“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 is time to lend your voices, sign the petition and share your thoughts.
More signatures even better
Take a minute to sign it here at this link
We'll Insist That Our Daughters Be Sent To School And Not To Infant Marriages. Education is the bedrock of every society, and the education of the girl child is as important as that of her male counterpart. We therefore are surprised that Nigeria's Senate didn't consider making it mandatory for every girl child below 18 to be in school. Instead, they gave a legislative seal of approval for the marriage of underage girls. That means even a 5 year old toddler could be married off by her parents. Nigerians of all tribes and religions have rejected this, and therefore undertake to stand against the state-sanctioned abuse of the girl child. By tomorrow, Saturday, 20th July, 2013, we'll be signing a petition that'll be forwarded to the National Assembly, Abuja. If you are in Abuja, the venue is: Unity Fountain, by Transcorp Hilton. Also the Park. Time is: 9am-12noon. For those in Lagos, the venues are: 1. Ojeez Restaurant, National Stadium Surulere. 2. Alausa Park, Opposite Lagos State Governor's Office, Ikeja. 3. The Palms Shopping Mall, Lekki 4. New African Shrine, Agidingbi, Ikeja. 5. Arrangements are still on-going for those in Festac Town and it's environs. Time is 9am-12noon. We also ask you to volunteer your time to help us take papers to churches and mosques for signing. We need to gather as much signatures as we can push for within just 2 days. Millions of them, if we can, will speak more than mere thousands. And if the millions are in their tens, then better. Please, tell any living person beside you. We will save the girl child. She's a #ChildNotBride.