No girl should be married before age 17: Mrs Aisha Buhari

By The Rainbow

If Mrs Aisha Buhari,  the wife of Nigeria’s president-elect, Muhammad Buhari, were to have her way  no girl should be married before age 17.

Mrs Buhari believes that  girls who are of 18 to 20 years old are better matured to give birth to a child than those who are 17 and below.

She spoke  to Channels TV at the side-line of the Global Women Conference held in Buenos Aires, Argentina shortly after her presentation on the danger women and girl child contend with daily. She pushed for legislation against early marriage..

“We have heard so much from the Ministers of Women affairs from different countries. We are trying to tally it with what is happening in Nigeria, to find out how we are lacking and in which aspect of women affairs that we are lacking and the ones that we have gone ahead. I think so far its quite encouraging. We just need to put everything in practice than being in theory.

If the government can stand up and say every girl child must attend basic primary and secondary school education before getting married. I think nobody, no girl should be married before the age of 17 because if you really attend secondary school, you will have to be like 16 and 17 and I think by the time you are 18- 20, its quite a moderate time of having a child”she said

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