Child Marriage: Senator Ahmed Sani Yariman Bakura Replies His Accusers

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.

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.