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Minister of Women Affairs Intervenes to Stop Mass Marriage of 100 Girls

The Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, has taken swift action to halt the planned mass marriage of 100 girls by the Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Abdulmalik Sarkin-Daji. The minister addressed journalists in Abuja, stating that she has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police and filed for an injunction to stop the event scheduled for May 24.

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Sarkin-Daji had announced plans to sponsor the wedding of 100 girls, including some orphaned by banditry, as part of his constituency project.

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However, the minister has deemed the plan unacceptable, citing the Child’s Right Act and the need to prioritize the girls’ future. Kennedy-Ohanenye emphasized that the ministry will take responsibility for the girls’ education and vocational training.

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The minister expressed concerns over the lack of consideration for the girls’ consent, ages, and the individuals they will be marrying.

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She stated that the Women Affairs Ministry will educate the children and provide sustainable empowerment machines to enable them to build their lives and make informed decisions about marriage.

Kennedy-Ohanenye warned that any attempt by the speaker to defy the ministry’s intervention will result in a serious legal battle. The move has sparked debate over the role of government in protecting the rights of vulnerable individuals, particularly women and children.

 

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The minister’s swift action has been praised by many, who see it as a necessary step to safeguard the well-being and future of the affected girls.

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