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When some things happen in Nigeria it makes you want to weep. It’s is particularly painful when we use religion as a crutch for justifying some of our actions.

Yesterday, Nigerian senators sat to deliberate on the issues of the proposed constitutional review. They treated several issues and among those issues was the subject of section 29 which deals with the manner of renunciation of citizenship.

According to the Nigerian constitution “full age” means “18 years and above” and the constitutional review committee were to address the issue of the removal of part b of the clause which states that any woman that is married shall be deemed of full age.

The senators were in full support of the removal fo the clause but one of them spoke up against the vote. Senator Yerima (former Zamfara Stage government) contended that the senate should reverse the vote seeing that the clause was in line with Islamic rites and the requirements of the constitution on marriage was valid insofar as it does not touch on Islamic requirements. Senator Yerima said a removal of the clause was unislamic.

According to the report by Channels TV
Mr. Mark ruled that as a member of the constitution review committee, Mr. Yerima had every opportunity to have sought a review and was against the chamber’s rule in seeking an amendment while the votes were on.

Mr. Yerima insisted that under Islamic tenet, a woman is of age once married and countering that order as already stated in the constitution would be discriminatory and in violation of another section of the constitution directing the National Assembly to steer away from Islamic marriage.

“The constitution says the National Assembly shall legislate on marriage except those under Islamic rites,” said the former governor whose marriage to the teenager triggered months of controversy. “Islam says once a woman is married, she is of age.”

Mr. Mark however conceded to a second vote after other proposed amendments had been concluded, saying he had to act due to the “sensitivity” of the matter as it concerns religion.

Still, Mr. Yerima’s demand was again thrashed 60 to 35 at a repeat vote but the section could not be deleted as constitution amendments require two thirds of the entire members-73 for the Senate- for a proposal to pass.”

Watch the video of Nigerian senators at their constitutional review committee

What do you think? Is Nigeria sliding further into the abyss of dysfunction? Are we sitting idly by while child abuse is implicitly being legalized in our nation? How long are we going to use religion as a crutch for abnormalities?

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36 Comments

  1. Mimz

    July 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

    SCREW THESE MOTHAF-!!! arrrrghhhh!

  2. amaaa

    July 18, 2013 at 10:19 am

    That pervert and pedophile has come again .Mr Yerima in Dubai and Saudi Arabia(for Saudi you marry at 16 then move into your husbands house at 18)the legal marital age for women is 18 is your Islam purer than that of these 2 countries someone should call this man to order please this is getting out of hand. This is why the north especially zamfara is still back ward and under developed when clowns like this can speak for the people. No wonder the National common entrance cut off for your state was 2 for men and 24 for women .Kindly go and make sure your people are educated and out of abject poverty before you speak up .

  3. Hurperyermie

    July 18, 2013 at 10:45 am

    i see this as sheer madness and selfishness can he allow anyone treat his own daughter (s) like that? love your neighbor as your self na wa o Nigeriaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  4. Ready

    July 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

    As a non-Muslim, this is how I see it. Whether or not the clause is removed, child marriage will continue to go on in parts of the country where religion has a firm grip on people’s sensibilities and choices. The occurrence of child marriage in urban areas and non-fundamentalist Islamic residential clusters is very low. So, to me, the solution to this problem is not illegalizing it, as this problem mostly occurs in the hinterland and Islam-dominated rural areas where parents actually give their daughter away (for religious or poverty reasons) and would likely not utilize the law to fight the Yerimas and other advocates of child marriage. I think the solution is woman/girl empowerment through education, and poverty-reduction.

  5. topsytops

    July 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

    there’s a difference btw a girl and a woman. if islam says “once a woman is married she is of age”. so what are we saying here since woman is used in the context. or is it “once a girl is married she is of age”?

    • Amaka

      July 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      I do not think there is a specified age for islamic women to be married meaning once person with the typical physical formations as a woman is married, she becomes of age. Let me break it down for you. A child in Nigeria is 14 years and below. A woman in Nigeria is said to be of marriageable age at 18. A person (man or woman)comes of full age /is an adult in Nigeria at 18. Now if a girl is married at 10, she is (1) still a child as she is under 14 years old and (2) not considered an adult until she is 18. What Yerima is now proposing is that once a girl is married, whether she be 5, 10, 15 or 17, she is of age as soon as she is married and instantly becomes an adult regardless of the fact that the constitution elsewhere provided that a person is of age at 18. Such a girl in this instance automatically becomes a woman and no longer a child.

    • amaaa

      July 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you for explaining to the funny fellow what this debate is all about

  6. Desire

    July 18, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Are we becoming a anation without conscience? What future are we building for our children when we start considering laws that rob them of their childhood nd innocence and put them at the mercy of perverts like this Mr Yerima. This is the saddest and ridiculous thing have heard all year.

  7. Anonymissy

    July 18, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Why wont Yerima be yarning dust, he is a certified pedophile, marrying girls from age 12 and divorcing them @ 18, i wonder what the hell he is doing at the senate mtcheew Ewu

  8. Product of public Education

    July 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Sigh! I cried for my country! Na wa o! We are definitely moving towards revolution gradually.I pray is not going to be bloody……..Local government autonomy was trashed by this goons called senators. No wonder my people dey suffer……suffering continued. God is watching you people in 3D o!

  9. hmm

    July 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    the fact that majority were against it we are stepping up and i Pray we get there one day …unfortunately its one of the things we have to deal with it having two different belief systems especially islam….i wish the notherners can just agree in certain situations that deal with common sense/morality ….if not might as well have their own laws….

    • hmm

      July 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      then again may i add that this usually occurs with the uneducated ones …i guess mr Yerima is a full blown pedophile trying to justify his atrocities…..

  10. Bellabells

    July 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I am saddened by this.I can’t even comment!The constitution cannot even protect the girl child, yet they are passing laws on homosexuality. I don’t think I want to move back home again!I am done.

  11. Angie

    July 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Na wa o…Yerima wants to legalize his and his cohorts pedophilia habits and his colleagues in the senate are taking it lightly…where are the women in the houses of parliament??? Does this mean we were just paying lip service to the supposed child rights bill??? I weep for Nigeria!!!

    • Amaka

      July 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      What was Abike Dabiri, Remi Tinubu and other female senators doing when they were deliberating on this. Nigeria, now is not the time to take 1 step forward and 1000 steps backward. The legal age for marriage in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia is 16 and these are core Islamic countries! The disadvantage of this cannot be over emphasised. We are not even talking of the health implications. Over 800,000 girls in Nigeria have VVF as a result of child marriages. This is the time for us to kick against this before these people indirectly legalize peadophilia in Nigeria.

  12. Dontcareifisoundignorantrightnow

    July 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Let this hausa people people be going jor. Enough of this one Nigeria crap. Its not working

    • Anne

      July 22, 2013 at 12:37 am

      I agree with u Abeg!!

  13. Child not Bride

    July 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Please help by signing this petition ipt.io/gjgb and follow @childnotbride on twitter for updates

  14. nene

    July 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    WHEN MOST OF THEM IN THE SENATE ARE PEDOPHILES, WHAT DID WE EXPECT??? USELESS PEOPLE/TOUTS!!! ONE GOVERNOR I KNOWN STARTED DATING HIS CURRENT GIRLFRIEND WHEN SHE WAS BARELY 16.

  15. Iris

    July 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    They are busy reviewing and debating a law that allows you to marry a child whose only worry should be getting her homework done. Even if some of the senators were overruled they are OBLIGATED to not let this end here. Obviously gay rights are a bigger issue than paedophilia *hiss* God forbid this country.

  16. lakelizzy

    July 18, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Oh Nigeria!! And Nigerians!!! It’s all news and complaint is always our response and then change never comes. This country disgusts me. I thought we live in a Democratic country. Since when have we been governed by Islamic laws! How long are we going to tolerate this! For how long would we allow idiots like this to govern us! How long are you going to keep living on the islands in your little bubbles and holding all these red carpet events while your country crumbles! What is the essence?! What do you live for! Does anyone see what’s going on in other parts of the world? Do you see how people have been responding to injustice in the Zimmerman case in the US? Why don’t we choppy attitudes like this? Instead you want to ride big cars and flash your “mansions”… I can go on and on… it’s tiring. Spirit breaking..maybe more Celebs, politicians, and public figures need to be kidnapped!
    We all admire countries like the US today. But if you do your research well, you will discover that thousands of people sacrificed their lives so that descendants will live a better life. America didn’t become what it is today overnight. It was worked for. The mentality in Nigeria is primitive, it gives no hope …. I’ll stop ..
    Pls bring your usual ignorant and senseless comments. They amuse me…

  17. Rukky

    July 18, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Now dis is crazy! Goes to show dat d fact dat one is educated and holds a high position doesn’t stop them from being sick in head and mind! Jeez! In dis century??? These crazy men should stop using religion as a cloak for detestable practices! I doubt if dis idiot Yerima will allow his 13year old child to be married off.its sad and sad indeed.to think that these r lawmakers in Nigeria? So Pathetic! D girl child is precious and valuable,she deserves to use her young age to develop herself and not as an old fool’s wife.her organs are so delicate,they deserve to be fully grown b4 being sentenced to a life of warming an old idiot’s bed and carrying children.O,Nigeria! Dis has to stop.its sad,really sad!

  18. jayjay

    July 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Yerima is a pervert . God will judge you and your supporters. Foolish man

  19. OmoMakun

    July 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Ok peoples we can shout from here to heaven…..how do we get this law overturned? That’s what i want to know….. Online Petititons, protests???? what needs to be done?

  20. OmoMakun

    July 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Just noticed there was an online petition going on….
    ipetitions.com/petition/yerima-and-nack-for-little-girls/. Please sign as a form of protest. This has got to change

  21. dami

    July 18, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I always weep for Nigeria. ..

  22. FRIED RICE

    July 18, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    no body should weep for nigeria! weep for the NORTH carry their boko haram self and go! its time they go! if they want to marry children bye bye! its time for NIGERIA to split into three so that everyone can carry go!

  23. cleo

    July 18, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    please Nigerian let the hole world know what happen in your country because this is against human rights.

    please start a campain with http://www.avaaz.org

    Please start there the world will know and the president will have much problems because this law is against girls the next law that they want is that they say every muslim woman must be circumsized.

    That is the only way that this law gets known all over the world.

    http://www.avaaz.org

    please don’t wait start it

  24. NNENNE

    July 19, 2013 at 3:24 am

    This and polygamy are some of the reasons the north is backward and will remain so for a long time. No amount of rehabilitation or amnesty will help the situation. Those recommending rehabilitation and amnesty and Al -jazera news network, please take note!

  25. Lamlam

    July 19, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Maybe it’s the lack of sleep, but the first question I wanted to ask was why the hell Yerima is still relevant within this country’s government? I mean I get that most of the people in Nigerian government have no shame at all and are just there to chop and go but I swear after the whole child bride thing I thought he would have some iota of sense and decide to lie low (or have we forgotten that whole bruhaha already). I have nothing against Islam or Muslims but I swear, they need to start speaking against lunatics like this that give Islam a BAD name. How can you justify paedophilia using religion doctrine when even countries like Saudi Arabia have age restrictions on marriage? How can you even bring that up issues like this and even push for this when we have more pressing issues to deal with?
    Now the thing that got me, how could all those female senators, Dabiri and co. just sit down there and look like mumus while this man stand-up ans spew that thrash? I MEAN DID THEY SAY ANYTHING AGAINST THIS?!!?
    Honestly, this just goes to show that as a woman you cannot win in this country (don’t even get me talking about our northern sister who actually have to deal with monster such as this annoying fucking goat on a daily basis, look through some of the comments on Youtube and try not to puke when you read what some animals parading as men said).
    Shows you the caliber of leaders that we have in government.

    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOUR DEMOCRAZ-ILY ELECTED SENATE!

  26. Lamlam

    July 19, 2013 at 7:19 am

    You know what – these guys, – this government, – passivity! This shit is getting on the international news! Let the whole world see the kind of shameless bastards that parade around as our leaders! Let them see the mad men we have as our government as it seems that the only was you can get them to do anything is when the whole world is watching.

    Say no passivity! Rise up let your voice be heard! Lets actually something about this country! It is the only one we have! Do not sit and watch, no more pray and let’s see. Lets actually get people talking about the issues we face in this madhouse we call our country!

  27. Mnena

    July 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Commenters that keep going on about the North, please stop being silly. There is rampant child abuse going on down south also. Just because they aren’t getting married doesn’t mean men aren’t having sex with them. It is a Nigerian problem, stop trying to attribute it to one region.

    • teebabe

      July 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Please get your facts right before you start spewing rubbish out of your face hole. It Is a northern issue, if a pedophile is caught in the south or west of nigeria it is only the intervention of police that can save his ass. Yerima is a BIG FOOL and a PEADOPHILE! May God punish him for opening his mouth to say such trash!

  28. TA

    July 19, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    How on earth did I miss this post? Someone on the car is luxury or neccesity thread actually made a ref to it, and so i had to look for it. BN, please put this news on the front page and leave it there for the next couple of weeks. This abominable outrage has to stop. Yerima should be in jail for real

  29. samurai-hijabi

    July 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    ‪#‎Childnotbride‬# I’m feeling appalled by the idea being perpetuated by some morally deprived senators in Nigeria. As a muslim woman, I’m very upset by Senator Yerima’s push for legalizing child marriages. Especially the fact that he claims its islamic. Child marriages are obnoxious and repulsive!!!

    Like WTH…who made Mr Yerima an islamic scholar or which scholar asked him to support such claims. Stop twisting the word of God to buttress your sickening agenda!!! Islam pushes for justice and tackling poverty. Why hasn’t Senator Yerima supported legislations that mitigate these prevalent issues in the country?

    Please stop using islam to cover for your pedophilia and cultural influences. I’d recommend that Mr Yerima gives off one of his little daughters before pushing for such ideas. Hiss!

  30. Peaches77

    July 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

    BN, it took me a while to find this article, I wonder why it isn’t on your front page. Just as someone said earlier, keep it there and for some weeks.
    Muslims, this is the time to speak up if truly the Koran does not support this abomination. We really NEED to hear from you all NOW.

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