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#ChildNotBride – “As a true Yoruba man, I didn’t Intentionally Vote in Support of Child Marriage” – Nigerian Senator Weeps & Apologizes for Controversial Vote

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Ayo AkinyelureSenator Ayo Akinyelure representing Ondo Central in the Nigerian Senate has apologized and is attempting to distance himself from the “#ChildNotBride” Controversy.

Senator Akinyelure made these statements following a peaceful protest by his constituents in Akure, Ondo State.

According to the Channels TV Online report,

“Summoned by the constituents to a meeting held at the Cultural Centre Auditorium, Akure, which is also the Senatorial headquarters, Mr Akinyelure regretted the act and apologised to the people, explaining that he cast the vote in error.

He emphasised that as a true Yoruba man, he wouldn’t have intentionally voted in support of child marriage.

He said there is still hope in correcting the situation as the bill will still be passed at the House of Representatives and the States Houses of Assembly.”

Below is the official press release from the office of the Senator

DISTINGUISHED SENATOR Dr. AYO AKINYELURE,FCA representing Ondo Central at the upper Chamber of the National Assembly, hereby wish to make the following clarifications on the above subject- matter to correct the wrong
allegations of VOTING INFAVOUR OF ‘UNDER AGE MARRIAGE’ as widely reported in the PUNCH NEWSPAPER of July, 20th 2013 on Pages 9-11. Which has now been subjected to various interpretations.

What the Senate considered for determination under the review of Nigerian Constitution was RENUNCIATION OF CITIZENSHIP UNDER THE NIGERIAN CONSTITUTION.

THE QUESTION BEFORE THE SENATE FOR DETERMINATION WAS WHETHER A CLAUSE WHICH PROVIDES THAT “a married woman is deemed to be of full age to renounce her CITIZENSHIP OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA SHOULD BE RETAINED OR BE DELETED?

Section 29(1) of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria provides that “Any citizen of Nigeria of full age who wishes to renounce his Citizenship shall make a declaration in the prescribed manner for the RENUNCIATION”

The question before the SENATE FOR WHICH I VOTED I INFAVOUR WAS THAT A MARRIED WOMAN IS DEEMED TO BE OF FULL AGE TO RENOUNCE HER NIGERIAN CITIZENSHIP.

THIS IS QUITE DIFFERENT FROM VOTING IN FAVOUR OF ‘UNDERAGE MARRIAGE’ as now widely reported in the Media to blackmail Senators of FRN that believed in peaceful co-existence of Nigeria as a Nation.

I wish to EMPHATICALLY MAINTAINED THAT, I NEVER VOTED INFAVOUR OF UNDERAGE MARRIAGE AS WRONGLY REPORTED IN THE MEDIA. WHAT I VOTED FOR WAS THAT ” a married woman is deemed to be of full age to renounced her citizenship of FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA as entrenched in the CONSTITUTION SINCE 1999.

This implied that RENUNCIATION OF NIGERIAN CITIZENSHIP IS QUITE DIFFERENT FROM AGE OF MARRIAGE OF
NIGERIAN CITIZENS UNDER THE CONSTITUTION OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, I SUBMITTED THIS
CLARIFICATIONS TO THE WHOLE NIGERIA AND THE WORLD AT LARGE, THAT MY PEOPLE IN ONDO CENTRAL AND GOVERNMENT OF ONDO STATE DID NOT SUPPORT UNDER AGE MARRIAGE IN ALL RAMIFICATIONS.

LONG LIVE ONDO CENTRAL SENATORIAL DISTRICT

LONG LIVE ONDO STATE GOVERNMENT

LONG LIVE SENATE OF FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

LONG LIVE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

Distinguished Senator Ayo Akinyelure,FCA
Chairman, Senate Committee On Ethics,
Privileges & Public Petitions
Ondo Central Senatorial District

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Do you accept his apology? Perhaps these senators should invest more time reading and understanding the implications of their votes and actions.

30 Comments

  1. Spring

    July 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Really!!!!!

  2. Ayo

    July 23, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Please&please whenever dis topic come across u.,,..,.,try to digest it carefully cos one decision can change entire life…..

  3. Ayo

    July 23, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Please&please whenever dis topic come across u.,,..,.,try to digest it carefully before any action can been decide cos one decision can change entire life…..

  4. deep

    July 23, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Who wrote this tabon tabon statement? Kai!

  5. Iris

    July 23, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I can almost believe that when he was voting in favour of that clause being left in place he wasn’t considering that under-age girls may be forced to marry (although I don’t see how the people who were proposing its removal would not have mentioned why it should be removed, but I won’t even go there). What I CANNOT understand is how Senator Yerima opposed the vote and how they did a second round of voting and this man STILL didn’t understand the implications of leaving in the clause. So he’s telling us that he either didn’t understand what he doing there or he was asleep when it was being discussed and just woke up in time to vote

    • Bleed blue

      July 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Honestly Iris I’m weak too. How can you place your vote for what you don’t comprehend? Isn’t that the function of their in-house debates? For clarification, exchange of ideas and checks and balances?

      This sort of thing would have spelt political suicide for government officials if it were a country with any form of accountability…sigh…

    • mty

      July 23, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      God bless u 4 ds cooment! must he vote? if he didnt understand wat he was voting 4 he shud ve jst maintained his cool and nt vote at all! I’m sure he was dozing wen dey were reading out the amendement

  6. Iris

    July 23, 2013 at 9:19 am

    what he was doing there*
    Now that I’ve corrected my own shelling, I can agree with ‘deep’. What are all these grammatical errors doing in his statement? Nigeria is a scary place – see our leaders!

  7. Hurperyermie

    July 23, 2013 at 9:27 am

    abegi make we hear word im deaf when dem dey talk the matter? we know una type and u are a shame to Ondo State rubbish na now u wan speak grammar ba?

  8. One Nation

    July 23, 2013 at 9:33 am

    o many typo/grammatical errors in this thing jare. Haba! Who even wrote this?

  9. Ngozi

    July 23, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Official shelling toh bad! Lol Did he eat pounded yam before attending the session? With all the money our senators are paid, is it really that difficult to just listen, understand and ask questions if confused? No offence, but I doubt that I can turn around and say to my school board, “oh please forgive me, I didn’t understand the question/ instruction, please don’t fail me”. Whereas the concerned clause was to do with the renunciation of citizenship, surely the sentence “a married woman is deemed to be of full age” can be manipulated by child marriage apologists. Sha, Nigerian Senate, I hail o!

  10. Dede

    July 23, 2013 at 9:57 am

    what is hell’s name is “full age”???? make the constitution clear is it 18years, 21years or what??? Maybe you Nigerians understand it, am Ghanaian so please explain?

    • slice

      July 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm

      Under section 29 of the constitution, it’s 18 years

  11. M

    July 23, 2013 at 9:59 am

    1- Why is this guy even a senetor if he doesnt know how to vote or what exactly he is voting for
    2- how dare him call himself distinguished after making such a stupid, life changing decision. people like this aught to be in a mental hospital and not the senate. I bet he is only saying this after all the backash.
    3- Where the hell are all the womn in the senate? dont they have voices, dont the understand issues going on in nigeria and most espacially dont they have any sense of empathy as women towards the plight of innocent children in womn in Nigeria. This is just disgusting. Yet tomorrow they would beg people to vote for them. I realy pity Nigeria becase sometimes, when you hear abot the comedy going on in the state offices, the stupid decisions people take and the way in which ordinary people just accept it, you wonder, where the hell are all the so-called educated, well informed people in the country are? yesterday you were fighting against fuel subsidy, well guess what, today its time to fight agains child marriage and the desecraetion of your mothers your sisters and your children. As for Patience Jonathan, I wouldnt even comment… Ill just laeve her to Stella
    4. Dear female Nigerian politicians, there is more to being in office than being called honarable, dressing up and speaking big grammar. do your damn job, fight for innocent peoples rights. |That is why you were elected in the first place

  12. Dede

    July 23, 2013 at 10:00 am

    A lot of things in this statement tick me off in the wrong way, apart from Heritance rights and what nots, why should a woman’s marital status be of importance in the constitution of a country??? A woman is a woman, whether married or not and should be allowed the same privileges anyone else enjoys!!! Is this too hard to understand in this 21st Century? My goodness Africa!!!

  13. LILLY

    July 23, 2013 at 10:01 am

    No. i do not accept his apology at all. he should have educated himself about the issue before voting in support of it. this just goes to show his ignorance (which is no excuse at all) of the debate/issue. when we pay taxes, we expect our legislators to represent us properly and not go to sleep. he can get a lawyer to educate him on the implications of some of this issues. this his half hear-ted apology is basically panadol after headache.

  14. Teris

    July 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

    unacceptable.
    the man is an effing coward. shame on him.
    wen he had his chance he decided to play dumb and is expecting the HoR and SHA’s to maybe clean up their dirty work!
    e no kno ‘im work… Dr. ko…

  15. Mz Socially Awkward...

    July 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

    What the heck is a “distinguised Senator”? Is that a title in itself? Perhaps different from your average everyday Senator?

    And how in the name of everything good and righteous can you “cast a vote in error”? Does any one single persion in the House of Senate even know what in the blazes they’ve all been given their jobs to do? Do they understand the function of a House of Senate??

    What a pile of idiots.

  16. Mystique

    July 23, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Who does this dude think he is talking to? Toddlers? How on earth will you cast a vote in error. He is obviously a distinquished mad man.

  17. errrr *scratching head*

    July 23, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Obviously he was sleeping and woke up just in time to vote. Anyway,
    Dear Senator Akinyelure aka Mr Allover Polytechnic I am sure when this becomes established you will look for goats and cows to sit in your classroom. Let me ask, what is the ratio of female students to male students in your school? Besides shooting yourself in the foot, by cutting a portion of your future students (and future income) by voting wrongly, I hope you do not have daughters o. I am not even sure you should even be handling an institution of learning if your values are questionable. Hain!
    Having said that, I am really sad sha, because before seeing the list I had said to everyone who would care to listen that only the northerners would support this.

  18. Nero

    July 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Exactly. its obvious they dont invest time reading and understanding the implications of their votes and actions. Thats how they go about making laws that have grievance implications.

  19. konne

    July 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Really??? He must think we all bumped our heads on the floor

  20. LR

    July 23, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    *hissing loudly* senator akin…whatever your name is, return the bribe or face pure judgement on you and your home….you are throwing stones in this glass house. Watch out…it may hit your daughters, your wife or your grands…..return the bribe and stop LYING THAT IT WAS IN ERROR.

  21. mama

    July 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    what do u expect from a yoruba man…….two faced and can never be trusted….dats why you should be sure of what u believe in before taking a stand

    • Msunderstood

      July 23, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Silly u, I shake my head for u n ur generation. It has become a tribal thing ehn.

    • CarliforniaBawler

      July 23, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      Nahhh!! Don’t even go there. I actually commend the people of Ondo State to have been able to call this goat to order. The peeps from around there are historically known to be very brave and actually hold their leaders accountable to a certain degree….this man would have to sell an arm and a leg to be re-elected into that office. How many states in Nigeria have you seen the folks stand up for what is right and have the politician involved tender an (albeit stupid) apology?? And you dare call Yorubas cowards? Anyways I leave you to your prejudice and hatred…ko ma ba e yi lo.
      And as for the fat faced buffon….if not for the state of things in Nigeria, as educated and intelligent as the people from Ondo State are, this is the mango they were able to produce as a senator?! even “common english you cannot spoke” ehn? shior!!!! After lemming iyan, egusi soup, ogufe and washing it down with odeku before going to work how would you be able to understand simple english? As in, even a stupid person would have gone with what the majority of your tribesmen were going with? Or were you blind too?? Like my momsi would say “shey oju e fo mo agbari e?” Oh I see…that is what you meant by distinguished….You were trying to distinguish yourself from all the other sane and southern senators….Job well done…dansaki re!

  22. nnn

    July 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    This man- Senator Ayo Akinyelure is a disgrace. This trending issue is so sad and outrageously uncalled for. The Northerners are the major problem we have in Nigeria, Undereducated and primitive lot. Pardon my saying this, but even the Nigerian Constitution and the judiciary are all in a mess (Corrupt). Only very few have the

  23. Dee-USA

    July 24, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I don’t understand why you guys are confused on why he could ‘vote in error.’ After reading the above statement, isn’t it quite clear that he lacks knowledge of basic English comprehension? It is therefore explainable that this distinguished senator would be confused.

  24. Ena

    July 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    …The Yoruba wonder!

  25. nnn

    July 26, 2013 at 7:58 am

    First class liar, get a life man.

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