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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Nigerian Senate Approves Marriage for Under-age Girls

The Senate of Federal republic of Nigeria has approved the marriage of under-aged children irrespective of their age in the country.

This new law will cancel the 18 year-old rule for any Nigerian child to qualify to engaged into a conscious agreement of marriage.

The Senates claimed that a woman is deemed to be full of age once she is married irrespective of her age.The Proponents or supporters of the under-age marriage rule includes Senator Yerima Ahmad Sani, Zamfara West, who claimed that the provision which stipulates a certain age for women before getting married, was at variance with Islamic law.

The resolution was made by lawmakers on Tuesday after a vote on recommendations of the Senate Committee on the Review of the Nigerian Constitution.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director of PROJECT ALERT on Violence Against Women, Josephine Effa-Chukwuma, described the resolution as a selfish one.
She said that (the resolution) would contradict the Child Rights Act which stipulated that “a child is anyone below the age of 18″.

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