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Senate denies Child marriage issues, says controversial clause may be revisited


After series of reactions from Nigerians online regarding the the controversial clause 'Child marriage', the senate has commented and therefore stated that its decision last Wednesday was “wildly misinterpreted, misreported and totally taken out of context”.

It denied wrongdoing, but assured the contentious Section 29, subsection 4(b) can always be revisited.
“We can never support child marriage,” deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, who heads the constitution review committee, said Tuesday. “Let Nigerians understand with us that these issues have nothing to do with early marriage or Islam. It is purely about renunciation of citizenship.”

On Tuesday, protesters marched at the National Assembly mounting even more pressure. One Sen. Ayo Akinyelure who voted in favour of sen Yeriman that the sanction be retained said he voted in error.

The House’s voting, billed for Tuesday, was however rescheduled for Wednesday due to faulty electronic voting platform. Members will now have to vote with new computer tablets they received on Tuesday.

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