Nigerian Senate Approves Marriage for Underage Women, So Far Her Parents Says Yes

By 10:47 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 Comments

The much-awaited voting on recommendations of the Senate Committee on the Review of the Constitution took place Tuesday, this week with the parliament throwing out the recommendation of a six-yearsingle term for the president and governors The senate also left the marriage age for Nigerian women opened.

Excerpts from ThisDayLive

The Senate also resolved to alter Section 29 (a) of the constitution that stipulates that a woman shall not be qualified for marriage until she attains the 18 years as they deleted age specification for women being married from the draft constitution and left the marriage age for women open.

While deleting the section from the draft constitution yesterday, the Senate claimed that a woman is deemed to be ¡°full of age¡± once she is married irrespective of the age she did so.

The parliament, which had earlier retained this section by its voting, opted to alter it in submission to the alarm raised by Senator Ahmad Sani (Zamfara West), who claimed that the provision which stipulates a certain age for women before getting married, was at variance with Islamic law.

After a moment of controversy, Senate President David Mark asked his colleagues to vote afresh on the provision, a situation that eventually went in favour of Sani, who, thereafter, thanked the Senate president and his colleagues for supporting his cause. It is worthy of note that Sani had two years ago married a 13-year-old Egyptian in violation of the constitutional provision.

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