A former Zamfara State Governor and current Senator, Sani Yerima is asking the Senate to reverse a vote that appeared to outlaw underage marriage.
During a constitution amendment on Tuesday, July 17, 2013, Yerima questioned why the section dealing with age of a married woman was deleted, describing the move as un-Islamic. The Senate had recommended alteration of section 29 of the constitution that deals with the manner of renunciation of citizenship.
Yerima’s marriage to a 13-year-old girl drew widespread outrage in 2009.
Channels TV reports that Mr Yerima’s demand was again thrashed 60 to 35 at a repeat vote but the section could not be deleted as constitution amendments require two thirds of the entire members-73 for the Senate- for a proposal to pass.