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Ondo Senator Weeps for Endorsing Under Age Girl Marriage HE Senator representing Ondo Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly Senator, Ayo Akinyelure wept profusely publicly for being the only senator from the South-West that supported the inclusion of under age girl marriage in the constitution.

Sensing the anger of leaders of the councils he represents in the Senate, who summoned him to explain his action, the senator prostrated, wept and begged them that he voted for “the amendment in error.”

Senator Akinyelure said: “I voted in error. I can never in my life support under age marriage. Whatever this might have caused my people, please, forgive me.

“I will do whatever is humanly possible at my disposal to ensure that this thing is removed from the constitution.”

Underage marriage law: Ondo Senator weeps, says he voted in error DailyPost Nigeria  ‘… Despite all these explanations given by the Senator, the people who were majorly women and members of the ruling Labour Party ,LP, were not satisfied, and remained adamant.

Some of them who spoke at the meeting said, the Senator had taken a decision which had put the people of the state to shame.

The Idanre Local government women leader, Mrs. Abike Tiamiyu who is from the same local government , said what the Senator had done does not call for total condemnation. However, she was booed by the people for supporting the Senator. Akinyelure was particularly asked by Ifedore local government LP women leader, Mrs. Iyabo Ojo if the Senator took some bribe before supporting underage marriage.

The State Coordinator of the National Council for Women Society, Mrs. Kikelomo Adeniyi said any of the senators who believes he or she is a good parent will never support early marriage. He noted that, if women were allowed to marry at any age, when would they be able to contribute their quotas towards national development?

Outrage at Senate’s bid to legalise child marriage The Guardian Nigeria The Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN), a coalition of women’s rights organisations across Nigeria, rejected the Senate’s resolution. The organisation, in a statement by its National Co-ordinator, Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, which was made …

Arewa Group Faults Senate’s Support for Child Marriage The debate over ‘child marriage’ that took place in the senate has triggered off some mixed feelings from some northern youths, who have advised senators to brace to their responsibilities and stop breeding religious division in the country.

This is as the wife of the Ekiti State Governor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, urged more men and women of good conscience, civil society organisations, feminists and social justice crusaders to lend their voice to the ongoing outrage on the move by the Senate to legalise child marriage.

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