On Tuesday July 16th, the Nigerian senate gatehered to amend the constitution, during their discussion they all agreed on 18-years the official marriage age for girls. Then the former governor of Zamfara State, Sani Yerima ( now a Senator) who got married to a supposedly 13-years-old Egyptian girl in 2010, opposed the motion, saying the age restriction is anti-islam (seriously??). Not just that, some of the Senators agreed with him. Right now, there is no age specification for girls in the new constitution, marriage age for women is left open. They stated that "a woman is deemed to be Full of Age once she is married irrespective of the age she did so".
What I don't understand is, are we being ruled under Islamic law? If they want to get married to under-age girls and give their under-age daughters to grandpa's to marry according to their law, why make it a Nigerian law? Please what's your take on this?
Below is a statement from Senator Sani Yerima regarding the age restriction...
''Nigeria has many uncountable problems and none of them is early marriage. As a matter of fact, early marriage the solution to about half of our problems.
For those who wonder if I can give my daughter(s) out in marriage at the age of 9 or 13, I tell you most honestly, I can give her out at the age of 6 if I want to and its not your business.
This is because I am a Muslim and I follow the example of the best of mankind, Muhammad ﺻَﻠَّﻰ ﺍﻟﻠَّﻪُ ﻋَﻠَﻴْﻪِ ﻭَﺳَﻠَّﻢَ .
In Islam, marriage is not only about sex, it is about family and helping one another in achieving their goals, which is the attainment of Paradise.
In Islam, a girl can be given out in marriage as early as 6 years old, but consummation of the marriage can only be done when the girl becomes physically mature and she gives her consent to it because unlike English law, it is not permissible for a man To Molest his wife in Shari'ah Law.
So what can anybody tell me?
~ I live in a city where young girls at the age of 12 have already became serial fornicators and cannot count the number of man they've Were Intimate with.
~ I live in a City where primary school children disvirgin themselves behind toilets on Valentine day.
~ I live in a city where young girls flood the street at night looking for men that would give them N500 to Be Intimate with them.
~ I live in a city where parents send their daughters out overseas to prostitute and send dollars down.
~ I live in a City where Government officials pick undergraduates from University car parks with Coastal Buses to wild sex parties.
~ I live in a city where abortion is so common that even a Chemist shop owner can perform abortion with just N2,500.
These are your daughters, and this should worry you and not Yerima's private matters. So ask me again why I support early marriage and I will slap the Jinn out of your head''.
- Senator Ahmad Sani Yarima