face the anger of God why still alive”.

A female human rights lawyer based in Abuja said the endorsement by the Senate encouraged some form of slavery.

“There are millions of grown up females to marry in the country. Why then impose marriage on a child that cannot make her own decision?" she quipped.

- CAJ News


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