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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

#ChildNotBride :HEARTBREAKING PHOTOS OF A CHILD BRIDE AND A MUCH OLDER MAN




So far we continue to tolerate this in the society, the future of girl child in Nigeria is bleak.



I personally found the photos not only heartbreaking but also annoying.



Yesterday, a Facebook User, Alfa Bolondes (who has since taken down his account) shared photos from a wedding ceremony between his cousin and a young girl.
I almost can't believe so called marriage to kids is still happening in Nigeria.
They are usually arranged undercover in rural communities, therefore the photos rarely make their way online.
Alfa Bolondes went on to defend the action when someone pointed out that she’s too young. He went on to argue with critics.
When asked who organised the marriage, he said “Na her family na”. He added that she’s “happy” after someone pointed out that she doesn’t look happy.
The Nigerian Constitution does not establish a minimum age of marriage, but the Child Rights Act (CRA), which was adopted in 2003, sets the age of marriage at 18 years old. However, only only 24 State Houses of Assembly (as at 2016), have adopted it as law. As a result, in some areas of the country the minimum age of marriage can be as low as 12 years-old.
The following states are yet to adopt the legislation: Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Enugu, Gombe, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara.
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I stand against child marriage. #childnotbride

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