Apparently, some people living in 2016, find it hard to understand that a 14-year-old person is still a child and isn’t capable of making certain life decisions.

According to reports, a 14-year-old girl, Habiba Isa, who was abducted by a certain Jamilu Lawal sometime in August 2016, converted to Islam and was then forcefully married to the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumin Usman.

Habiba’s concerned parents, in the search for justice, contacted members of the Katsina State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, who also took this case up.

However, the Katsina Emirate Council stated the marriage between the 14 year-old and the 65-year-old Emir was irreversible as there was no “evidence” that Habiba was forced to act against her wish.

It is still shocking how people in power continue to take advantage of young girls, while hiding behind culture and misrepresentation of religion.

For the olodo people with blocked ears at the back, a 14-year-old who cannot even vote, is not capable of making life-changing decisions such as marriage!

It’s a shame that certain Nigerians are still justifying and making excuses for predatory pedophiles, while young girls in other countries are being allowed to enjoy their childhood.

Nigerians collectively have to build a country where young girls and women can aspire to greatness and not live in fear of forced marriages and abduction.



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