Child bride sparks outrage in Nigeria

Nigerian women’s groups say they’ll take legal action against a politician who married a 13-year-old Egyptian girl at Nigeria’s national mosque.

Female members of the country’s senate have promised to support a petition to reprimand Senator Ahmad Sani Yerima, 49, the BBC reported Wednesday. Sani married the girl at the mosque in Abuja several weeks ago, the BBC said.

Nigeria’s human rights commission says it will investigate whether the marriage is legal.

Women’s rights groups say Sani has broken the law, citing the Child Rights Act of 2003.

“When you marry them out at this early stage, is it because it is viewed as a commodity that can be easily disposed of and a new one acquired,” Mma Wokocha, the leader of the coalition protesting the marriage, said.

The group wants an investigation into the child’s identity, her age, the circumstances of her entry into Nigeria and the dowry paid to her family, the BBC reported.

See also:
* Nigeria – investigation into senator’s ‘child bride’
* Nigerian senator Sani denies marrying girl of 13


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