Child Marriage: Senator Ahmed Sani Yariman Bakura Replies His Accusers

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July 20, 2013

By Senator Ahmad Sani Yarima

Nigeria has many uncountable problems and none of them is early marriage. As a matter of fact early marriage is 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 rape 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 had sex 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 have sex 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 store 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.

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of NewsRescue
Editors note– It is important to point out that the senate proceedings that led up to the public chaos, were actually not about child marriage, but about the rights of women who are married, regardless of the age they marry. The right in review, was their right to renounce Nigerian citizenship–in seeking asylum for instance. Senator Yerima and 35 other senators voted to keep the law as is, giving these young wives the full rights of adults, to make decisions including citizenship renouncement, divorce, etc. Nigeria’s media has been awash with shameful misinterpretation of the happenings, which had nothing to do with child marriage. Our article here explains. Sadly, it is evident that many of Nigeria’s senators who voted to delete the law, are slightly more than barely literate and the Nigerian press is no better. See error and ludicrous journalism in Punch, AllAfrica, Dailypost, Naij, SaharaReporters, to point out a few irresponsible editorials that assumed the proceedings had something to do with enabling child marriage.
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    Fatima N. Zubair 21 July, 2013 at 18:55 Reply

    Salaam, dear brother, NO one wants to object to any one practicing our (your) religion. You don’t need a bill to tell you that you can marry any girl who is 12, 11 or any age. Or marry off your daughter at any age you wish. The constititutiin is clear. The islamic position is such that a lot of scholars are questioning the age of Aisha(RA) as 6 and 9 years when she married the prophet (PBOH). Infact all the shia scholars insist she was 17 when she married the prophet. Other eminent scholars like ibn Hashim on his biography of the prophet, Nawawi, Suyuty, Tabari and others argue that she could not have been 6 or 9 when her birth, marriage and historical events where matched.
    If you weigh the situation you will realize that signing that bill into law will do more harm than good to the Ummah.
    And it is not the fact that the age marriage is legal or not legal nothing had ever stopped our people from marrying young girls.
    Yarima never needed the approval of senate to marry his child bride.
    we need to look at the long term consequences of such action. I am not saying the age limit should be set at 18 but it should not be set at an age when those who can will misuse it.
    I feel strongly about this because I have seen the damage it does to children and our deen does not encourage inflicting such physical and psychological trauma on those who are helpless. Peace be upon you.

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    ALBATTUTA 23 July, 2013 at 12:00 Reply

    STELLA DAMASUS LA ANA TULLAHI ALAIKI: YES ITS NOT ONLY RELIGION BUT ITS A REAL LIFE SCENARIO LETS SEE THIS LINK AND BELIEVE WITH HE WHO PREACHES OTHERS CONDEMNS HIMSELF AND SEE WHY RELIGION SHOULD BE USED AS A REFERENCE FOR REAL BELIEVERS… SHE MARRIED OVER AGE THATS WHY SHE THINKS JUSTICE SHOULD BE DONE TO ALL OUR YOUNG INNOCENT LADIES… BE REST ASSURED EVERY ONE THAT MUST ADMIRE HER WILL ONE DAY BE INVOLVED WITH HER AS THIS MEN HAVE TASTED HER SHAMELESS AND CURSED LIFE………. http://nigeriafilms.com/news/19782/2/nollywood-actress-stella-damasus-marries-again.html

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    FREDODOH 26 July, 2013 at 21:12 Reply

    This brouhaha is all balderdash . Even Yerimah, the man in the centre of all this rubbish is not able to differentiate between the two debates, which are:

    (1) the right of any married female person to renounce her citizenship in case she wishes to change her country for whatever reasons. (already in the constitution)

    (2) the full age at which a female person can be married off. This is the adult age of 18 in most countries of the world. This is the law that Yerimah broke by marrying a 13 year old girl from another country last year and he claims that it is ok in his religion to do so. He even justifies himself in saying that there is already sexual promiscuity in Nigeria and several nations of the world.

    Finally, he says that his private life is nobody’s business ! a federal lawmaker ! He even threatened to beat up any one probing into his private affairs……………oh Nigeria!

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