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The Katsina Emirate Council on Thursday declared that the marriage between a 14-year-old girl, Habiba Isa, and the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumuni Usman, was irreversible, PUNCH reports.

Isa was reportedly abducted by one Jamilu Lawal, who is an aide of the Emir, on August 16, 2016 and was converted to Islam and held incommunicado.

The family of Isiyaku Tanko of Warkaza community in the Kudun Kankara Local Government Area of the state had alleged that the Emir abducted the girl and forced her to marry him.

Isa’s father had complained about the matter to a a humanitarian civil rights organisation, Stefanos Foundation, that took over the matter.

The Emirate Council said the marriage and Isa’s conversion to Islam were voluntarily and willingly entered into by the girl.

The Emirate Council told officials of the Katsina State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), during a visit to the Emir, that no evidence suggests that the girl was forced to act against her wish.

When the CAN officials visited, the Kaora KatsinaAlhaji Nuhu Abdulkadir, called the girl in and asked her three questions on behalf of the Emirate Council.

He asked if she was forcefully converted to Islam, the girl said ‘No’. She also replied ‘No’ when she was asked if she was forced to marry the 64-year-old Emir.

Isa replied ‘Yes’ when she was asked if she was already experiencing monthly flow when she met the Emir.

Abdulkadir said: “The three questions are in line with the dictates of the Islamic religion. Since Isa has voluntarily answered the three questions in our presence, there is no going back on her marriage.”

According to the report, Abdulkadir explained that in as much as the emirate council would not want to be involved in the controversy surrounding the marriage, the palace of the emir was open to all Nigerians irrespective of religion and tribe.

The CAN Chairman for Katsina State, Very Rev. Nelson Ugochukwu, however, told the Emirate Council that Isa’s marriage did not have the consent of her parents, who he said, were crying for justice in Abuja.

“This girl (Isa) standing before us is 14 years. She is supposed to be in school and not given out in marriage.

We are not pleased and we demand justice. Her parents are in Abuja, crying for justice. In my religion, you cannot give out any lady in marriage without the consent of her parents. This marriage does not have the consent of this little girl’s parent. The parents are not happy with what has happened.

As the CAN chairman in Katsina, I am the father of all Christians in the state. Our people are not happy. The parents told me that the girl is 14 years. She is supposed to be in school. I want justice to be done in this matter. I want the emirate to look into the matter. To us, the girl is still a Christian,” he said.

Isa, who will turn 15 on October 15, was said to have passed her Junior Secondary School Certificate Examination and was expected to start Senior Secondary School.

Photo Credit: Olaide Oyelude/PUNCH

 

75 Comments

  1. yemite

    October 14, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Civilisation brought more corruption to Nigeria. Fella Kuti as said it long time ago…let respect traditional in respect of Religion. That is what they believe in as Islamic line.

    • The Real Oma

      October 14, 2016 at 10:47 am

      What exactly are you saying???

    • Luchima

      October 14, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      You are talking rubbish. May your child be kidnapped and married off to a 60year old man. Oloshi

    • Seriously

      October 14, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      Civilization didn’t bring more corruption neither did the core traditional beliefs change the society for any better. It’s all about balance and how individual choose to use their conscience, morality and judgement.
      This is absolutely not okay. It’s sickening and disgusting. How does an old man look at a young girl barely developed and think of her sexually. I’m convinced, these people who lust sexually after babies, toddlers, younger girls including women who do the same to little boys are mentally sick and demonic. There’s no way you can have a healthy mind, think and do such. And for a religion to approve of it makes Islam a sham

    • It is a CRIME against all humanity.

      October 14, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      Why is the NASS quiet? Why are all the CHRISTIAN SENATORS and CHRISTIAN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MEMBERS silent? Why are all the WOMEN, both CHRISTIAN and MUSLIM SENATORS and HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES MEMBERS silent?

      REMI TINUBU: Ma’am, Dino Melaye only spoke words to you (and you to him), yet you knew how to organise women’s groups to protest in Abuja. These ACTS against this young girl and her parents and family and Christians, the Body of CHRIST in Nigeria, against all women, against all right-thinking people, against all people who are humane, and not animals, against all true Nigerians, this abominable act and CRIMES have been carried out; OLUREMILEKUN TINUBU, WHERE ARE YOU? WHERE IS YOUR VOICE? WHERE IS YOUR ACTION?

      MAMA BAKASSI, SENATOR FLORENCE ITA GIWA; DAISY DANJUMA (EX-SENATOR OR NOT, AND YOUR HUSBAND IS A NORTHERNER AND A CHRISTIAN WITH SO MUCH CLOUT AND INFLUENCE); WOMEN’S GROUPS, INFLUENTIAL FEMALE PASTORS AND YOUR HUSBANDS, WHERE ARE YOU?

      WHERE ARE YOU? WHERE IS YOUR VOICE? WHERE IS YOUR ACTION?

      How many battles will Oby Ezekwesili alone fight?

    • Lala

      October 14, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Please come out clearly and make your point don’t hide behind quotes.. What has civilization got to do with this paedophile ? It’s actually the reverse where if this was a civilized country this EMIR would have been in jail for sexual assault a long time ago..

    • HOSANNA.

      October 14, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      @yemite, YOU ARE A FOOL!

      Why don’t you have a little girl, then have some old perverted, deviant paedophile, kidnap your precious child and rape her, and ‘marry” her, and forcefully, with threats and intimidation of himself and his entire coterie of much older men, father and grandfather figures, ‘with all the status and power of kingship, threaten and intimidate her, and even you and your family and all she holds dear to her, ‘convert’ her to a religion and system of beliefs foreign and contrary to that which you have brought and trained her up in and that she has known and lived by all her young life, by fear, threats and intimidation, in private, manipulate, control, brainwash her into silence except their programmed responses, in public, IN THIS COUNTRY WHERE WE HAVE A CONSTITUTION AND LAWS AND YOU THE PARENT WHO KNOW YOUR CHILD AND THE TRUE CIRCUMSTANCES ARE DYING IN PAIN EVERY DAY AND CRYING OUT FOR JUSTICE FOR YOUR CHILD AND FOR YOU?

      You twerp, you fool, you compounded, eminently insensitive, unintelligent, fool amongst fools, you fool whom even fools call a fool, HOW DARE YOU? If your brain (as well as your heart) was also abducted and kidnapped along with the little girl, can you not just SHUT UP?!!!

      Do you know her parents can die from the pain and heart-break? Talk to the Chibok parents/community, let them educate your skull since your brain was abducted. Have you any idea the perpetual torment every second of every day these parents will be going through? The thoughts and images they fight CONSTANTLY to keep out of their minds? Talk to the Chibok parents. What kind of something, anything closely or distantly related to PEACE, in any shape, form or iteration, do you in your empty skull imagine is possible and available to these parents? Talk to the Chibok parents. What manner of taste do you imagine any kind of food and drink has? What kind, type, specie, form of sleep and dreams, do you, in your vacant brain-box assign to these parents?

      What that girl has been going and is still going through, every day, every night, surrounded by strangers, in a completely strange and foreign environment, away from her parents, her school, her school books, her school friends, her church, her church friends; soon, they will declare she is pregnant. AND NORTHERNERS, NORTHERN MUSLIMS,e.g. SANUSI AL SANUSI HRH, BUKOLA SARAKI, MOHAMMADU BUHARI, MOHAMMADU BUHARI,MOHAMMADU BUHARI!!! ARE KEEPING QUIET! DOING NOTHING!!!

      SHAME! SHAME! BIG, BIG, GREAT SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!

      SHAME!!! ON YOU!!!1

      MAY ALL THEIR PAIN COME ON YOU, ALL THEIR SORROW, ALL THEIR LOSS, MAY IT ALL COME ON YOU SEVEN TIMES OVER FOR YOUR COMPLICITY AND YOUR SILENCE AND YOUR INACTION (ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE THE MEANS TO CHANGE THE SITUATION) IN THE FACE OF ABOMINABLE EVIL AND INJUSTICE; MAY THE DIVINE JUDGMENT AND RETRIBUTION FALL UPON YOU SWIFTLY AND MERCILESSLY, BOTH CULPRITS AND CULPABLE AND MAY YOU NEVER KNOW PEACE TILL THE PEACE WHICH THE ALMIGHTY GOD PUT YOU IN YOUR POSITIONS OF POWER AND INFLUENCE TOP BRING TO THIS GREAT COUNTRY NIGERIA IS ESTABLISHED AND RULES AND REIGNS IN EVERY CAPITAL, HAMLET, NOOK, CRANNY AND HOME, MOST ESPECIALLY IN THE HOMES OF SUCH AS THESE FROM WHOM IT HAS BEEN STOLEN – ON YOUR WATCH! IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN AND AMEN AND AMEN!

      ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

      ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

      O GOD OF HEAVEN, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, I BESEECH THEE, O MY FATHER AND MY GOD, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

    • tamunotonye

      October 14, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      Oloshi!

    • Mohammad

      October 14, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Shame on all you religious folk who use your religion to perpetuate child abuse and many such hateful acts. Yet you will use the very offensive religion of yours to attack adults who in choosing to be in same-sex relationships hurt no one!
      Oh for a wish that your gods were real so that the thunder may strike you so heavily for your true evils!

    • Mohammad

      October 14, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Who can claim to be truly surprised? A country who’s president proudly declares on the world stage that his wife (28 years his junior) who although advocating cronyism, belongs in HIS kitchen, living room and the other room! I can not fit to shaöt!

    • Mohammad

      October 15, 2016 at 3:08 am

      *whose obvs!

    • ATL's finest

      October 14, 2016 at 7:29 pm

      @ yemite huh?????? Say what??? No sense is been made in your comment.

    • Judgment Will Surely Happen. NO Escape For The Wicked.

      October 14, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      2 Samuel 12 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

      “”And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came and said to him, There were two men in a city, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, But the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb which he had bought and brought up, and it grew up with him and his children. It ate of his own morsel, drank from his own cup, lay in his bosom, and was like a daughter to him. Now a traveler came to the rich man, and to avoid taking one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfaring man who had come to him, he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for his guest.

      Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, As the Lord lives, the man who has done this is a son [worthy] of death. He shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no pity.

      Then Nathan said to David, You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: I anointed you king of Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. And I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added that much again. Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, doing evil in His sight? You have slain Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife. You have murdered him with the sword of the Ammonites.

      Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because [you have not only despised My command, but] you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.

      Thus says the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your [a]own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.

      For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.””
      [Fulfilled in II Sam. 16:21, 22.]

    • Hear our Cry O God.

      October 15, 2016 at 2:00 am

      This is the emir of Buhari’s state, of buhari’s hometown, this is buhari’s personal traditional ruler. This is who and what you gullible people who voted buhari of daura in katsina into office, voted into office.

      May God arise and save this girl.

      May God arise and save Nigeria.

      No one else will do either.

    • Kelly

      October 15, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Are u in support of the marriage?

  2. Mrs chidukane

    October 14, 2016 at 10:01 am

    What is a 64 year old man looking for with a 14 year old girl. Truly this a religion that encourages kidnapping and paedophilia. Which one is asking her questions? What do you expect her to answer when she has probably been traumatized and threatened by the beast and his people. Oh a young girl can convert to Islam and all is well but a grown woman was imprisoned and almost killed with the support of her family because she converted to Christianity abii? If you want small girls so much why don’t you concentrate on your Muslim girls that know what’s up? Barbarians .

    • Mrs chidukane

      October 14, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Scratch that, no girl whether Muslim or Christian should have to go through this . Shame on the men who do this and the Muslims who lack the balls to speak out against it and effect a change.

  3. The Real Oma

    October 14, 2016 at 10:04 am

    SHAME…SHAME…SHAME…
    Everyone who upheld this ruling should hang their heads in SHAME,
    When will northern Nigeria see the light??
    SHAME

    • Luchi

      October 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      You spoke my mind.S.H.A.M.E….

  4. mz_titilitious

    October 14, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Sick people!

  5. keke driver

    October 14, 2016 at 10:11 am

    In 2016 this old fool still thinks it’s okay to get married to His “grand daughter.”

  6. Muse

    October 14, 2016 at 10:12 am

    What manner of f**kery is this?? The annoying aspect is, their leaders do not speak against this, they allow this deadly act thrive under their watch?? In fact, where is CAN?? If it doesn’t involve money, CAN wouldn’t speak up, this is just bad.

    • kike

      October 14, 2016 at 10:24 am

      If CAN speaks up too much they can decide to start killing innocent christians oooo!!!!

    • Mrs chidukane

      October 14, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Guess you didn’t read the article.

    • Mo

      October 14, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Please read the article, you obviously didn’t. CAN is involved.

  7. Nellyv

    October 14, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Gosh! ! Everything about this muslim people irritates me.Bunch of fools

  8. Victor Adegoke

    October 14, 2016 at 10:18 am

    This is unlawful and uncalled for.

    • Tosin

      October 14, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Victor the Victor!

  9. Person

    October 14, 2016 at 10:23 am

    F**king pedophile!!! How can a 14, FOURTEEN year old girl consent lawfully to marriage? Awon oloriburuku dede!

  10. zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    October 14, 2016 at 10:27 am

    The Emir for all is worth should be sued, for kidnapping and forceful marriage. He ought to be ashamed of himself.

  11. hadiza

    October 14, 2016 at 11:08 am

    u see them. Worthless men. How won’t they support it when they are beasts of same nature. Is there no law protecting children in this land?? or religion is above the law??and these men call themselves educated?? Northerners are not educated, even the once with PhD degree. I pity this country. UNICEF, see what Nigerian men are doing to children!!! I am ashamed to be a Nigerian. This country and the men in it disgust me. Disgusting Muslims. How can that old ape think it’s okay to marry a 14 year old?? and then u say Islam is a good religion. Islam is trash, like its prophet Mohammed.

    • Anon

      October 14, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Lmao no self righteous people attacking hadiza today ? ??

  12. Papermoon

    October 14, 2016 at 11:15 am

    These are pedophiles masquerading as traditional rulers……. these are pedophiles. This is As for men and this va****na business eh. This should be statutory rape in any civilized society. Even if the marriage had the consent of the parents, it would still be statutory rape. This here is some of the reasons why people lose all respect for men. What kind if self respecting society will allow their pefophile leaders to prey on little girls! Am so angry the criminal is even releasing statements.

  13. Cee

    October 14, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Mr. CAN Chairman, saying in your religion a girl cannot be married without the consent of her parents is also wrong. What we should be focusing on is that she is a minor under federal law. If this is not tackled from a legal standpoint, we cannot go anywhere because religions will always have different perspectives. Such a shame

    • Naijatalk

      October 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      In his capacity as a religious representative, he had to tow that line of argument; also in dealing with these irrational people, you have to find a common ground that is relatable to them. Legality is of little value to them because they are governed by a different law so quoting Nigerian law may be the best premise for arbitration.

    • Naijatalk

      October 14, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      *May not be the best premise…

    • Anon

      October 14, 2016 at 1:22 pm

      There is no such thing as a minor under federal law. If they kidnapped your 6 year old daughter and married her, only the kidnap would be illegal. Not the marriage. Our country is worse than we think

    • MC

      October 14, 2016 at 9:40 pm

      Wow! Really?

  14. Baco

    October 14, 2016 at 11:19 am

    It is rather unfortunate that these so called elders of the Muslim community act this way tarnishing the name of Islam and the good Muslims. Some people will read this and conclude that Islam condones this type of behavior when it does not. The Quran and the Sunnah are available to millions but people interpret it in their own ways to suit their desires. This is a shameful act by the Emir and his council.

    • Jimae Chinko

      October 14, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      Really!!….What version of the Quran do you read?….the Sunni or the Shia version…….. Sorry to disappoint you the Emir is a real muslim following in the footsteps of your false prophet Mohammed who did worst by raping&marrying a 8year old girl. Muslims like you are the pretenders who keep pulling a veil over our eyes trying to paint islam in a positive light when it’s not.Islam is a cancer to World Peace.

  15. Toluwalope

    October 14, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Really? These Northern pedophiles won’t stop dragging us back in every areas. This our forced marriage will end one day o

  16. Marlvina

    October 14, 2016 at 11:37 am

    The first issue is she was abducted! Case no1. Secondly, converted into Islam, case no.2! Then FORCED into marriage without her & parents consent! case no.3 She’s 14 for crying out loud, meant to be in school studying for her future & not acting a slave for some retard.

  17. Fashionista

    October 14, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Pervert Oshi! Pig!

  18. Naijatalk

    October 14, 2016 at 11:55 am

    When I comment, people like honey omo lekki will say I’m turning it into a Christian/whatever. Please through what lens is one supposed to view this? If the Emir wanted to marry again, what happened to women of his own religion? I am not even going to start on the issue of her age because clearly in that part of the world, rarional thinking is scarce.

  19. Me

    October 14, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Parents lock up your daughters, there are pedophiles in high pl;aces, I pray that the Emir of Katsina’s daughters be abducted and married against their wish. Why wouldn’t a 14 year old Isa say yes, if she has been coerced?! Why should she be making such decisions at such a tender age when are parents should be the ones to do just that. Shame on the Emir.

    Where there is no law there is no offence (Romans 4:15). What with the government say about this mess? Turn a blind eye! Isa be given back to her parents.

  20. ...just saying

    October 14, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    THIS WAS WHERE I REALLY HAD A PROBLEM WITH THE EMIR OF KANO. AS AN EDUCATED ELITE, HE WOULD HAVE SENT A STRONG WORD TO THE REST OF HIS CO-HORTS BY NOT MARRYING A MINOR UPON ASSUMPTION OF OFFICE, BUT NO, HOW COULD HE? WHEN THEY ARE ALL AFTER ALL PEDOPHILES

    • The Real Oma

      October 14, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Exactly @Just saying, that was also my argument when people said the girl he married was afterall 18. If he wanted to, Sanusi could have sent a very strong message to his fellow Islamic leaders by marrying a more mature woman and not one who had just clocked 18, and we all know the process began way before it appeared in the media – and the girl much younger.

    • The Real Oma

      October 14, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      And this coming after Rejoice’s article on VVF, my heart breaks for this young girls who do not know any better.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 14, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      That’s exactly what I was thinking of when I read this… that other article about young girls abandoned in hospitals once they start suffering from VVF.

      I’ve never allowed myself think too deeply into the minds of the people who do this but that last question they asked is disturbing… is this what they do? Mark young girls and then consider them ripe for sexual relations once that little girl gets her period? I used to be a child who suddenly woke up one day with the realisation that my body had changed… but a period does not make you a woman. There’s already plenty trauma caused by what your body goes through and your mind is trying to grapple with, at that stage of your development… then one old man will consider that enough to mount/impregnate you??

      And the emirate doesn’t even care that she was abducted for this to happen. These men are animals. You are all accursed animals and I pray that the youth and lives you’ve stolen will permanently haunt your days in constant judgement. For all the peace of the innocent that has been stolen, may your own peace be completely erased until your dying days. And I pray your souls never find rest until justice is repaid for your evil.

      And Northern Nigeria keeps on proving that it has a very long way to go. A verrrrrrryyyyyy long way… when the so called ruling elite (how won’t you be the ruling elite when you continue to encourage illiteracy and darkness in the people you lead??? 1 eyed saviours in the land of blind bats, ehnnn kwa??) continue to condone this wickedness. Tufiakwa!!!! Every last one of them is a pathetic disgrace, from that past CBN governor (who was always lauded as being a so well “educated”) to the rest.

  21. Beard gang

    October 14, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Frederick luggard, why did you do this to us? you brought upon us calamity and chaos. you had to have been f*#ing retarded to merge us with these degenerates! this is not an islam thing (yoruba muslims don’t do this inhumane and despicable thing) it is a f*#king northern problem! did you not see how different we were?!!! fucking british!

  22. Marian

    October 14, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Are they using them for sime kinda ritual to stay young???? I’m sure there are lots of older women who will willing marry this emir guy. Not a lawyer but i’m pretty sure a 14 year old can not consent to marriage. If the parents did not give their consent then the marriage should be null and void. Don’t we have statutory rape in naija??

  23. Corolla

    October 14, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    Sigh! A 14 year old girl? 14! I am tired!

  24. Talsha

    October 14, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Abomination !!!!!!!!

  25. Nene

    October 14, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    As much as we might not appreciate Islam can I just say that this is not really a religion problem but it is a MALE problem. How many Muslim women marry 14 year old boys? MEN are the problem. Why are they so useless and stupid?

  26. bree

    October 14, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    where is Zainab..always quick to defend crap, can u see your uncles are at it again? your people are helping nigerian hospitals admit more VVF patients daily.

    • ATL's finest

      October 14, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      @ Bree did u just say her Uncle??? Lol. Well I just pray God be with her & her fam as for the Northerners involved in such acts, that untimely sickness/dead awaits U.. What sort of pleasure can a GROWN A*** man get from kids?? This is so sickening & I can never get use to it or process the thoughts.

  27. T

    October 14, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    It’s sad to say this…but Muslims form a greater part of the world’s problems. What angers me is the fact that they feel they can do anything and get away with it. Let’s switch places…if it was a Muslim girl that a christian man abducted and converted to christianity,you think they’ll go to dialogue like CAN did?They’ll burn the whole community down!

    Nigerians have taken too much bullshit from these cows! And we sit here and do nothing?until they start coming into our homes to take our daughters?But if it’s the topic of pastor Adeboye saying you shouldn’t marry a woman that can’t cook or pray,everyone and everything will have an opinion!All the stupid twitter overlords will have something to say!And all you women in the national Assembly…what the heck are y” all doing?!!!Either we are afraid of them or we’re just plain hypocrites! I’m so angry right now.

  28. Kosi

    October 14, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    This is so unbelievable. A man feels he has the right to abduct another persons child and we are having a discussion about it? There are so many crimes her that we are not talking about. The man, and everyone connected to this issue should be arrested. He abducted a GIRL from her family home (1st crime) and raped her. , married her and raped her. Yes it is rape to have sex with a child.
    The police should be involved and he should be in jail. Sometimes I am so ashamed to be Nigerian.

    • Kosi

      October 14, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      This is so unbelievable. A man feels he has the right to abduct another person’s child and we are having a discussion about it? There are so many crimes her that we are not talking about. The man, and everyone connected to this issue should be arrested. He abducted a GIRL from her family home (1st crime) and raped her. Yes it is rape to have sex with a child.
      Sometimes I am so ashamed to be Nigerian.

  29. Tosin

    October 14, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Hmmm. First reaction – Emir for no marry small pikin nah, in this era of let everybody reach 18, but as she done marry now, nothing to say again.
    Second reaction – watch Timbuktu (2014)
    Third reaction – it’s complicated. The Emir should have shown by example. The girl is 15-ish. All this is leaving out the abduction bit of the story which is terrible. I’ve heard some terrible things from the previous young girl’s case Ese O, in which people said jazz can be used to hypnotize and basically … dude, I don’t know.
    If she willingly entered i.e. no jazz, then yeah, the thing should be for all Emirs and all of their leaders to address this thing and agree to gradually raise their marriage age especially to set a good example for all their ‘citizens’

  30. yemite

    October 14, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Lolz!! comments with same corridor. Lolz

    • Marlvina

      October 14, 2016 at 6:10 pm

      Lol, you’re expecting a staircase?

  31. Suga

    October 14, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    This story brought tears to my eyes in the office what kind of men are these that are bent on destroying girls child future? What are they looking for in a little child that they cannot find in a mature woman? I can’t even imagine this disgust for any 14 year old child even if the parents are my enemies. Just today I went to my 14 year old daughter’s school to address an issue regarding a boy in her class writing her a love letter. I made sure I understood the stand of the school authority on that act….. And to think that a man would keep her in his house for and to think that the parents are protesting, who collected the bride price? …. Chai! That must not happen to any of my children except you would marry the two of us at the same time or else…. Please where is Buhari, the Senate, our state governors, human rights Activist, Aisha Buhari, Onyeka Onwenu,Oby Ezekwesiri, and all our vocal actors and actresses? Because I’m sure that Muslim girls in London and America are also not abused like this. This is only applicable to Nigeria and many other African countries. This is nothing but child physical, psychological and spiritual abuse and must be resisted without any second thought. And who said that this country is civilised again?Generally people please let’s do all we can at all levels to unite this innocent girl with her parents.I wonder what the parents are feeling now. Nigeria is obviously a failed country. How disheartening!

  32. Peaches77

    October 14, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Kai Nigeria! see the quality of people at the top!

    This is infuriating. What kind of country is this? Then to think that the US will clearly overlook issues like this and continue to cossy up to Northern elders …. It just says a lot.

  33. yemite

    October 14, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Lolzz. Hahahahahaahhaaa. Lolzz some one mentioned U.S again most corrupted country. Ok more comments!!

  34. Nadi

    October 14, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    I don’t just get Muslims, ur religion is just backwards and in the dark, plsssssss come to the light. This , this right here is heart breaking, what about her rights?

  35. Furious

    October 15, 2016 at 12:03 am

    These things happen to Christian girls in the North constantly (and also in places like Egypt and Pakistan) and I’m forced to ask, is this part of some broader strategy to spread the religion?
    Are you telling me that if the Emir wanted a new wife, he couldn’t find one who was above 18 and already a Muslim?
    The keep saying ISlam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world, why won’t it grow when things like these are the norm?

    And I thought in Islam you couldn’t marry a woman or girl without her parents consent? So what gives?

    A child that should be heading to senior secondary, you abduct and subject her to a lifetime of daily rapes and horrors.
    What kind of wild beasts are these Northern Muslim men?
    And in all these, they claim moral superiority over the rest of us. Dirty perverts.

  36. Idomagirl

    October 15, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Imagine if a Christian traditional leader abducted a 14 year old Muslim girl, forcefully converted her to Christianity then married her, there would be riots and bloodshed everywhere.

  37. The greatest

    October 15, 2016 at 5:40 am

    This is address to some SO CALLED men, REAL MEN don’t do this.
    What do you think women are made of? Steel? Come on! This is about our children, their future, our daughters and the girl child. I thought to myself while reading about this and other stories as usual, this CANNOT be true, but once again to my utmost disappointment as I read through these lines, “Were you abducted? Were u forced to convert to Islam and were you seeing your period before you got married?????? It is true. How dare you! How can a so called traditional ruler adopt and forcefully marry a child because she has began her journey to womanhood? For God’s sake, she is still a child who perhaps still need mommy to help place her sanitary pad correctly. This makes me sick to my stomach. What is the president and all those in authority doing about this case? #savethechildbribe

  38. Kelly

    October 15, 2016 at 8:17 am

    This is heartbreaking. Where is Buari now? His mouth is glued abi? If this had happened to a Muslim war for don’t start. Dear God send down ur storm to wipe these Muslims

  39. yemite

    October 15, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Lolzzzzzzzzzzz.

  40. chris

    October 15, 2016 at 11:04 am

    What a wicked world . Is this man not ashame of him self how can a 64 years old man married tobjust 14year old girl. Tears flowing from my eyes now.SHAME TO YOU OLD MAN THINK ON WHAT YOU ARE DOING BEFORE GOD KILL YOU,

  41. Rolly

    October 15, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Muslim men are f*cking pigs. Paedophilic idiots with no ounce of shame. I hope these men rot in hell with their demonic religion.

  42. yemite

    October 15, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks to the Emir….you did it clearly and openly. Most of this fools commented on this writer are rapist. They sleep even with 12yrs old gurls. Idiotic comments. Bring more let me laugh lolzzzzzzz

  43. Matab

    October 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    The animal calling himself an emir,emir my foot.Shame on the northerners and Buhari,bunch of useless people.The girl should be giving that shameless man slow poison till he dies.The most painful part is that the Nigerian police and CAN are doing nothing about it,shame on u CAN for u all ar coward. I think the best solution is for this country to separate nd let the apes remain in their zoo,enough is enough of dis rubbish.

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