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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.


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.



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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