TEENS SPEAK: Our teens speak out on the #childnotbride issue.

As the #Childnotbride issue continues, let’s see what our teenagers have to say.

While some opinions tackle the Nigerian government, others correct misinterpretations from the Islamic view and others, just weird and totally different view.

The issue of child marriage- what do you think about it? and what is your idea of the way out if you are against it?

“I have someone who wants to marry me but am not ready. I am not happy. The government should please help me so I don’t get married now. I want to be a nurse but my mother doesn’t agree to that.”

Some opinions…

It is arrant nonsense. They plan underage marriage for us while their children are studying abroad.

These people are just educated illiterate that is if they passed through school at all. They are attention seekers, Seeking for people to recognise them before their tenure expires. Being an hausa again, its in their blood and gene. They need to be dealt with.

I think it is a very irrational decision. The question is how many of them can give their own little girls out to men their age. In my own opinion, I think it should be fought against absolutely

I feel it defies every plausible form of morality. Its an intense insult directed towards the idea of being a female. Hell, how could any sensible person willingly concur to the idea of paedophilia, at least one would have to have a seemingly high degree of wisdom before bearing the tag; senator! But unfortunately, as it stands you really don’t have to know your opinions before you are privileged to carry the weight of millions.

They should think of how to address mass failure in exams such as JAMB, WAEC and NECO $ stop saying rubbish.

Its so wrong and its child abuse. I wonder if the so called leaders can give their daughters out at 13 or even the rich. They all flew their children abroad and are saying nonsense now. Its totally wrong.

Am strongly against it. someone with instinct wouldn’t agree with such. Let her become a woman before you put her through the marriage stress.

I think the ministry of woman affairs should protest against it

It is quite simple. When you say marriage, you talk about a man and a woman and not children. Children are meant to be in school. I dont even know why they debated about child marraige in the first place. We have alot of problems and the issue they decided to touch was ”chilldmarriage” We really have dumb law makers in our country.

Its total rubbish!I think they should allow us to grow to the full age o.

Its not good. Children are forced to marry without love. There won’t be understanding among them because they didn’t court. Child bearing will be risky and could lead to excess children and the marriage might not last long. It should be stopped

Concerning the issue of child marriage, I think it is very wrong for a grown up man to marry a girl between the age of 16-20.

Am not in support. Let them give their youngest daughter out first. Then we would know it is not ordinary and someone is behind their problem. They only want to increase our population with early marriage and all sorts which we will not profit anything from. The only solution is cancelling or swallowing back their law

I don’t agree with the idea

D government knows what they are doing and if it is legalised its the parents choice to give out their child. Though ignorance is bliss on the sides of the parent.

…Islam and child marriage

I don’t agree with it to d best of my understanding : Though islam support it based on conditions; only if the girl in question is a full grown with all d physical maturity features. The mental consideration, there is silence. Best known to God. God was only trying to protect the girl ,practicable in a shariah compliance society unlike ours. The senators are only concerned about the privileges offered by islam and not duties required of them. As far as am concerned , I don’t support insertion of that clause in our constitution , until it is inserted in our constitution to stone to death , anybody involved in adultery, until it is inserted in our constitution to hang anybody that tamper with our treasury, until it is inserted in our constitution that nobody among d citizens should suffer any inequality on account of his/her innate disability, all these as prescribed by the same shariah that support d underage marriage. My take.

It is bad and doesn’t make any sense. The teaching of islam shouldn’t be misinterpreted. There shouldn’t be sex during her early years. She must attend school. Child bearing should start when she’s 18+ at least. Violators should be jailed

If the prophet is their excuse(marriage 2 Aisha) then that’s a totally exclusive event, a command from Allah which does not apply to the rest of the ummah i.e islam doesn’t support it and if its tribal then such should be exterminated. Its totally an abuse of the feminine character. We only have people in power not leaders and May Allah save us from the evil of half knowledge because it kills much more than ignorance. An ignorant fellow can become knowledgeable but one with half knowledge is a potential danger which is the case here. The whole government needs to be wiped clean. If boko haram helps with dis, Nigerians would be grateful rather than being transgressors under the guise of Jihad. Take it or leave it , sharia would give nigeria the reform it needs if only we know its true essence and embrace it. There’s more to say but I’ll like to hold my peace

…Some couldn’t help the use of harsh words

Its absurd. Its rubbish. They should all be castrated ,those foolish senators. I think a rally of protest by citizens would help.

I seriously think what someone does in their private life is their business but passing something of that nature into a bill is barbaric. The senators that aye-d the notion should be cut into tiny pieces and scattered onto the sahara. As for those misunderstanding the hadith and bring religion into this, may God grant them deep understanding.

…the weird opinions

About the child marriage, its not bad to me. interestingly most girls complaining about this have had sex oo! and not married yet. so whats there in child marriage? Thanks.

As a female child, if my parents agree to give me out, no problem since its an agreement. But I must have at least a house in England, at least 10 bad rides ,a private jet, must not repeat any cloth, go shopping in Dubai every two months, have at least 5 house maids, my children will school in any school of their choice abroad and anything I want. The man’s name most be among the top richest in Nigeria if not in the world

its okay only if the man is a rich man so that the child would marry a rich family

And the very long cry…

I was devastated when I read the message of our supposed leader. He not only supported underage marriage but he gave excuses not reasons for supporting paedophilia. I was stunned at his message and I felt an urge to give him a reply to show how invalid his argument is.

Senator Yerima in his little speech, said that he wouldn’t mind giving out his 6yr old daughter out in marriage. I wasn’t surprised when I read this because this practise has always been existent in the North it is being fought against now because Muslims are trying to force down their practise on others forgetting that Nigeria is not a Muslim nation and will never be one. Here is Yerima’s exact words about giving out his underage daughter out in marriage. “”I tell you most honestly, I can give her out
at the age of 6 if I want to and its not your business””.
Nigeria I’m sorry to say, is a lawless country that is why a senator can afford to openly come out and say he can give out his 6yr old child’s hands in marriage and it is nobody’s business. In other countries, the mere fact that you gave birth to a child doesn’t make you a “LORD” over that child. You can’t treat your child as you please and say it’s nobody’s business, it is the government’s business but in Nigeria a government official is the one making such hideous statement. How pathetic can this great nation get?!

He also said that when a kid is married out she isn’t touched till she attains maturity and I ask what age is “maturity”? Is it puberty? Of course we know puberty never means maturity. It is but a starting point of maturity which would take years to attain. If maturity to you Northerners is when she starts developing breasts and begins to observe her monthly cycle, then I can’t help but weep profusely at the dormancy of your thinking faculty. If you actually allow them attain real maturity before you touch them then why is VVF predominant in the North?

I very much doubt if you northerners practising this dastardly act of very early girl-child marriage even know the meaning of VVF! You rape those kids and impregnate them and their tender bodies collapse at the pressure they aren’t yet built for.

You don’t care what you do to those kids as long as you satisfy your animalistic urges. You want fresh bodies but you go about soiling other younger ladies in the name of parties and when you want to get married you pick minors and claim you are doing them favour.

*Those interviewed are between the age 12-20
Weird or harsh. These are the opinions of teens on the #childnotbride issue.
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3 thoughts on “TEENS SPEAK: Our teens speak out on the #childnotbride issue.

  1. Ȋ̝̊̅† i̶̲̥̅̊s̤̥̈̊ arrant nonsense, those senators are imbeciles. Thunder will strike dem down.

  2. U see dere is wat dey call poverty mentality and greediness which affects our youth well @zaynab u ve a low mentality sorry to say but I ve to be harsh. Why would u marry a man that is your grandfathers age and still be happy. Do you know what he is using u to do. Generally this issue has to be dealt with by the ministry of women affairs. We have better things to do why would you pass the bill when you have children.

    I AJISAFE OLAOLUWA hereby stand to say #achildnotbride

  3. All well said. Considering the Islamic perspective of girls marrying at an early age! What was said is that girls can get married after there 1st, 2nd or 3rd menstrual period! If we look at this period compared to then. We all know that the rate at which children attain maturity in recent times is very rapid. So in this case therefore, d Islamic view about it should not be criticized but rather parents should wake up and not because of bride price damage d life of there daughters!
    I hereby also support the #childnotbride campaign

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