Author(s): Tony Tamuno
July 19, 2013
Former Niger Delta militant, Asari Dokubo, has contributed to the raging debate over last Tuesday’s Senate vote that failed to amend a clause in the constitution that allows for the marriage of an under-age girl.
Reacting to criticisms that have trailed the development (link to yesterday’s story here), Dokubo launched a scathing attack on people, especially non-Muslims, that have criticised the development.
“People should learn to respect other people’s sensibilities,” he said. “We Muslims have the right to marry when we want or give out our daughters at any age we want. It is not your business and the law must respect our right to do so. Anything short of that is an infringement on our rights to do so. Please respect our sensibilities.”
Tuesday’s vote by the Senate, which failed to attain the required majority to amend the controversial clause, was influenced by Senator Ahmed Yerima, the former governor of Zamfara State, whose marriage to a 13-year-old Egyptian girl drew wide condemnation.