“Unacceptable”: FG Petitions IGP, Drags Niger Speaker to Court Over Moves To Marry Off 100 Girls

  • Niger Speaker has come under heavy criticism over his plans to help 100 female orphans in his constituency
  • Barrister Abdulmalik Sarkindaji announced that he would marry off the ladies in May, who are victims of banditry and terrorism in Niger state and he would pay their dowries in full
  • Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, minister of women affairs, was however not pleased with this move as she vowed to sue the lawmaker and assist the ladies

TheTalk.NG journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements

Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, minister of women affairs, has petitioned the inspector-general of police (IGP) and sought a court injunction to halt the marriage of 100 girls in Niger state.

Tinubu's govt moves to stop mass wedding of 100 orphans in Niger stateNiger Speaker dragged to court after announcing plans to marry off 100 orphans.
Photo credit: Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, Abdulmalik SarkindajiSource: Facebook

Recall that Barrister Abdulmalik Sarkindaji, speaker of the Niger state house of assembly, said he would sponsor the wedding of 100 girls (orphans),who lost their parents in banditry attacks in the Mariga Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger state, as part of his constituency project.

This announcement was countered by many in the polity, but the speaker explained that he was only financing the wedding, not forcing the girls into marriage.

Reacting to the public outcry, Kennedy-Ohanenye said the plan is unacceptable, and that the future of the girls should be a priority, The Cable reported.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Monday, May 13, the minister said a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the issue will be carried out. She added that the ministry will take responsibility for the girls’ education and vocational training.

Kwankwaso, Yusuf wed 1,700 couples in Kano

In a piece of related news, TheTalk.NG reported that the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) presidential candidate during the February 2023 election, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and Kano state governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, joined 1,700 couples at a state-sponsored mass wedding.

Kwankwaso was the representative of the grooms, while Governor Yusuf was the representative (Wali) of the brides.

Kwankwaso counselled the couples who participated in the mass wedding. He urged them not to check their spouses’ phones, which could help prevent marriages from falling apart.

Source: TheTalk.NG

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