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Nothing wrong marrying 13-year-old, says APC presidential aspirant Yerima

The 2009 marriage generated much criticisms among child rights activists at the time but Mr Yerima insists he did not contravene any Nigerian law.

• May 11, 2022
Ahmed Sani Yerima
Ahmad Sani Yerima

Former Zamfara governor and presidential aspirant under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sani Yerima, says he did nothing wrong marrying a 13-year old girl. 

Mr Yerima justified marrying a 13-year-old Egyptian girl when he appeared on Channels TV on Tuesday

The 2009 marriage generated much criticisms among child rights activists at the time but Mr Yerima insists he did not contravene any Nigerian law.

“If I had done anything wrong, I would have been tried in court. NAPTIP wanted to try the case and they dropped the matter because I didn’t do anything wrong,” Mr Yerima said.

He added that “there is no law in Nigeria that determines when and how you get married. Muslims have Sharia, the Christians I don’t know what their doctrines say.” 

A two term governor of Zamfara State between 1999-2007, Mr Yerima, was the first governor to introduce Sharia Law later enforced in 12 northern states of Nigeria.

Critics argue that introduction of Sharia Law might have reinforced the bedrock of Islamic fundamentalism in the country.

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