Tuesday, 23 July 2013
“I Can Give Out Any Of My Daughters In Marriage Even At The Age Of 6″ - Senator Alhaji Ahmed Sani Yerima
The Senator has recently been in the limelight of negative commonts by Nigerians because of his stand on the proposed deletion of Section 29 (devoted mainly to Citizenship), Subsection 4 (a) (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) by the Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu-led Senate’s Constitution Review Committee.
To get a clearer picture, Section 29 Subsection (1) states: Any citizen of Nigeria of full age who wishes to renounce his Nigerian citizenship shall make a declaration in the prescribed manner for the renunciation of this section. While the controversial Subsection that led to outrage (4) states for the purposes of subsection (1) that (a) “full age” means the age of eighteen years and above; (b) any woman who is married shall be deemed to be of full age. It was at this point Yerima invoked a point of order citing Item 61 of Part 1 of the Second Schedule of the Constitution which bars the National Assembly from legislating on matters of formation, annulment and dissolution of marriages under Islamic and Customary laws.
Now, under Islamic laws, any woman that is married is of age whether she is up to 18-years or not. Therefore, the Senator argued that putting the age limit at 18, contravenes Islamic law.
Due to the public outlash that followed the bill Senator Yerima then proceded to release this statement below.
'Nigeria has many uncountable problems and none of them is early marriage. As a matter of fact early marriage 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 Molest 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 Were Intimate 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 Be Intimate 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 shop 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''.