Ex. Zamfara State Governor Senator Yerima Ahmed Sanni marry 13 years old girl(minor).

Kindly advise Senator Ahmed Sanni former gov. Zamfara State to return the little girl to their parents or he should marry her to his son instead of him. The House response is awaited.

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The quiet marriage of former Zamfara State governor and Senate Minority Whip, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima to a 13-year old Egyptian girl, has continued to attract condemnation by the womenfolk.
A coalition of women groups yesterday took its protest to the Senate, urging the Senate President, David Mark leadership of the Upper House to suspend him for marrying an underaged girl.

The coalition, led by Dr. Mma Nkwocha, comprised the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Women Rights Advancement and Pro-tection Alternative (WRAPA) and the Global Association of Women Attorneys (GAFA).
In a swift reaction to the protest, Senators Chris Anyanwu, Emem Uffot Ekaette, Nkechi Nwaogu and Patricia Akwashiki pledged to provide support to the group in its advocacy against the act.

In addition to the call on the Senate leadership to suspend Yerima, the coalition urged his constituents in Zamafara Central Senatorial District to recall him from the Senate.
But Chair of the Senate Committee on Information and Media, Senator Ayogu Eze, said at a briefing session yesterday that those opposed to Yerima’s marriage should go to court.

According to him, “It is not the responsibility of the Senate to begin to investigate if he (Yerima) has broken the law. The Senate is not a law enforcement agency.”

Leader of the Coalition, Nkwocha had said, while briefing Senate Correspondents, that “The people who are supposed to be guarding the nation are the ones breaking the rules.

“Hitherto, Nigeria had hidden under the guise of Islam or Christianity but the issue in question is the marriage of one minor.

“Maybe because of poverty, he brought this little girl to Nigeria to complete the marital rites.

“We are calling on senator Yerima to resign because this is not the first time. We learnt that another girl that he had taken before now is turning seventeen years.

“He has kept that one aside and has come for this little one. Are we disposable commodities? It is unbecoming of a nation called Nigeria.

“We should be the ones advocating the abolition of child marriage…It is not acceptable.”

GAFA representative, Mrs. Chinelo Iriele, said “Nigerian women are sad because the Child Right Acts, Section 21 prohibits Child marriage.

“Section 22 prohibits betrothal of a child under the age of 13. Today one of our senators, Senator Yerima, who is a member of the highest law making body in the country, is committing the same offence that attracts the penalty of five years imprisonment or N500,000 fine or both.

“If we have a man like Senator Yerima, what happens to our bill on child abuse? We are calling for his withdrawal because it is a shame that Senator Yerima should contract marriage with a thirteen year old.

“This year, the one he married when she was fifteen would be seventeen this year. If we allow this to go on, by this time next year, he would be marrying a six-year old girl.

“We want the people of Zamfara State to start the process that would recall him from the senate. We are not afraid.”

Violence: Ogun Declares Curfew in Ado-Odo Town
From Sheriff Balogun in Abeokuta

Office of the Secretary to the Ogun State government yesterday declared a dawn to dusk curfew from 6pm to 6am in Ado-Odo town in Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State over tension mounted in the community.
In a statement signed by the SSG, Otunba Adegbemi Onakoya, and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta stated that the curfew was necessary as a result of the communal unrest in the town.

According to him, “Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Governor of Ogun State in his capacity as the Chief Security Officer of the state hereby declare a dawn to dusk curfew from 6pm to 6am in Ado-Odo town in the Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of the state with effect from today Tuesday, 27 until further notice”.

However, speaking with the Council Chairman, Hon Abayomi Tella, on telephone, he explained that the tension mounted in the small community in the council has been on ground for the past 20 years over land dispute, saying that the land dispute has been creating communal clashes and violence in the community.

He further said the recent clashed happened last week where many individual injured and property were destroyed, adding the latest Supreme Court judgment declaring someone as the rightful owner of the said property created another dimension to the existing crisis in the community.

He added that the latest Supreme Court judgment introduced another violence in the community when the opposition party in contest of the property failed to accept the outcome of the judgment stormed the community, set houses ablaze, killed human being, and destroy other things.

He however, said that the curfew was necessary because peace meeting, dialogue and plea have been made nothing good came out of it, added that the curfew was to checkmate the rate of violence as well as returning peace back to the community.

However, the Special Adviser to the governor on Security, Mr. Lamide Odulawa, who also spoke to THISDAY on phone, said the curfew was necessary because of the tension and several attack of lives and property in the community, adding that with the curfew night attack would as well be curbed.
The quiet marriage of former Zamfara State governor and Senate Minority Whip, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima to a 13-year old Egyptian girl, has continued to attract condemnation by the womenfolk.
A coalition of women groups yesterday took its protest to the Senate, urging the Senate President, David Mark leadership of the Upper House to suspend him for marrying an underaged girl.

The coalition, led by Dr. Mma Nkwocha, comprised the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Women Rights Advancement and Pro-tection Alternative (WRAPA) and the Global Association of Women Attorneys (GAFA).
In a swift reaction to the protest, Senators Chris Anyanwu, Emem Uffot Ekaette, Nkechi Nwaogu and Patricia Akwashiki pledged to provide support to the group in its advocacy against the act.

In addition to the call on the Senate leadership to suspend Yerima, the coalition urged his constituents in Zamafara Central Senatorial District to recall him from the Senate.
But Chair of the Senate Committee on Information and Media, Senator Ayogu Eze, said at a briefing session yesterday that those opposed to Yerima’s marriage should go to court.

According to him, “It is not the responsibility of the Senate to begin to investigate if he (Yerima) has broken the law. The Senate is not a law enforcement agency.”

Leader of the Coalition, Nkwocha had said, while briefing Senate Correspondents, that “The people who are supposed to be guarding the nation are the ones breaking the rules.

“Hitherto, Nigeria had hidden under the guise of Islam or Christianity but the issue in question is the marriage of one minor.

“Maybe because of poverty, he brought this little girl to Nigeria to complete the marital rites.

“We are calling on senator Yerima to resign because this is not the first time. We learnt that another girl that he had taken before now is turning seventeen years.

“He has kept that one aside and has come for this little one. Are we disposable commodities? It is unbecoming of a nation called Nigeria.

“We should be the ones advocating the abolition of child marriage…It is not acceptable.”

GAFA representative, Mrs. Chinelo Iriele, said “Nigerian women are sad because the Child Right Acts, Section 21 prohibits Child marriage.

“Section 22 prohibits betrothal of a child under the age of 13. Today one of our senators, Senator Yerima, who is a member of the highest law making body in the country, is committing the same offence that attracts the penalty of five years imprisonment or N500,000 fine or both.

“If we have a man like Senator Yerima, what happens to our bill on child abuse? We are calling for his withdrawal because it is a shame that Senator Yerima should contract marriage with a thirteen year old.

“This year, the one he married when she was fifteen would be seventeen this year. If we allow this to go on, by this time next year, he would be marrying a six-year old girl.

“We want the people of Zamfara State to start the process that would recall him from the senate. We are not afraid.”

Violence:
Jimoh, u are really trying but one thing that is clear is that the girl in question, has not made any noise, no media houses has reported that she was not interested. we keep talking of Yerima's marriage but other senators has girl friends of 12 years, 13 years and so many others. so i suggest that we leave Yerima and his Nemesis to discuss and settle.
thank u very much but i hope ur daughter is still waiting for meoooooooooooo

JIMOH OMEIZA TAIWO said:
The quiet marriage of former Zamfara State governor and Senate Minority Whip, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima to a 13-year old Egyptian girl, has continued to attract condemnation by the womenfolk.
A coalition of women groups yesterday took its protest to the Senate, urging the Senate President, David Mark leadership of the Upper House to suspend him for marrying an underaged girl.

The coalition, led by Dr. Mma Nkwocha, comprised the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Women Rights Advancement and Pro-tection Alternative (WRAPA) and the Global Association of Women Attorneys (GAFA).
In a swift reaction to the protest, Senators Chris Anyanwu, Emem Uffot Ekaette, Nkechi Nwaogu and Patricia Akwashiki pledged to provide support to the group in its advocacy against the act.

In addition to the call on the Senate leadership to suspend Yerima, the coalition urged his constituents in Zamafara Central Senatorial District to recall him from the Senate.
But Chair of the Senate Committee on Information and Media, Senator Ayogu Eze, said at a briefing session yesterday that those opposed to Yerima’s marriage should go to court.

According to him, “It is not the responsibility of the Senate to begin to investigate if he (Yerima) has broken the law. The Senate is not a law enforcement agency.”

Leader of the Coalition, Nkwocha had said, while briefing Senate Correspondents, that “The people who are supposed to be guarding the nation are the ones breaking the rules.

“Hitherto, Nigeria had hidden under the guise of Islam or Christianity but the issue in question is the marriage of one minor.

“Maybe because of poverty, he brought this little girl to Nigeria to complete the marital rites.

“We are calling on senator Yerima to resign because this is not the first time. We learnt that another girl that he had taken before now is turning seventeen years.

“He has kept that one aside and has come for this little one. Are we disposable commodities? It is unbecoming of a nation called Nigeria.

“We should be the ones advocating the abolition of child marriage…It is not acceptable.”

GAFA representative, Mrs. Chinelo Iriele, said “Nigerian women are sad because the Child Right Acts, Section 21 prohibits Child marriage.

“Section 22 prohibits betrothal of a child under the age of 13. Today one of our senators, Senator Yerima, who is a member of the highest law making body in the country, is committing the same offence that attracts the penalty of five years imprisonment or N500,000 fine or both.

“If we have a man like Senator Yerima, what happens to our bill on child abuse? We are calling for his withdrawal because it is a shame that Senator Yerima should contract marriage with a thirteen year old.

“This year, the one he married when she was fifteen would be seventeen this year. If we allow this to go on, by this time next year, he would be marrying a six-year old girl.

“We want the people of Zamfara State to start the process that would recall him from the senate. We are not afraid.”

Violence:
I think Yarima is not wrong because nigerians are just talking about his wife been an under age, But non of them even know the name the age of the girl.
So, Keep your Mouth shot madam ekaite,go and look for your own kind of people. U think we dont know wat u people are doing. As for those calling for his removal u will never succeed.
Ahmed Sanni's act is a disrepute to the Hallowed Chambers of the Senate. But let us watch and see how his fellow "Distinguished" Senators will re-act to this.
what law are people talking about?this is all noise.the age of consent in nigeria is 13 years old.so what law has been broken?in egypt the age of consent is 18.
choose what they want in trade of their daughter?
guy, lets be realistic and face the fact. what do u really expect from such girl? how do u expect her to make choices of hers? the girls choices does not really matter in such action, it's just what she's been told to do, having no option whatsoever.
Why is everything in Nigeria always about self interest? Regardless of whether the victim is your family or not, one thing I do know is this, it is immoral for an adult to fornicate with a minor. In a civilised world this kind of act will be dealt with hence forth. ( Gary Glitter)This guy is a paedophile period. There is reason why someone is classed as a minor in a civilised society. Mental and physical development of 13 years old is at an early stage that you do not need a paedophile to tamper with. Only in a country like Nigeria where probably there are no clarity in the laws that deal with paedophiles. Nigeria as a nation has a long way to go if everything is based on money, fame and self interest. Before we open our mouth and alter filth,why can’t we think of the implications as we are now in a global network? When other civilised people read the thoughts of Nigerians that it is ok to abuse a 13year old child, people will think we are monkeys. I live in a civilised society where if someone abused my child there are consequences and they will be registered as a child sex offenders after serving their sentence if convicted. That person will never work or close to a child again. Let us tell the world that we are not monkeys as perceived and that we have morals, after all Nigeria has one of the most imploding religious congregations on the planet, be it muslim , Christians or other.

Nku 1 said:
My broda,if u r in his position,u ll not return the young girl because u ll be still looking for blood tonic, so don't act as if u don't like it,na his choice.

Even as i am talking here i need below 13 yrs
Thank you very much Mr. Sheu Balogun for ur more light on the issues of child traficking, as we all kick against this issue i have never seen somebody from northern nigeria to comment on this. This is not "ISLAMICAL" at all. Yerima proved that he is following what is in the Qur'an and the Hadith of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). let him quote to us Muslims the chapter and the verse.
my friend, the deed has been done and there nothing anyone can do about it. the wrongs commenced from the girl's family. lets just say it's an act of freedom and for the so called ex state gov he a shame to adult hood.
There is a lot we can do by changing the ways we look after children, especially those impoverished in the society. Where would South African Blacks be today If the whole world left Mandela to rot in Jail as it has nothing to do with the rest of the world, Freedom for Blacks in South Africa will be a mirage. Laws are borne out of injustice. Sarah law for example. I live in a society where people fight injustice on behalf of those that do not have the means or knowledge. It is only in Africa where children are enslaved by the powerful. The parents are seduced by power and wealth or sometimes threat.

Raymond paul said:
my friend, the deed has been done and there nothing anyone can do about it. the wrongs commenced from the girl's family. lets just say it's an act of freedom and for the so called ex state gov he a shame to adult hood.

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