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Senator Yerima Defends his Marriage to a 13 Year Old Egyptian Girl

Great report on Senator Ahmed Yerima’s marriage to a 13 year old Egyptian girl. This has been generating much controversy in Nigeria. Apparently the girl is the daughter of Yerima’s driver. Yerima is 50 years old and is a former Governor of Zamfara State.

This is a very touchy issue pitting religious law/conviction against Nigeria’s secular law. It is illegal in Egypt and Nigeria to marry anyone aged under 18. However many northern states (including Yerima’s state of Zamfara) rejected the prohibition on marrying under 18s.

Yerima said he rejects the law, “my people rejected it so also other states in the North because it is against their religion.” Watch the video above to see Yerima defend his marriage to the girl.