So, I came across some really really really(I can’t stress enough how disturbing I find it) seriously shocking news yesterday.
The Nigerian Senate in reviewing the constitution has just approved removal of any sort of protection for female children. That would mean that men have the right to marry any Nigerian female they want, even a child as young as 10 years old!!! I seriously can’t seem to wrap my mind around this. It just makes absolutely no sense… who thought this up? What was his reason?
Here is the senate’s new rule verbatim “The Nigerian Senate also resolved to alter Section 29(a) of the constitution that stipulates that a woman shall not be qualified for marriage until she attains 18 years as they deleted age specification for women being married from the draft constitution and left the marriage age for women open. The Senate claimed that a woman is deemed to be “full of age” once she is married irrespective of the age she did so.”
Somebody please tell me what this means?!
It’s so stupid, I just want to scream because I can’t seem to get words together coherently on this issue. All that’s running through my mind is “why?” “what sense does this make?” “would this people actually allow their own children be married off at an age as young as 10?”
Plus is this really what the Nigerian Senate should be focused on right now? In my opinion, the Nigerian government spends too much energy on very stupid things while ignoring the real issues that need addressing. Like passing a bill that supports compulsory education? Something? that makes some sense?
There is an online petition that was started my Eme Awa on Change.org against this bill, please find the link below and sign, lend your voice to stop this evil thing (my opinion, if someone has an opposing view, I would love to hear it)
Nigerians, (and everybody else who sees this for the madness it is) let’s stand together once again and fight this barbaric act by the Nigerian Senate and protect the girl child.
Over 9,000 signatures are still needed, so let’s get to it and recruit as many people as we can to also sign and support this cause.
My name is Adeola Matemilola and I join Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde in saying No to pedophilia and No to the senate Bill endorsing Child marriage in Nigeria.
Thank you so much