When this email/petition was sent to me, I knew I had to endorse and share it.
Since I saw the email I cannot remain mute about the current bill passed, the vote on the constitution amendment bill which caused an uproar in the senate this past Tuesday.
“The contentious provision, Section 29, allows citizens who are of age to renounce Nigerian citizenship if they wish. For that purpose, the constitution says, 18-year-olds and above shall be considered to be “of age”.
In addition, a woman or girl who is married, shall also be considered to be of age- a section that could be interpreted to imply that even a day old child, once married, shall be considered to be of age.
The tricky part is:
“That this section, when referenced in the larger picture will make a pedophile, who marries even an 8 year old (as I have seen in Nigeria) “not liable because his “CHILD Wife” is automatically considered an adult. The likes of him will immediately point you to section 29, subsection 4b that says – “any woman who is married shall be “deemed to be of “full age.””
The child that got married did not chose to do so on her own will, she was forced into marriage and should not be deemed an adult as a result..
Nigerians, it is time to lend your voices, sign the petition and share your thoughts.
We need to protect the girl child from incessant abuse. Take a minute to sign the petition that was started here
I am Stephanie Linus and I support the #ChildNotBride movement in Nigeria!