It is no longer news that Senator Ahmad Sani Yerima the former governor of Zamfara state recently got married to a 13 year old child. This was of course after paying 100,000 dollars in exchange for the child, then flying her in through Niger because he couldn’t arrange an Egypt to Nigeria visa for her.
Yerima, 49 was the initiator of shariah law in Nigeria during his time as the governor of Zamfara state. He had to divorce one of his wives before he could take the 13 year old child as his fourth wife.
All this clearly shows that senator Yerima has made himself open to charges of child trafficking as well as breaching the childs basic human rights.
Clearly the marriage was a forced marriage as the child had no say in it since she is still a minor and is not able to consent to marriage, since by Nigeria’s laws children below the age of 18 are minors and are not able to consent to marriage.
Also this is not the first time such has happened, there was a case when he got married to a 15 year old girl who had to drop out from school in JSS3 only to divorce her at the age of 17 while she was nursing his child.
It is clear that something should be done, if this issue is looked at from a moralist point of view, Yerima should not get married to a child young enought to be his granddaughter.
Meanwhile certain civil rights movements have been calling for the government to take action and the senate is already investigating the issue.
The National Council of Women Societies has also disclosed their readiness to come and protest the union. Also The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has assked the British government to revoke the visa issued to Sani Yerima and to include his name on the no fly list to the UK.