When the news of Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s marriage to an 18 years old bride broke, some Nigerians took to the media to express their view on the issue. Some have compared it to the marriage of a great actress and role model; Omotola Jolade and Amara the wife of Kanu Nwankwo that both got married at the age of 18 years. While some others had compared it to that of Senator Yerima’s marriage to an Egyptian lady. Like most of the issue that are discussed lately in the country, people are also divided along the party line, maybe the wounds during the elections are yet to heal.
However, I think President Muhammadu Buhari will have to do a lot about our education system. Because I found it difficult that an ‘educated’ person will refer to 18 years old lady as a child. I thought Biology is a compulsory subject in Secondary schools across the country.
Biologically, a child is a human between the stages of birth and puberty. The legal definition of child generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority .Thus, Child marriage is a formal marriage or informal union entered into by an individual before reaching the age of 18years (UNICEF Oct 2014)
At what age will you stop calling a girl a child? If you think 18 years old lady is a child then something is wrong with you. And if you are almost 30 years of age and still squat with your boyfriend, seek help from a Counsellor. You must be morally bankrupt or at best confused, if you think fornication is alright before 18 years but marriage is not.
When an 18 years old undergraduate runs after Sugar Daddies, that is hustling and making money but when she is married she become a child bride.
Your mates are getting married at 18 years and you are on social media screaming #ChildNotBride, my advice to you is that if you wait till you are 30 years, we will scream #grandmaNotBride on your wedding day.
On a lighter note, I blame all this on PMB, by now if we some really corrupt people on the way to Jail or in the dock on daily basis, social media will be busy with serious issues.