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#ChildNotBride – MUST WATCH! Stella Damasus “vs.” Senator Ahmad Yerima on Underage Marriage on Aljazeera’s The STREAM show



Senator Ahmed Yerima & Stella Damasus - September 2013 - BellaNaija

Senator Ahmed Yerima - September 2013 - BellaNaija

This is definitely a MUST see TV moment.

Nollywood star Stella Damasus who has been very vocal about her views on the Section 29, subsection 4b, goes head-to-head against Senator Ahmad Yerima on Aljazeera’s The STREAM show.

Check it out!


  1. madman

    September 5, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    This man is a brilliant man, you need someone who understands the law to “tackle” him and not a promiscuous actress.

    • Lucylink

      September 5, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      Seriously? So because she is “promiscuous” she has no right to talk about issues of justice? What about a woman who is a legal scholar AND “promiscuous”? And how do you know this brilliant man isn’t promiscuous?
      We need people that are willing and serious about discussing the issues. Simple.

    • musa

      September 7, 2013 at 4:52 am

      people who has full knowledge of the issue at hand not ignorant like her. People like her will only cause more confusion and continue to arouse anger and tension, as far as am concern she is an agent of the anti christ trying to discourage marriage but encourage prostitution

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      September 9, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Where does Musa buy his weed? Anti-christ? are you for real.

    • nomad

      September 5, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      I agree that there could have been a better versed discussant than Stella but to dismiss her passion about this issue by calling her a “promiscuous actress” makes you no better than that condescending pedophile.

    • Yve

      September 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      No need for name calling. But Stella was overly emotional and missed started missing the point.

    • mee

      September 5, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Mr Oga, pls take a seat far away, comment intelligently. Address the issue. Are you for real? This is one of the problems we have in Nigeria, at least she spoke out, what are you doing on your non-promiscuous highchair? Mtschewwwwww

    • Tee

      September 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      You my friend are one of the issues with our country…ignorance is no excuse for such a comment. Who she is as a person doesn’t take away from the issue that is being raised here. I dare say you sound exactly like the senator and Ishaq Akintola. Opinionated and ill informed.

    • timiNY

      September 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Your tag says it all…madman, you are obviously and need to be sedated.

    • Madman

      September 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      I see that you are a very loyal fan. Are you in love with me? I’m single.

    • Qongpo

      September 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Aren’t you the same one that wrote about cheating on you girlfriend on the write-up
      “Will the Truth REALLY Set You Free?”. Then you come here yarning about promiscuous. The main issue here is underage marriage not Stella’s personal life. Yes, Stella did get very passionate and as a mother of a child myself I would have done the same.

      — I am still wondering how that Femi man became a Professor. He acts like some Tout Shaniqua.

    • LALA

      September 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      Sorry but i disagree with you. He made no intelligent point at all, he has just memorised the sections of the law that favour his silly ideas and has no idea about any other thing that was discussed on there. Stella made very valid points there i am very proud of her

    • Royalty

      September 5, 2013 at 9:03 pm


    • anonymous

      September 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      ur name definitely speaks for u, madman!!!

    • Id Mma

      September 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Huh? You’re a mess. She did a great job!


      September 5, 2013 at 8:52 pm


    • Ken

      September 5, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      who is this so called madam that has not given her promiscous daughter to Senator Yerima to align well and hardly.

    • gbelogbebo

      September 5, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      You and Yerima are not fit to be called humans

    • Na wha

      September 6, 2013 at 12:22 am

      For everyone who responded to @madman THANK YOU! Madman, Am completely blown away by your stupidity, keep speaking from your asshole, idiot, what have U done with regards to the issue??? At least stella is making an effort, go fuck yourself hard. Hiss!!!!

    • SheriBerri

      September 6, 2013 at 1:48 am

      You are truly a mad man. Feeble minds think alike. For you to think Yerima is ‘brilliant’ shows you are deluded. May God help us from the likes of people like YOU. Madman. Na you dash your self name. It fits you wella. Madman.

    • BB

      September 6, 2013 at 6:37 am

      You are really a madman! Promiscuous or not are you deaf at her argument! Can you even reason along the line like she had! Are you even informed at all! Bloody dullard like you. You should go back basic and learn the core of debate!

    • Sammy

      September 6, 2013 at 7:45 am

      Just shows how foolish you yourself are for posting this. What does her sex life have to do with the issues at hand?

  2. asgrl

    September 5, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Stella was overly emotional and could not get her points through effectively. She and ishak contributed to making the discussion a shouting match. Thank God for the Lawyer from Havard who gave Senator Yerima and Ishak a verbal and intellectual spanking.

    • LALA

      September 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Stella was very emotional, but made her point very clearlyyyyyyyy. I am proud of the lady, she’s sounded very intelligent and emotional (which we can understand)

    • Id Mma

      September 5, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      Absolutely! She spoke eloquently about a passionate issue. I do not understand why some folks on here are criticizing her. I’m proud of her!

    • GodHelpNigeria

      September 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm


    • Royalty

      September 5, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Im glad that FEMI man was caught off..wat in the world! God pliz save Nigeria!!

    • Marc Francis of Chelsea

      September 5, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      I hate it when people use the word “emotional” to describe
      passionate women in debates. If a woman even flinches her face, her
      emotion is read as being “overly emotional.” If you take your
      sexist eyes off picking out faults with her composition, you would
      hear that she made very salient points in an eloquent manner while
      that LASU tout tried numerously to speak over her. There is no way
      you can have a woman debate with three men (though one was on her
      side) and expect her to just be stoic and civil while they all use
      loudness to get their points across. Good job lady.

  3. Hurperyermie

    September 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    hmmmmmmmmmm Yerima God is watching you and am sure your reward will start from here before you end up in anyway God wants you to foolish man and stella was over emotional but the lawyer from Havard God bless you jare

  4. goldfinch

    September 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I can’t believe this man in his 50’s actually impregnated a 14 yr girl and is so proud of it.


    September 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    After watching this video, I am very much disappointed in Yerima (I refuse to add the senator because he doesn’t deserve it). That professor or whatever he calls himself, needs to go back to school to understand the importance of girls’ education and VVF. Stella and Aminu really made an accurate argumentative case and the two parties in support of #Childmarriage where only blabbing, they couldn’t answer the questions directed towards them. They kept hiding behind the cover of Islamic and their rights to practice. I respect muslims and their religion, but just as Stella already mentioned, we are not an Islamic country, we have multi-religions under the umbrella of Nigeria. Do not impose your beliefs to be accepted by Nigerian mass by insisting for a change in the constitution. I am a gender advocate and was invited by @AljazeeraEnglish to partake in this discussion, but the urge to want to hit Yerima across his face over the screen (wish it was possible), I had to lay back. The professor kept derailing from the point and makes me question his academic capabilities. How come a muslim –– Aminu –– doesn’t support this islamic view they are sharing, why is there a division? The Islam I know is unified, but this belief of theirs’ on #Childmarriage is what I don’t get.

  6. Fbi

    September 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Well done Stella

  7. Yve

    September 5, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    That professor guy that wanted to beat Femi up though. Guy this is not your house where you are lord and master. Calm the heck down. Agbero.

    • Anonymous

      September 5, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      For real o. I was so embarrassed. No common courtesy.

    • mee

      September 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm

      SERIOUS Agbero, he is so annoyingly irritating, my goodness.

  8. mee

    September 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    But this Yerima needs public flogging for his stupid unintelligent comments. And pls what is that prof. from LAG saying, he is a very LOUD AGGRESSIVE UNINTELLIGENT man who does not not even know what VVF is, pls how did he become a prof. He said “VVF should be tackled by the Federal Govt.” Mr Prof. that is the most STUPID and DAFT thing to say. ARGHHHHHHHH!!!! Stella was emotional, yes, but she did get some of her points across and the Muslim Lawyer was the only pperson apart from Stella who “spoke.”

  9. wanel

    September 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    stupid prof and senator….. how can nigeria move forward when religion comes first before the nation

  10. Ogg

    September 5, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I completely disagree with people saying Stella was being “overly emotional and started missing the point”. Yes she got a bit passionate, but miss the point she certainly did not. Whatever is going on in her personal life has absolutely nothing to do with the subject matter of this debate. She made very valid points that I am sure majority of Nigerians agree with. There is nothing brilliant about a 50 something year old man who sees nothing wrong in having sexual intercourse with a child. The professor from the Lagos State university was even worse, he sounded like a thug-unashamed in his ignorance and believing his primitive opinions preponderated everyone else’s. How this man is a professor at a university is beyond me. An evening school teacher would be embarassed. What I can’t seem to grasp however is the fact that according to Sen. Yerima, the Nigerian constitution actually justifies his actions. And for that, I weep.

    • looters

      September 5, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      you are the only one I agree with. Stella made her points very clearly and passionately, not emotionally. For someone that doesn’t have a law degree (or does she?) I was really impressed with her valid points and explanations. The Harvard Doctorate candidate made some valid points but was kinda dillydallying on academia. The Senator is a piece of ass wipe (pardon my french) and the LASU Professor is just not worth mentioning. #ChildNotBride!

  11. Camron

    September 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    ohhh, this stella girl is very intelligent. if it were Omotola, she woul have spent her time saying ‘you know’ ‘you know what im saying’.

    • Qongpo

      September 5, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      The matter that is up for discussion is about Underage Marriage not Omotola. You people keep deviating from the real issue.

    • Royalty

      September 5, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      lmao! i know rite! Im glad stella spoke!

  12. Furious

    September 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    How do you know a girl is ‘of age’ by just looking at her. These men are just stupid perverts corrupting little girls. I am just highly disgusted by this whole issue.

  13. chichi

    September 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    It should Never be a question!!! Religious Freedom should not be an excuse on child abuse. how can a professor say such “its Muslims business and everyone should stay aside”. Our young daughters are being married off at such a young age to men way older than them. INSANE! marriage, sex, childbirth should not be on a child’s mind at such young age!
    Thank you Stella for standing up and voicing your opinion. where is Mrs Good luck the mother of Nigeria?? where is she???


    September 5, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I have never been sooo irritated in my life !!!! Who the heck is this Femi!??? And to think he is even a Proff!!! Chai! Naija we are finished!!!
    Shame on u Yerima or whatever they call u, impregnating a 14 yrs old CHILD!! Jeeeeeez!!!

    • canadian igbo

      September 6, 2013 at 3:40 am

      femi is the host of the show

  15. ooooooooo

    September 5, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    whoever that guy from Lagos University is should be stripped off his title a beg.Why not prevent VVF than manage it.Chei!

  16. ooooooooo

    September 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    this guy is missing the point,this is not about Muslim religion,it is about child marriage.It is just unfortunate that it is more rampant in the Nothern part of Nigeria where the large part is Muslim.Sorry

  17. chei

    September 5, 2013 at 7:21 pm


  18. Someone

    September 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    If my religion allows human sacrifice, does it mean I can kill anyone at will even though the constitution is against murder? Religion should not come into play in this case. The professor should be a shame of himself.

  19. natty

    September 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    That unilag prof is a disgrace to the title professor, WTH! such an uncultured man

    • lanre

      September 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm


  20. meritus

    September 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Stella Am proud of you the barrister from havard , you the bomB. Yerima you will not see piece in your home. Prof from lagos is is acoward.

  21. Gistyinka Blog

    September 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    wow, i dear sister Stella try, but next time will need someone that can tackle that issue with senator yerima..

  22. oma

    September 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    I am so hot my face is boiling….. The stupid big mouthed daft idiot that calls himself a prof. He makes no sense @ all. Stella isn’t emotional, kudos to her and the Harvard man. As for Yerima and d daft that I don’t care to know his name. Child marriage if it is condoned in Islam, y bring it to the constitution of a nation? Like u established sharia in Zamfara, go and marry ur moslem little girl in Zamfara bot come to our constitution to make it a law, stupid lustful he-goat

  23. oma

    September 5, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    God bless u Aminu from Harvard

  24. toke

    September 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Stella’s facial expressions are far from comical. Pedophiles on rampage .

  25. Laide

    September 5, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Stella is a very intelligent woman..lets put aside her mistakes.

  26. Luqman

    September 5, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I can’t get the idea of abusing faceless people you don’t know on internet just bcos someone have said something contrary to your opinion. Bellanaija is just a site for information dissemination not NURTW motor park, a platform like this is just for people to learn one or two things from one another.
    Most Muslim politicians are just hiding under the umbrella of Islam, Nigeria would never be like the way it is now if they are truly following the teaching of Islam bcos it explains everything about life.
    There is no specific age to marry in Islam, some girls can be matured at tender age while it will take some girls a longer time to reach their maturity age. There are some cities in USA in which a girl can marry at the age of 14 and some states are 16 while some are 18 years. Different people with different taste in life, there are some people that can marry a girl not up to 20 years while it might be too young for the other people.

    If Yerima married a girl of 14yrs, in as much as she has already reached the age of puberty and she could differentiate right from her left and she was not forced into that kind of union, that is his own desire, can i marry someone of that age? N0 (not even 20), that is just a matter of choice and Islam is a complete way of life.

    • randommer

      September 5, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      First of all, who cares what the US does? Are we Americans? if it is to legalize homosexual marriage now, no one will call America as an example.

      Second of all, what is maturity at a tender age and why do we still have minors in Nigeria? it is simply because we recognize through science and experience that children even though they make think they know what is best for them, do not! I entered university in America at 16, coming from Nigeria, so I’m sure people will say I was mature for my age. And I was, does that mean I am mature enough to get married? When I was 19 and a senior in this same university I dated a man 11 years my senior. Yes I was mature for age, but mature enough to date an advanced guy like that? No! I was still growing and discovering myself. It is true some people forever remain kids, but abeg allowing a 14 yo who has not had a chance to finish school, decide her future for herself marry a man old enough to be her grandfather who wastes no time in impregnating her – is this humanity? can you give our your daughter like this? is she only a baby making machine?

      lastly, the sound of poverty is deafening! when christians are selling their children, you can imagine the kind of pressure this poor girl faces (even if she knows left from right) to agree to this kind of marriage. It is the same kind of pressure a young woman desperate to keep her job because she is breadwinner in the family faces when the oga at her workplace asks for an affair. Yes many girls say no, many also say yes because they have no other options. That is why it is called sexual harassment and it is illegal. You are in a position of so much power over the person that you take away their freewill.

      Please please please, let us not bastardize the word ‘maturity’. I weep for that poor girl.

    • Lucylink

      September 5, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Thank you! They keep bringing up the US and other countries. Yet, when it comes to decriminalizing homosexuality, they criticize the US. Confused people.

    • Qongpo

      September 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Please don’t come here spewing what you don’t know. No state and I repeat no state in the United States of America have young girls marrying at the age of 14. Even Nevada where prostitution is legal the marriage age is 18. The marriage age in most states in the USA is 18. In states like Nevada, New York, Utah and Montana — There can be an exemption and can get married at 17 only if you have a parental consent. In Mississippi , Nebraska and Puerto Rico — the marriage age is actually 21

    • slice

      September 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      yeah there is no specific age to marry in islam neither is there is one in the bible so I don’t get why we are allowing Yerima to tell us Islam says he can marry a 14year old. if the people of the land are bold enough to write a law against marrying anyone under 16, then so will it be. Till Yerima opens the Quran and show me where it says you can’t stop a muslim from marrying an underage person, then is whole argument is nonsense. i know girls who had boobs at 11 and saw their first period at 10. some bastard will soon say islam allows him marry an 11 year old with boobs. idiots

      BTW, good job Stella. it’s hard to argue with brain dead fools, but you gave it a good shot.

    • Sammy

      September 6, 2013 at 7:57 am

      Just shows how foolish you yourself are for posting this. What does her sex life have to do with the issues at hand? SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP!. Having sex with a minor under the age of 18 in america with or without their consent is called STATUTORY RAPE! Do not bring what the united states into this arguments because i assure you that their laws adequately protect their children. How can you say that a 14 year old child knows what she wants? A 14 year old child does not know what she even wants to wear to school tomorrow not to talk less of whether she wanted to be sold into slavery by her parents to a 50 something year old disgusting peadophile and be robbed of her innocence. you are part of the people ruining Nigeria with your misinformation and silly opinions please keep them to yourself. You are here talking about maturity and puberty so because she has reached puberty it is okay for a 50 year old man to be having sex with her. Please dont be silly. Maybe when you have daughters one day you will know whether at 14 they “know their left from their right”

    • Just me

      September 8, 2013 at 4:36 am

      Luqman are you okay at all? I don’t think so! Don’t even try to bring America into this issue. Why didn’t he come to America with his dollars he stole from the Nation to buy an underrated girl like he did in Egypt, he would be hunted down anywhere he is unless he chooses to live underground all his life. The parents wud also go to jail. The earliest a girl can get married in America is 16 with parental consent and usually to a fellow teenager like her, which is usually due to pregnancy. So don’t sit ur uninformed ass behind d computer typing crap. Are there no Muslims in America? The law of the land supersedes any selfish laws of any religion, community or family. I’m just trying to imagine in my head how he’s having sex with this child. OMG! This is really bothering me and all I can do is pray for Nigeria. It’s because of religion that this nation cannot move forward. No religion clearly stated a marriageable age and women in those days did not hit puberty as early as our generation is as early as 8. I saw my period at 11 and remembered being terrified by it despite d fact that Always sanitary pads came several times to our school during sex education to prepare us for it and all the girls were given pads and all to take home. Still, I wasn’t mentally prepared to even handle my period not to talk more of a grandfather trying to have sex with me. Gosh! I’m so pissed off! Some ppl also say our mothers in those days married at a young age. It was a few of them and many many years ago. Are we now going back to the Stone Age in other to satisfy some ppl’s sick sexual urges? Twins were considered evil in those days and killed off, should we now start killing twins? Come on ppl, what is the purpose of education when we are not prepared to change our old evil habits. Knowledge they say is power! If our government is implementing half of the things they learnt in Sch, Naija will be one of d best countries in d world but with ppl like Yerima and a professor like that who probably bribed their way to get their degrees and positions, then I’m sorry, Naija has a long way to go. The truly educated once like d Harvard graduate who can help turn d country around wud not be given d opportunity to. When they try to, they’ll try to kill them bcos dem go put sand sand for their garri. Hmmm! My ppl I just weak for Naija

  27. WomanToWomanCry

    September 5, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Prof of a Nigerian University and a Senator for a state in Nigeria; shows people dont get those positions by merit in Nigeria.. See the way they spoke with no sense, missing the point all the point..

    Did anyone listen to the Lawyer from Havard…

    Stella you spoke well.. and you represented women well who ever thinks different and she is that she is this, my question is are u without sin???

    God please help Nigeria and the children turned wife by force, hope u find happiness in your children when they grown up.

    At the age of 9, 10 or 14 tel me how you will say no to your parents when they ask you to do something you know nothing about.

    • Tee Mama

      September 6, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Are u well at all? And u r without sin ba? Pls take several seats. How did Stella’s sins become the focal point? Very long hiss for u.

    • Atm

      September 6, 2013 at 10:45 am

      it’s the people criticising Stella that that question is directed at, not Stella.

  28. Id Mma

    September 5, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Well, if the Nigerian Constitution is the issue, um, how about an AMENDMENT! With all the information about VVF, we need to do more to protect the rights of the girl child. These pedophiles really need help.

  29. Miss_Flygerian

    September 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Yerima and that Akintola guy are fools. Listening to them spew their bullshit was more painful than I imagined. Can they give their young daughters out in marriage? Forget all their useless talk, deep inside them, they know they can’t. Religion is no excuse for their sheer display of pedophilia. Before this discussion, did those two fools ever sit down to consider the health and social implications of child marriage? Ok, why am I even asking? Imagine somebody who calls himself a Prof not knowing the full meaning of VVF. To make matters worse, he says that is an issue the FG should tackle? Honestly, I am so angry and disgusted. They could not even back up their argument cogently. Akintola had to resort to screaming like a barbarian. Thank goodness for Stella and Aminu, I would have totally lost it.

    • Marie

      September 6, 2013 at 11:25 am

      It was obvious he didnt know the meaning and wat its about thats y he said ppl know the meaning and they talk about it. he behaved like a tout on the street, sorry excuse for a man, husband, father and professor. Yerima is saying the govt shud handle vvf well hello he is a senator why cant he

  30. Miss_Flygerian

    September 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Please, people should stop backing child marriage by saying the children made their choices. Going by “scientific revelation”, children have limited ability in evaluating choices. They think they know, but they do not. Didn’t we all have that moment as teenagers when we thought we knew it all but we actually knew NOTHING.That’s where our parents step in, to provide us with guidance. So saying a child is able to make his choice is just really dimwitted.

  31. iyaeto

    September 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Ishaq Akintola is an educated illiterate.He dated and married one of his students anyway.. Make he deny am ..He used to live in one of those malam community after okokomaiko .ilemba awori or ilemba Hausa..

  32. Milly

    September 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Stella am proud of u well done u did well.

  33. Nneka Peters

    September 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    lol who is this agbero professor … stella spoke well kudos !

  34. Su

    September 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    My God!!!! I can’t believe this…dey don’t even know nytin bout VVF,Yerima and dat oaf dat calls himself a prof should be castrated with a blunt knife.

  35. Realist

    September 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    wow God Bless U Stella

  36. intheoverseas

    September 5, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    OMGGGGG!!! I have never been sooo irritated!! Who the heck is this Lagos professor???? Very unintelligent, rude, crass, aggressive and UGLY!!!!!!! Who invited him on the show and who the heck gave him his degree???!! *Soo pissed!*

  37. sisieko

    September 5, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    The debate highlights Nigeria’s problems.The Senator that doesn’t care for the populace.He was just taking about his under aged wife’s pregnancy because her parents probably had to give her to the senator.The Professor who clearly did not get the position by merit and is using religion as a cloak for selfishness.Nobody not one cares about the Nation’s well being.Kudos to the Harvard lawyer and extra kudos to Stella for being so passionate.She made up for her lack of scholarship with passion @Madman what does her personal life have to do with this important debate? #sadforNaija

  38. nnennia ifepe

    September 5, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    i wrote my project on women and child’s right.I was shocked to find out the no of young girls that suffer this is terrible and the level of illetracy in the north is not helping issues.i m disaappionted that such pple can be called senators and professors in nigeria.the professor and yerima are fools and needs to be killed.they should be doing that rubbish in the north because the day they pass it into law they will be dealt with

  39. COAHTR

    September 5, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    God bless Stella and Aminu. I think Yerima is in some sort of denial and as for the tout called Ishaq, there are just no words. I guess the bottom line is, the constitution needs to legally be above any religious law. You cannot on one hand say the constitution cannot interfere or legislate over religious law and then on the other hand have laws that contradict religious laws. That’s the real debate that no one wants to get into because of how defensive extreme Islamists get. Like someone mentioned earlier if the traditionalist say we can kill people and present them as sacrifices, should the law hold that up? So why is it different when it relates to islam.

  40. Nekky

    September 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I’m really soon ashamed of this prof,how the heck did he
    become a prof and its really painful that the point is not clearly
    stated viz THIS ISN’T A RELIGIOUS MATTER,it’s about that child’s
    right to grow,play like a child,develop as a teenager
    physically,mentally and emotionally,go to school and yes choose the
    man of her dreams and not have a whole lifetime to develop like a
    child should…….senator yerima isn’t educated so I ain’t

  41. Baker Street

    September 5, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Whoever said Stella did not speak well is very dumb. Her
    passion for the course was what made her emotional. I can’t believe
    that we are in the same country with these dumb people who are
    supporting the exploitation of young children (Girls). Y r are
    women and children the victims? I know a lot of people who practice
    Islam but don’t support this. Nigerian women should rise up and
    fight this course. Women should no longer be taken advantage of
    (not in this day and age).

  42. smith

    September 5, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    imagine a prof not knowing wat v v f means or wat it is, he
    was just talking out of point and was so rude, nd the senator was
    not with confidence while speaking. thank God the lawyer frm havard
    is a muslim , I like what the lawyer did I expecteted the prof to
    do the same but he disgraced himself. plz if the muslims feel uts
    their right to marry this children frm the womb let them do it.but
    our money should not be used to tackle v v f like the prof who
    knows nothing was saying. nice talk stella nd aminu u guys were so
    gud on yerima nd ishaq. imagine a girl giving birth at 15 nd the
    senator can say it.

  43. Eve

    September 5, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Nd how did that gizzard become a prof? Sad for
    Nigeria..totally missing the point and derailing..I love Stella nd
    the lawyer. Strong argument. I really wish for once Nigerians will
    stand for what is right!

  44. Lizzie

    September 5, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    Go Stella! Go Aminu! The rest? No comments

  45. NNENNE

    September 6, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Your are the best,Stella!

  46. NNENNE

    September 6, 2013 at 1:20 am

    And Mr. Aminu too! Thank you.

  47. dr d

    September 6, 2013 at 2:32 am

    how does this akintola guy manage to come off worse off than yerima?! this guy is a freaking retard. he makes nooooo point! and cannot engage in an educated debate. we should desist from interviewing yerima, as stella says, this issue is beyond yerima. it is about our children. their lives, their health and their potential as human beings!!! for once nigeria, set THE standard!! do not join the disgusting conglomerate of nations that promote legal paedophilia!!

  48. TM

    September 6, 2013 at 4:41 am

    When I think of Nigeria sometimes I just laugh. Needless to worry. The universal law is there and ignorance is no excuse. U REAP WHAT YOU SOW weather u read the bible, koran or what have u.

  49. shuby

    September 6, 2013 at 6:31 am

    It shouldnt be stella talking

    • lilz

      September 6, 2013 at 9:25 am

      then who? you?

    • Bleed blue

      September 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      I tire oh

  50. ILoveGenevieve

    September 6, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Yerima made a fool out of his groins in Channels TV ….and has done it again in Aljazeera. He should be proud of himself for being a consistent fool. However, God bless Aminu and Stella.

    • Just me

      September 8, 2013 at 4:00 am

      Well said! Lol @ consistent fool. That’s a good one!

  51. Jane

    September 6, 2013 at 8:47 am

    This isn’t abt maturity..a 14yr old gurl myt b mature physically buh not emotionally, mentally nd socially….y r ds men actn sooo stupid….cud dey imagine emselves gettn marri
    ed as children?….ds is a serious iSsue coz d life of a gurl child is seriously @ stake…derz a lot of medical implicationz, mental implications…ever heard of post partum depression? Then again, wts d future of d nxt generation if children are brought up by children….who wld b d leaders of 2mao? If dey r married off 2day….God hav Mercy nd protect his lovely children

  52. ovuoke

    September 6, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Dude said the child act law does not apply to Muslims. So basically parts of the constitution apply to christians, others to muslims, others to traditionalists and others to agnostics? Na wa for some folks logic sha

  53. Princess

    September 6, 2013 at 9:27 am

    @ Luqman, how do u knw dat children unda 14yrs r nt forced 2 marry som1 who shud b their grandfada? Cast ur mind bk wen u wey @14, did u av a dream? How’ll u feel nw if u wey stop frm achieving ur drm nw? Guess vry bad n am sure dat dos children (mature or not mature) u r forced 2 abandon their drms wil feel d same. And if dat Yerima’s wife is givn an opportunity 2 speak out her truth mind tink she’ll feel d same. Also, rememba dat their parent r nt educated, or hw many educated parent wil giv their children @ dat age? Hav u knw of any? Evn d so calld Yerima askd him @ wat aged he gav out his children. My dear friend we shud always tink 1st b4 saying out

  54. S.T

    September 6, 2013 at 9:30 am


  55. PRO

    September 6, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Don’t be surprise that this so called Senator don’t even go to school, its Obvious that he was selected by one of the Oga at the Top. from Governor to Senator. A stack illiterate making laws. upon all the problem facing the northern communities in Nigeria, all you could pass in their Bill is Child marriage . Shame on you. Senator my ASS!!!

  56. barrista

    September 6, 2013 at 9:39 am

    @shuby it should not be you typing…..

  57. Nunu milk

    September 6, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I dont know why I keep praying and having a tiny shred of hope for Nigeria. Its crass, illiterate and demented folks like Yerima and dat Akintola agbero that make me ashamed to say I’m from Nigeria. The idiot Akintola had some nerve, talking about VVF(which he didnt even know anything about) and saying it the govt’s problem. You fool! how about tackling the problem at the grassroot, starting from urself and ur community and educating urself and others about the disease. Why on earth would you go on creating more problems for a government that is already saddled with more problems than it can handle? Do your part, you freaking crentin!!!!
    For Yerima (I cant even bring myself to put senator before your name) Please take your tabularasa mind back to primary school! You are a disgrace to learned people. So because your wife had access to top class hospitals which majority of the population have no access to, you believe VVF is not a national issue??? OMG! i WEEP!
    Infact, I give up!

  58. stella

    September 6, 2013 at 10:14 am

    This Yerima of a man is just a fool and will continue to be, imagine d illiterate talking rubbish. A 14 year old girl will call u husband n 25 years old woman calls u dad. Shame on u and people like.
    Prof my foot, who made u a prof in d first place. You should be prof of NURTW. Ode ni e

  59. notmad

    September 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

    @MADMAN . Madman you are really MAD.

    • madman

      September 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      not mad noni.

  60. madman

    September 6, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Wetin I do una people na? wetin na?

    • Bleed blue

      September 6, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      @madman, your comments are usually taken with good humour but this issue cannot be addressed lightly. People are very passionate about it and for you to focus on Stella’s perceived “promiscuity” was just too much for people here to ignore.

      You know I love you but erm…next time ehn…abeg think twice about the issue at hand before you click on “post your comment”.

  61. beibe

    September 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    that man yerima is just an animal and so all those old men who desire underage girls, yerima is so shameful that he even mentioned that his second wife whom he must have married years ago just concluded secondary school and she is in for NCE. someone should tell those shameless men that Nigerian law comes first b4 sharia or whatever and Nigeria is not an Islamic state. I m short of words just too painful its evn better to let d muslims be in their own world

  62. eby

    September 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    OLODO SENATOR ISHAQ, doesnt knw wat VVf is, VVF shld be handled by the govt, is it the govt dat impregnated the under – age gals deceived and forced out in marriage

  63. eby

    September 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    shame on the nigerian polity, see the crop of touts and educated illiterates we allow to rule us. God help us, Yerima, Ishaq????????

  64. eby

    September 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    proff isaq is just nothing but loud noise in a drum, an nonintellectual bully

  65. Recky Evy

    September 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    The yeye professor said that VVF is govt’s problem,that they should look for ways to treat it in hospitals……….. is he for real? who made him a professor? Where did he buy his degrees from?.he’s so untutored and narrow minded.What shalf-baked professor.He doesnt even know wats VVF stands for.Oh,how pissed up i am

  66. crazy things

    September 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    I weep for Nigeria. A country where a leader can open his mouth to Sat that the human right act is for Christians and not Moslems. Like seriously, there are no words to describe his level of ignorance. To make matters worse, a whole professor sounding daft and ignorant as f***. As Stella said, this is not about religion. It’s about the lives of these little girls that have no say as to what happens to them. P.s why in d world would bedding a child be attractive to a man if he isn’t a pedophile? Let’s call a spade a spade? Don’t bring religion here!

  67. crazy things

    September 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Say not sat*

  68. British Lagosian

    September 6, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I am proud that Stella made her points intelligently. Why can’t she voice her opinions? why should her personal life preclude her from backing this? I agree with Stella, Yerima should not be made the star here. The issue is, & remains about children not being married off. Btw, does Islam allow a woman to marry a boy of 14?

  69. la dolce vita

    September 6, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    All I can say is God bless Stella and Aminu for their comments, cos it is not about senator Yerima at all n that Prof isaq is just an empty barrel

  70. ibukungeorge

    September 6, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    This guy is such a fool.Yerima and all those supporting him.

  71. Rose Okwy Arinze-Maduka

    September 6, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I watched the entire thing, all I could was shake, hold myself from slapping Yeriwa and Femi through the TV. These are people we have teaching our students and representing our nation?. The issue is about pedophilia not about religion. According to Femi we should let the moslems do what they do as permitted by their religion, I doubt that Islam encouragesd sexual abouse of a child by a grown ass man, if it does then may Allah have mercy on all. Why in the world is Femi a teacher of any kind, did they pay him to forget that he is supposed to educate not mutilate children? I was so baffled last night I could not believe what I was hearing and watching. When asked about VVF he could not explain, he says that it is am American or European issue, he also added that VVF is as a result of government neglect. All this to show that they really have not even taken the time out to study the biology involved in early child pregnancy. I cry for these children who have been subjected to this fate in life, having your life ruined before you even know what life is about, not starting life but all you already know if pain from urinary incontinence etc. I wish theses people who are for child marriage and birth would really pull the wool off thier eyes and visit hospitals to see the pain these babies whose bodies were not ready to have kids go through. I do not get why anyone will in the name of religion believe that this is okay. Stella Damascus has every right to be passionate because she is a woman and understands what it is to be a girl dealing with girl issues even when you are grown not to speak of these kids that are not grown at all dealing with issues that could have been prevented in the first place. The Havard guy made some sense too. If we will really tell ourselves the truth, we all know that child marriage and pregnancy is dangerous, cover it with passion and religion, at the end of the day the basic fundamental rights of a girl is being abused here. WE SHOULD NEVER SLEEP WELL AT NIGHT TILL THIS ISSUE IS RESOLVED FOR THE SAKE OF OUR DAUGHTERS and our sons too, they need to know better.

  72. Araba

    September 6, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Is that Ishaq or whatever a prof at a university? Then his students are finished. He made no sense whatsoever. He must have purchased his degree in the market. Wow! And such an illiterate calls himself a professor.

  73. Hausa Girl in Texas

    September 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Islam does not support marrying
    A girl against her will.
    These pedophiles sound ridiculous.

  74. ty

    September 6, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    dat professor is just daft, stupid and sick!

  75. Ok o

    September 6, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Yerima,I can still manage,but that so called professor I cant stand.He is for sure an educated illiterate and I am glad he wasn’t really granted an audience for so long.

  76. jkmama

    September 6, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    we all shud learn to b more calm,detailed and precise
    a lot of u all missed d name of d ugly professor and dat worries me that mayb not all of u watched d video.The arguments were btw D senator Yerima,Stella Damasus, d Havard professor and Ishaq Akintola d dumb and ugly fake proffessor,I wish i never went to LASU d Guy is a total disgrace to all educated people in the country
    Nd for those talking down on stella, i am sure n certain stella is more decent than most of u but dat is not d issue here unfortunately we nigerians r so used to putting aside pressing issues for trivialities.Stella is a very intelligent lady most of d movies she featured several years ago involves great discussions and display of wit that most female artistes finds difficult,They wud rather appear almost nude to b noticed unlike stella, genevieve,dakore and steph okereke linus
    However its paintul d person we know as first lady seem to have little or no regard for this important issue rather she is busy for re-election

    • musa

      September 7, 2013 at 4:55 am

      people who has full knowledge of the issue at hand not ignorant like her. People like her will only cause more confusion and continue to arouse anger and tension, as far as am concern she is an agent of the anti christ trying to discourage marriage but encourage prostitution

  77. Omg

    September 6, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Ridiculous !! Can’ t believe the stupid man call himself a prof, where the hell did he get his degree from?

  78. aji

    September 6, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    at least 10 teenage girl have been raped by pastors in the last 9 months as reported by the dailies, apparently it is not worth discussing at all. Islam is totally against fornication, adultery and its products that is why early marriage is permissible for matured people. age is not specified and does not matter. I wonder how many of the ladies here clocked 18 before sleeping with men and a whore like Stella should not be here.

    • slice

      September 7, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Olodo. how doesn’t age matter. do you know how soon some girls physically mature or hit puberty. so because there’s evil in one place we should allow evil in another stand. that nonsense doesn’t even work. the blog world has spent how many days decrying the COZA pastor but somehow you think Yerima should not be equally attacked.

  79. Amity

    September 7, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Every Girl child should be treated like drugs,keep them out of d reach of yerima & his cabinet,if senators persist please consult ur machete……

  80. Noola

    September 7, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Senator yerima- if you cannot uphold the laws of the country you live in, then abeg relocate…this is a secular state and the constitution is the ground norm. You should go to jail paedophile

  81. Just me

    September 8, 2013 at 3:25 am

    I have lived in the U.S for d most part of my life. No grown man will come out and openly state that he is having sex with anyone under the age of 18 because he knows his ass is going to jail and the prison inmates will even kill him in jail before he gets a chance in court cos Americans hate Pedophiles (even criminals like murders) unless they don’t know why u’re in prison. They will always find out. It’s a public record. An 18 years old young man will not open his mouth openly to say he is having sex with a 17.5 years old girl or he risks going to jail. However, if he is 17 and the girl is 16, they can have consensual sex but once he turns 18 that’s it he has to lay low till she also turns 18. That’s the law. Are there no Muslims in this America? Yet they’re not questioning the law and sleeping with kids. People always try to use religion for their own evil acts. Although there are a lot of teenage pregnancies but if their baby’s father is an adult, they would refuse to mention him if they want to protect him. Yes, a 16 year old girl can get married by parental consent but usually to an equally young boy too not an old grandpa. Look at the stupid argument Yerema or whatever his name is making. He’s mentioning America and Europe giving birth control to teenagers. These are teenagers who got pregnant by fellow teenagers, not grandfathers like him. These developed countries are only trying to tackle the problem from the roots. I’m not saying abortion is good or bad, I’m just saying his excuses are pointless cos d topic was on child marriage. Nigerian government that has not finished taking care of the sick and helpless people in public hospitals should take care of VVF that could be prevented from the grassroots by stopping early marriage. VVF is a modifiable risk factor and should not be heaved on d government. Maybe d government should start castrating those evil men then d government would be doing us all a favor. Damn! I just don’t get it! Why is Yerema still in office and parading himself as a senator? Naija has failed big time!!! Abeg I don taya Jo! How is Nigeria supposed to advance???

  82. Marylander

    September 8, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Why is stella so unprofessional, she lacks communication skills. Kept interrupting during the debate? The lawyer made logical arguments and I think he is the star of the debate. By the way, I don’t support child marriage, but Yerima argued intelligently.

  83. Kilode Naija

    September 8, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I cant believe that Marylander thinks yerima argued intelligently. I must say that you must lack an understanding of what intelligent is. When he could not answer simple questions and had to keep referring to Europe and America. I have given up hope for Nigeria. Although not a fan of stella, I put my grievances aside and give her my full support. I think she was the only one that understood the point being discussed. The lawyer only got his head around it at the very end…

  84. Blake Pager

    September 8, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    My pple, make una no blame Oga Yerima jare. After all, a prophet from Saudi Arabia did it in d 6th Century. Notin dey happen. Glam.

  85. Maria Kaine

    September 9, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Stella is very emotional! it is an emotional topic and so
    she has a right and I expect her to be emotional and passionate
    about this violation and abuse of young girls.

  86. Amirah

    September 10, 2013 at 3:26 am

    DESPICABLE!!!! This is a sensitive topic that will touch the heart of every woman because you were once a young girl or have a little niece or daughter. And to think there’s a pedophile out there preying on young girls who should be given time to discover their own bodies, be independent, and not a perverted man who is only thinking of his gratification. Only a sick man who thinks raping a young girl is completely ok. What does a young girl know at that age to make a decision to marry an old man. Until I got to my 20s that I knew exactly what I want in a man and marriage. So, to take away that right/freedom from a young girl is the one of the worst crime. To declare Nigeria as an Islamic nation allowed to go by Islamic laws/rules that supports women/abuse is baffling. And to have someone this mentally ill to even try to impose some laws, and for nigerian senators to make this a priority but not the basic necessities in Nigeria confirms once again, NIGERIA IS FAILED NATION. And that professor should go back to secondary school bcos if that’s the result of the failed education system.

  87. Mimi

    September 13, 2013 at 11:05 am

    It is unfortunate that we always let our personal prejudices; judgement and criticism get in the way of the truth. Stella is a woman, mother and Nigerian and so has every right to be emotional and passionate about the topic. The silly Akintola was also very unprofessional and emotional because he believes his own view point yet Stella get attacked by everyone. What this highlights to me though is the ambiguity of our laws and constitution making interpretation contentious. We need laws that are all encompassing to protect the ‘Nigerian child’ from any type of abuse whether sexual, child labour, education or any other such evil. A lot of women I know are sexually active from age 14, have to undergo abortions, some are raped or molested from childhood, some younger are border line domestic slaves and yet no one says anything, no one cares. This issue is bigger than ‘Child bride’ and let’s not miss the chance to find a solution to this problem. We need Nigerians who are angry and passionate enough to be elected into public office to change these laws at policy level. Only then can we begin to see transformation in this nation.

  88. Nneka

    September 19, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Loving stella for her boldness and bravery,you are a rare Gem dear…some Nigerians just enjoy only making mockery of people and every situation instead of contributing to the welfare of the country to make it better.God please keep protecting our daughters and our entire female generation from “Randy He Goats” IJN,Amen

  89. oma

    September 26, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    that man yerima is a pure beast in human form. kudos to u stella,u r indeed a mother

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