Nigerian senator who ‘married girl of 13’ accused of breaking Child Rights Act

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A Nigerian senator who is said to have married a 13-year old girl has blocked attempts to modernise the constitution, campaigners say, and implicitly endorsed child marriage.

Nigeria’s Senate has voted to keep a law that equates married girls to adults, even if they are under 18, and gives them the right to renounce their citizenship. Critics say that the law could be used to support child marriage.

“This clause implicitly endorses child marriage,” said Toyin Saraki, founder of the WellBeing Foundation Africa, one of the groups that is calling for the Senate to change the law.

Read more at the Guardian

David Mark- Senate President
David Mark- Senate President

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