Ogun Women Protest Early Marriage

Hundreds of women, yesterday, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, rained curses on persons who marry underaged girls, urging President Goodluck Jonathan to join them in the fight against early marriage.

The women, under  the aegis of  Concerned Women Forum, drawn from various  women groups, market women, religious groups,  and civil society groups across the state, staged a protest at the Nigeria Union of Journalists Secretariat, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta.

The Senate has been criticised over a bill popularly referred to as early marriage bill which was condemned by many stakeholders. However, The Senate has denied existence of such a bill.

The women carried  placards  with various  inscriptions such as “Give us education, not marriage”; “Child marriage is barbaric, no to it”; “Woe to husbands of underage, they are evil” and “Ogun children, reject child marriage.”

Leading the protesters, the  Iyalode of Egbaland, Mrs. Alaba Lawson,  chided the  lawmakers for the plan to legalise child marriage under the guise of early marriage bill.

She lamented that child marriage,  if allowed to be smuggled into the constitution, would   deprive  the girl child of adequate education, noting that the act had destroyed the lives of young girls in some parts of the country.

Lawson,  however, urged  the lawmakers to  focus their  attention on  the alleviation of poverty, which she said was ravaging the country, rather than engaging themselves in the issue of child marriage.

The Egba chief  called  on Nigerians to vote wisely during the next elections and  “shun their N500 and their exercise books.”

“What are the senators looking for? Is that what the country needs now? Child marriage bill has nothing to offer the country.” [Vanguard]

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  • Whosoever gave you people money to protest is wasting his/her time.So you want your daughters to spend 40 years at home,like the way igbos do? Rubish,so you want your daughter to be aborting pregnancy every year before she marry? Abi ? I need some one to answer me straight… I yuppie can never marry a lady that pass 19 years of age,cos i no wan marry, a girl wey my friends no fit identify which one be my mother…Old womens,i advice that you should give your daughter out when someone responsible ask of her hands in marriage,cos time is coming that no one will marry a lady we don old for house finish.Everybody wants something good…Hahahahaha i am the only Yuppie in North-central Bye for now

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