I’m not the kind to concern myself with the plenty fake kind of democracy we enjoy in this country. I’ve gotten to the stage where I think it is better to keep quiet, pray and hope for a better national leader than give myself headache over issues I can’t do anything about. I’m a nigerian that just read the news and shake my head in penury but this is almost too much for me to keep quiet about. As a female with lots of dreams about the liberation of females all over the world, I will speak my mind about this!
Why should a man who claimed to be educated and a law maker suggest that under-aged marriage should be approved and then back it up with religion? It is “un-islamic” not to allow such marriage, so you claim. I could not even stop myself from being angry at such retort. This is not the matter of religion but to satisfy selfish means. Apart from the fact that it is wrong for Yerima to blaspheme against religion, it is also wrong for him to suggest that a girl as young as 13 to give up her life for marriage. What happens when every parent, especially those that are struggling to send their children to school, decide to stop educating their girls? Is Yerima saying that girls don’t have any reasonable quota to add to the community except to marry and serve their husbands? Don’t these people think deep? Under-aged marriage is a thing of the past and should not even be brought around in 2013 where everything is getting re-branded, where women leaders are rising and women duties are so far from the kitchen alone.
All I can I see is a selfish man who wants the law to cunningly justify his reason for marrying that 13year old girl some years back or he wants to marry another. Law makers should stop destroying the future of so many people for their own greediness. They should stop giving the wrong reasons not to like a religion just because of their own greed. If the under-aged marriage can be constitutionally acceptable, then the future of nigeria is BLEAK!!
Where we have chosen to put all the blame on these selfish, power-driven, educated illiterate men, I will like us not to. Though a law is in support of the under-aged marriage but the parents of these children are key determinants to the future of these girls. At 13, I did practically everything my parents told me; they were my voice. So, if these parents decide to “sell” their girls out all in the name of poverty, then I think our cries are just useless. We should not only petition to eradicate this law but also empower/educate these men. Under-aged marriage is the same as slavery. Whether we like it or not, it is a form of child abuse. Petitioning is not only the key to eradicate child marriage but educating the parents too!!
God help the girl child!!!
Note: If you’re in Lagos, don’t keep quiet, join us at the #ChildNotBride Petition Signing | Alausa Park, Opposite Lagos State Governor’s Office, Ikeja … http://t.co/IL20djiLIF
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