The Nigerian senate just passed a law allowing the marriage of young girls, some as young as 10, as long as they are “physically developed” and their parents and potential suitors are fine with it.

Several are outraged and disgusted that underage marriage is now approved by the Nigerian Constitution, and a petition was created to urge the United Nations to stop this.

The petition reads:

The Nigerian Senate just approved language that would remove the protection for young women and girls from repeatedly being rape in the guise of early marriage.

New York-based Guttmacher Institute’s study reports that the Nigerian authorities have been failing to implement sexual health education for decades and now, the Nigerian Senate has made it part of the Nigerian Constitution to give adult men the right to take any young girl as a wife, even as young as ten years old.

Here is the senate’s new rule: “”The Nigerian Senate also resolved to alter Section 29 (a) of the constitution that stipulates that a woman shall not be qualified for marriage until she attains the 18 years as they deleted age specification for women being married from the draft constitution and left the marriage age for women open. The Senate claimed that a woman is deemed to be “full of age” once she is married irrespective of the age she did so.”

We need your help to get ACTION from the United Nations to stop the government of Nigeria from this grave injustice!

Sign the petition here.

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  • While I’m glad people are talking about this issue, there is a LOT of misinformation. The Senate didn’t JUST pass a law. They were trying to DELETE a constitutional clause that would actually address the issue of underage marriage and get rid of a loophole, but unfortunately they didn’t get the 2/3rds majority needed, because one of the main pervs in Senate put up an argument to support it, especially since he himself is currently married to a 14 year old. Yes, supreme Perv. While it IS an important issue that needs to be addressed, there is WAY too much misinformation out there. I’d rather the real facts be put out there so we all know what we’re getting mad about, instead of just being mad, loud, and wrong.

  • And to think that comes from the country banning homosexuality by evoking pedophilia.
    The whole situation is sad and repellent.

  • bgmd

    This is sad. But I agree, this petition needs to be directed at the Nigerian government, not to the UN. I don’t believe in Western countries policing African countries.

    That being said. There is a strong culture of sexual abuse and ephebophilia (attraction to post-pubescent women) in West African culture. Its a dirty secret that none of us like to talk about for obvious reasons. God help our young girls.

  • Zarah

    Please be informed, clutch magazine, before publishing misleading information like this. Being part of the media, it is your duty to be informed, and to inform yur readers of both sides of the story, including background information and research that is relevant to the issue. The bill is not about marriage, but about citizenship, and how it can be renounced. To report this story as it is is irresponsible. A law has not been passed, as has been noted in this report. Rather, the subject is a bill. In this case, Clutch Magazine has neglected to conduct proper research, at the expense of losing its credibility. This is extremely unfortunate.

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