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Northern Governors’ Wives Visit Aisha Buhari to Seek Her Support in Addressing Rape & Early/Forced Marriage in the North



northern-governors-wives-visit-aisha-buhari1The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, has commended the efforts of Northern Governors’ wives for identifying and tackling the challenges of rape, forced marriage and the spread of drug abuse among youths in the North.

Aisha Buhari made the commendation on Monday when the 19 governors’ wives paid her a courtesy visit at the State House, Abuja.

She also commended them  for articulating the key challenges facing the region.

The wife of the president promised to do her best by working with relevant agencies to tackle the cases of rape, forced marriage and drug abuse .

She thanked them for working as a team to identify the challenges.

She said that her effort in assisting the less privileged and vulnerable children in Nigeria wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the governors wives.

The wife of the president promised to work with them to address the challenges facing the most families in the region.

The Chairperson of the Northern Governors Wives, Asma’u Yari, wife of Zamfara State Governor, who led the others to the visit, said it was to brief the first lady on the spread of drug abuse and addiction among women and youths in Northern Nigeria.

The wife of Kebbi State Governor, Dr. Zainab Bagudu, said they came to appreciate the effort of the first lady on her humanitarian effort which was yielding positive result.

Bagudu rejoiced with Aisha Buhari over the improvement of the security situation in Nigeria, especially in the North-East

She, therefore, expressed the hope that the collaboration between them and the wife of the president would continue to provide fruitful results.

The wife of Bauchi State Governor, Hadiza Abubakar, said the visit was also to seek for the support of the wife of the president on the way forward in addressing the challenges of rape and early marriage in the North.

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  1. hadiza

    November 1, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Look at these losers. what can u do stop rape and early marriage in the north when ur useless prophet was a paedophile and ur disgusting religion allows room for it. Pls, tell me how u plan to stop it. I pity u poor fools. Those paedophilic men u are tied to will never allow u make progress. They derive joy in treating women as third class citizens and having sex with children. Kai. I hate Muslims so much. Disgusting people with a disgusting religion.

  2. Gbemi

    November 1, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Bellanaija, I thought you filter comments. I am not a Muslim and Hadiza’s comment shouldn’t be posted.

    • tosyn

      November 1, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Like seriously that comment should not even come from someone whose name is Hadiza

  3. enny

    November 1, 2016 at 11:23 am

    i think d first comment shuldnt av been posted at all BN

  4. Anon

    November 1, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Forget what hadiza said about Islam as a whole, her comment does have a point. The prophet Married an 8 year old and wrote that you should hit your wife if she goes out without telling you. He himself punched his wife in the stomach for that

    • Lala

      November 1, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      And you think that inciting hate is worth it?

    • Justice.

      November 1, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      Prophet Mohammed married his own Aisha when she w as 6 years old and consummated (had sex with her) the marriage when she was 9 years old. You can Google if you wish.

      It has been variously alleged that Mohammadu Buhari married his own Aisha when she was 9 years old and got her pregnant when she was 12 years old.

      In my secondary school, the elite, top school for girls in this country at the time (I don’t know what the situation is now) which has its male, also federal, equivalent, it was, unfortunately, normal to arrive back at school for the first term of Form Four (as it was called then) and discover that somehow, 99.99% of all the northern, muslim girls that one had been with from Form One to Form Three, never returned to the school. Different girls from different families from different states. Only Christian northerners, and muslim northerners whose fathers (and lineage) were very rich and/or held big political posts e.g. governors, ministers, ambassadors, and who invariably also lived in and had homes in Lagos, mansions in Ikoyi and VI, could be found still in the school after Form 3. The others had had to go and be married off. On the average, girls are 10 years old in Form One, 11 in Form Two, 12 in Form Three. Even among the wealthy, I know the daughter of a very big banker and businessman who got married off immediately after secondary school however, her husband was a young man and she was allowed to work, given her own business to run, she set up and owned a school on the island in Lagos. She is an exception.

      People should end all the excuses ad allowances for what is wrong and evil. Be it religion, culture, whatever. Times have changed, the world has progressed and it can be seen how very dangerous health-wise this practice is to the young child-brides.

      I don’t know what the governors wives actually think they can do, what change they believe they can actually effect or if this is just a PR stunt. The person they are visiting was a child bride (allegedly); among the first ladies themselves, the probability of child brides is very high. Their husbands have child brides, their emirs have child brides, the senators and house of reps members from the muslim north have child brides. You have even senators that have been ministers of education, of petroleum, who married a child bride whilst minister of education. These rae who you have in the NASS, so, how will Bills like gender equality, child rights, etc ever pass?

      How will Habiba Isa be freed? and de-hypnotised?

    • Justice.

      November 1, 2016 at 6:03 pm


      It is ironic that the northern first ladies forum is being chaired by Zamfara state, I have to wonder and ask again, this seems more like a publicity/PR stunt. If there was any sincerity in this and if these ladies had any power to effect any change, sorely needed as it is, their charity would have begun from home.

      First of all, their host whom they are visiting has not been able to do anything, has never even spoken about the shameful abduction, rape, defilement and forced ‘marriage’ of Habiba Isa, the 15 year old schoolgirl, first to the emir of her home (by marriage) state, then in a bid to whitewash and save the emir (and their religion)’s image after public hue and cry, passed on to the serf who performed the abduction on behalf of the emir, the story being changed to her being married to Lawal not the emir, as if the hypnotism worked on the girl would work en masse on all Nigerians and we would forget that the Katsina emirate council had earlier arrogantly confirmed that Habiba Isa was married to the emir and that since she had started having her menstrual cycle when she met the emir there was no going back on the marriage despite her father’s protests that his daughter had been abducted, she was too young, and the marriage did not have his permission and consent and her supposed ‘conversion’ was false; he himself had been severely intimidated and threats made on his life (even though he came with 5 other persons, is a man, and a septuagenarian in age, how much more Habiba who is only 15 years old and was alone with all those men there?) if he did not sign a prepared document right there in the emir’s palace. Their host has never even spoken about Habiba’s situation and it is right there in her backyard where she had lived with her husband all these years in Daura in Katsina state.

      Their host has also. been publicly demeaned before the entire world and had her role and boundaries clearly defined for her. None of those 3 rooms have anything to do with law reforms, constitutional reforms, social action, social justice, impactful, meaningful, significant, lasting (not cosmetic, PR, photo-op stuff) community development and societal change. Only one room seems to apply to this visit i.e.e the living room, playing host, extending hospitality, everyone has to put on and show off their finery, pose for the cameras, make pretty speeches, and that’s where it ends.

      The northern first ladies forum is chaired by Zamfara state. The same Zamfara state where Sani Yerima, merely for political and electoral gain, brought sharia law into this country and pulled the nation further back into the dark ages and deep divisions and fratricide and religious and ethnic war. Whilst propounding and preaching sharia from the rooftops in his state, he was busy drinking cognac, Remy Martin, all the alcohol his body could take and having sex with an unending line of girls in his room at the Nicon Hilton in Abuja.

      In Zamfara state his administration left the people as destitute as ever. The state was entirely dependent on resources from the South, including value added tax (VAT) on the sale of alcohol which incidentally is banned in Zamfara state. Is it not shocking that a state that bans the sale of alcohol, even when the Governor secretly drinks the finest French Cognac, should collect VAT on the sale of alcohol from other states?

      It is in Zamfara state, right from government house that a THIRTEEN YEAR OLD from Egypt was married to the governor, Sani Yerima in the NATIONAL MOSQUE AT ABUJA with various lawmakers such as other birds of a feather like Senator Kabiru Gaya, former Governor of Kano State, a serving Senator, Senator Maina Maaji and ‘leaders’ and bigwigs from the north and the muslim community who attended the shameful wedding Fatiha. The girl and 30 members of her family who were lodged at the Protea hotel, Asokoro in Abuja had to be brought into Nigeria for the wedding to take place because the laws of her country (rightfully) consider her a minor and do not allow such so-called marriages between someone that young and a man of Yerima’s age who was in his late fifties or early sixties at the time.

      IN EGYPT THE LEGAL AGE FOR MARRIAGE IS 18 WITH PARENTAL CONSENT AND 21 WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT! That is in a country where about 94% of the population is muslim yet in Nigeria, the so-called emir of Katsina and his council can claim that 15 year old Habiba Isa does not need her father’s consent to marry! The northern governors wives form are not seeing this?

      Yerima paid his child bride’s father, who was his taxi driver whenever he was in Egypt, $100,000 for the girl.

      Correction to my earlier post: not to pass but to domesticate the Child Rights Act in all the 36 states and the FCT and going all the way to actually IMPLEMENT IT. Only about 23 or 24 states had domesticated it two years ago when the minister of women affairs then was crying out and out of those, only two states, Lagos and Akwa Ibom were implementing it.

      Not only that but the Constitution needs to be changed. Let’s use Zamfara state to highlight.

      On the Child Rights Act and much needed Constitutional reform: Sani Yerima was accused of having violated the Child Rights Act of 2003, however, under Article 61 Second Schedule of the Nigerian Constitution, the Nigerian Government has no power to legislate on marriages under Islamic law and customary law including matrimonial causes relating thereto. Based on that Article 61, Senator Yerima had no legal case to answer and the investigation was dropped.

      In his usual arrogant and unrepentant stance, Sani Yerima maintained that he had not violated Sharia and that Prophet Muhammad did marry a young girl as well.

      Three years later after she had had a child for him, Yerima divorced Maria (he had previously divorced one of his four wives to marry her) and sent her and her child packing and married a 15 year old (the previous hue and cry made him increase the age just a little) also from her country, Egypt. Many members of the Zamfara state house of assembly followed him to Egypt in his bridal party.

      Yerima, (and all the other paedophiles like him, be they in palaces, government house, houses of assembly, presidential villas, or huts,) requires great medical attention because he is most likely suffering from psychiatric disorder. The reason for this is based on medical diagnosis which states that, paedophilia is a psychiatric disorder that is typically characterized by a primary or exclusive sexual interest toward prepubescent or early postpubescent children. The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) defines paedophilia as a “disorder of adult personality and behaviour” in which there is a sexual preference for children of pre-pubertal or early pubertal age.

      Yerima is a senator REPRESENTING ZAMFARA STATE in the National House of Assembly but the governor’s wife from his state is chairing a forum supposedly “”seeking for the support of the wife of the president on the way forward in addressing the challenges of rape and early marriage in the North..””

      Who is fooling who?

  5. Anon

    November 1, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    There is no minimum age in the Quran for marriage. But you are an adult when you become a married woman

  6. tunmi

    November 1, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you for writing a full report. Talking about it is a good step. What concrete actions can be taken? I think improving public education would be most helpful: free public education and free meals. You can’t force an entire people to change their way of life, but you can get to the kids and use the leadership.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      November 1, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      And addressing the recent report of what’s happening to girls and women in the IDP camps should also be a really urgent issue on the list. Or is that a problem for the Federal govt as opposed to the states? I read that article and was so heartbroken – when you think to yourself, “how can I help by making a donation to these people?”, you’re further saddened with the knowledge that the very people who will accept funds are likely going to be the same ones who’ll enable the abuse.

      That terrible situation needs louder voices from the people who can actually force the camp administration to run under better leadership. Ladies, I’m really hoping that you’ll find some way to look into this as well.

  7. Suga

    November 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    At last!

  8. Justice.

    November 1, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    BN, where is my other comment? I posted it several hours ago or are you not interested in true justice for the girl child, for children and for Habiba Isa?

  9. Justice.

    November 2, 2016 at 9:15 am

    BN, kindly post my other comment. I posted it since yesterday or are you really not interested in true justice for the girl child, for children and for Habiba Isa? My comment is full of facts and highlights issues that need critical, urgent attention. You can regularly post the filth by commenters like @hadiza and @a real Nigerian but you have not posted my second comment?

  10. Justice.

    November 2, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    BN, thank you.

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