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Buhari Urged To Rescue Christian Girl In Forced Marriage In Katsina As Pedophile Emir Gets Soft Landing With Police

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Oct 25, 2016 – Buhari Urged To Rescue Christian Girl In Forced Marriage In Katsina As Pedophile Emir Gets Soft Landing With Police

Less than a year after Ese Oruru, a minor from Bayelsa State, was abducted, taken to Kano, and forced into an illegitimate marriage, another ugly practice of underage marriage is playing out in Katsina State. Habiba Isyaku, an indigene, aged 14, was purportedly married to one Jamilu Lawal, said to have masterminded her abduction, according to the victim’s father. As usual, the Nigeria Police Force, which ought to have acted decisively by rescuing the girl, is just watching the ugly drama, playing the ostrich, as it were, while impunity wags its tail before it.

According to the girl’s father, Tanko Isyaku, Habiba is a pupil of Government Senior Secondary School, Kudun Kankara, Katsina. He stressed that she was “abducted on the 16th of August, 2016, from her school.” It is most offensive to hear the Katsina Emirate Council, which supported Lawal’s illegality, has collected N50,000 bride price on behalf of the girl’s parents, saying that such an unholy union is irreversible. This is absolute nonsense!

Isyaku has lodged a formal complaint with the state’s Commissioner of Police, Usman Abdullahi, who, unfortunately, merely advised the girl to return to her parents, convinced that she “willingly” embraced Islam and left her parents’ home without anybody’s prompting. This is utter perfidy, an incoherent narrative not expected from a law enforcement officer of his rank.

Ironically, the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir, denied marrying off the girl through Nuhu Abdulkadir, one of the kingmakers, who represented him at a meeting with the Christian Association of Nigeria, Katsina branch, last week. Clearly, this narrative conflicts with the emir’s earlier stance, exemplified in the girl father’s account of how he went to his palace to pick his daughter and was told off that no relationship existed anymore between him and her, after the conversion to Islam and marriage.Besides, the emir accused him of defamation, for which Isyaku was harassed, threatened and compelled to sign a prepared letter of apology, which the emirate council now flaunts as evidence of his acquiescence of having misread what really transpired.

Really, there are many other cases, including that of Charity Uzoechina, daughter of an Abuja-based Redeemed Christian Church of God pastor, Raymond, in 2013. Charity, then a student of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State, was forced into marriage, her name changed to Aisha and sequestered in the palace of the Etsu Nupe.

No underage girl under our constitution can consent to marriage, evident in Section 29 (4) of the 1999 Constitution, which stipulates that 18 years is the “full age.” This law has been violated by Lawal. Besides, the Child’s Right Act, in Section 21, states, “No person under the age of 18 years is capable of contracting a valid marriage and, accordingly, a marriage so contracted is null and void and of no effect whatsoever.” Marriage, under whatever religious suasion, is a consensual engagement that involves the parents of both the bride and groom.

This serial abuse of the laws of our land under the cover of religion should stop. The tendency to place religion over and above Nigeria’s constitution very often throws the country into a cauldron. Ahmed Sani, the senator who married a 15-year-old Egyptian in 2010, trod a path that should be avoided with his action that activated a national discourse, when he said, “I don’t care about the issue of age since I’ve not violated any rule as far as Islam is concerned. I will not respect any law that contradicts that….”

But the practice has serious health implications, too. The US-based National Centre for Biotechnology Information says child marriage is a human rights violation that prevents girls from obtaining an education, enjoying optimal health, bonding with people of their own age, maturing, and ultimately choosing their own life partners. It has many effects on girls’ health: increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases, cervical cancer, malaria, death during childbirth, and obstetric fistula. Girls’ offspring are at increased risk for premature birth and death as neonates, infants, or children.

According to Musa Elisha, a United Nations Population Fund analyst, Nigeria has an estimated Vesico Vaginal Fistula burden of 800,000 women, out of which the North-West and North-East regions have 680,000. Nigeria’s burden represents 40 per cent of global cases, clearly the world leader. Habiba should not be allowed to add to these awful statistics.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who is also from Katsina State, should save himself from further embarrassment of seeing his emir entangled in this messy, illegal union and abduction of another man’s daughter by ordering the Inspector-General of Police to secure the release of this girl within 24 hours.

[Report with Punch]



  1. Bok

    October 25, 2016 at 6:28 AM

    shame on you Buhari, shouldn’t the King arrested?

  2. Metu Nyetu

    October 25, 2016 at 6:30 AM

    FOR THOSE OF US WHO SAY that the plan to Islamize Nigeria is a mere figment of a confused imagination, what do you say here? In a country where every offence and crime is forgiven and commended once it is done in the name of religion, in the name of Allah, what other thing is required to prove that that country has already been Islamized? Moslem youths go on rampage against Christians, the perpetrators are arrested; but what next? The case flickers out like a weak flame and nobody hears anything about it again.

    THAT IS why that terrorist who kidnapped Ese Oruru was given a hero’s welcome when he was finally bailed. Is anybody still expecting to hear the end of that case? It has died because Nigeria, already Islamized, forgives and condones, and encourages offence against Christians by Islamic religionists. And so when we scream blue murder for the evil they do, they laugh at us with their stained lips and broken teeth within their mosques.

    ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I BLAME Adolf Hitler is his very stupid choice to exterminate Jews. He would have succeeded if he had directed his destructive instincts on this religion that hitherto has plagued the whole world; he would have become the world’s greatest hero.

  3. sola olaniyi

    October 25, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    doubt if Buhari will intervene in this matter..

  4. spayor

    October 25, 2016 at 11:16 AM

    There’s nothing mr buhari can do about it because he’s planning thesame thing as well…

  5. D Hunter

    October 25, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    I NEED AN HONEST answer from any hausa/muslim in the house to this one and simple question bothering my mind right now…

    Now, IF this girl in question were to be a muslim who was kidnaped, FORCEFULLY converted to Christianity and got married to a Pastor or so, what would have been the reactions of the “muslim umah“ (as the called themslves)?

    Do you think there would still be peace in the land, especially in the very state where it happened?

  6. D Hunter

    October 25, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    WHAT IN HEAVEN‘S NAME is wrong with Nigerian Christians? Why have we become Bananas for these Ishmelites to eat with so much confidence and at will?

    Why have we lost the WILL to fight for our right like the Isrealites do and God Almighty in their full support? Aren‘t we disappointing God for acting so cowardly towards sensitive issues we are supposed not to shy away from? Why are acting as if we are nolonger serving a God Who is mighty in battle?

    Can this type of rubbish be tolerated in countries like Angola, Ghana, Cameroon? Never!
    WE MUST STAND as one and sanitise the land by putting these raving BEASTS in check where they really belong, I mean, in the cage for peace to reign.
    Otherwise, we shall continue to witness this type of rubbish and nonsense from them if we choose to ignore and tolerate them.

    I take a stroll…

  7. D Hunter

    October 25, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    I FEEL LIKE organising a special group of brave warriors right now to go to that coursed palace of the stupid emir of Kastina and end the coursed generation of that mad Gorrila who called himself emir.

    If buhari fails to act on this issue, something MUST be done to stop these useless trend right away. Fools.

    I only need just 50 volunteers and we will turn that coursed palace into a farmland.

    I take a stroll…

  8. Tendy

    October 25, 2016 at 3:40 PM

    Wickedness in d highest order, am wondering why he didn’t pick a wife amongst his female children if he was so desperate to get one.
    Now the muslims in d house are so quiet, and am wondering y cos most of them are always d first to comment on updates in this blog #smh


    October 27, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Buhari has now confirmed to me that he is a disgrace to the presidency. I used to be a staunch supporter of him, but after this saga, I can confirm that he is a DISGRACE TO NIGERIA.

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