July 21st, 2013 – Omotola Jalade Blasts Nigerian Senate Over Underage Marriage Law At MBGN 2013 Event In Bayelsa State
As earlier reported, Omotola Jalade was few of the celebrities who attended the grand finale of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2013 contest on Saturday night in Bayelsa State.
The actress didn’t come back empty handed, Silverbird group gave her an award for ‘Unique Personality‘ and she was given few moments to appreciate fans for the award.
The actress took to the stage to first acknowledge God almighty and her saviour Jesus Christ for the award.
She also thanks Silver bird group who recognized her.
She then move on to praise her Pilot husband, Captain Matthew Ekeinde Junior calling him her supporter and her best friend.
She later lambasts the Nigerian senate for passing the underage marriage law.
Check out the transcript of her message below;
Let me first and foremost thank The Lord almighty, my savior and help for this award. Thanks also to Silverbird group the organizers of MBGN. Thanks to my Wonderful Husband, Capt Matthew Ekeinde,my support and Best friend who is also here tonight. I am Today one of the Most influential person/people in the world because I wasn’t given off to marriage before
the age of 18yrs.
It scares and totally shocks me that the Senate in Nigeria (the most populous black nation in the world and Giant of Africa) would not be passing in a law ensuring that every child should compulsorily be enrolled in school.
A very alarming number of children today are on the streets Hawking or have been abused, raped or are married to men/women who should be protecting them.
Who protects the children of Nigeria?
Would we wait for another Milala before we act?
Should we now remove the parental caution on movies that say ” Not for persons below 18″.
This is a call for justice and Equity for children especially the Nigerian Girl child,who has the right to quality education, a childhood and the decision of whom and when to marry.
My Name is Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and I say No to paedophilia and No to the senate Bill endorsing Child marriage in Nigeria.
If the Nigerian senate refused to bypass this child abuse law, the international community might come in to rescue innocent girls who are prone to abuse as a result of this law.