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Open Letter To Muslim Senators In Nigeria Who Voted For Underage Marriage

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July 25, 2013 – Open Letter To Muslim Senators In Nigeria Who Voted For Underage Marriage

My name is Omanlara Tetede, I am a proud Muslim and I am against underage marriage!

I am PROUD to be Muslim, and I’m sick and tired of all those illiterate Muslims using Islam as cover up to justify their abuse of little girls!

I don’t claim to know a whole lot about Islam either, but I’m always in search of more knowledge, as Islam taught us to “search for knowledge from your crib to your grave”.

In this open letter, I would like to address the issue of the marriage of underage girls in the name of Islam.

I hereby challenge all those Senators to bring their proof from whatever Quran they are basing their claim on. I’m sure they won’t be able to, because THERE IS NONE IN THE QURAN.

The Holy Quran ( 4:21) states, marriage is a “Strong Covenant”. In Islam, marriage is a contract wherein both parties bring their clauses, and they both agree on them or amend them to fit their needs. Now tell me Mr Senators, how can a minor enter into a covenant with someone old enough to be her father or even her grand-father sometimes?

What does she know about marriage contract? What experience or intellectual maturity does she have to make such a lifelong commitment? Is her opinion even sought beforehand?

I bet you don’t know that, for a marriage to be valid in Islam, there has to be a “Yes…At-will” from both sides! In other words, there is no room for forced marriages in Islam. As such, all those involved in this abomination in the name of Islam should stop! You are a shame to Islam and you should all fear the punishment of Allah and stop lying in the name of Islam !!!

As a matter of fact, anyone found guilty of child abuse or pedophilia should be brought to justice, no matter their rank.

I’m going to end my letter with two calls: first, I would like to call on all TRUE Muslims, Believers, to please search for knowledge in your religion. Because if you don’t, you will have to listen and blindly follow what some illiterates say in the name of your religion.

Second, I would like to urge the clergy and all TRULY knowledgeable people, to speak out about what Islam REALLY is and denounce what is not part of Islam.

Remember the saying of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) “Everyone of you is a guardian, and responsible for what is in his custody”

And all of us, no matter our religion, should come together and be the voice of those without one, in this instance, the little girls.

[Article written by Omanlara Tetede]



  1. luv

    July 25, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    dey want to force d law of mohamed who marry aisha when she was 9 yrs on nigerians. islam wil never succeeed

  2. Hamzat Cisse

    July 25, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    May Almighty ALLAH. BLESS you brother. this people are just a disgrace to Islam, I check every verse in the Quran and I couldn’t find a chapter or verse referring to this THIER forbidden acts. Shame on you disgraceful senators.
    And if you are claiming about Aisha who was given to the holy prophet by her father. That happen at that ANCIENT TIME, and it’s was THIER normal culture at that time, and that is 1400 years ago…….. Pleaseeeeeee you people should stop spoiling the name if Islam , shameless old fools.

    • umar shehu

      July 25, 2013 at 5:21 PM

      Young man i am unar shehu by name, i cwn see that some of you muslims dont really know what you ar doing or saying sometime, u make mension that they should not make refrence to muhammad that get mary to Aisha at the age of 9, ok if only that should be the case they will be no reasone for you to pratice islam as a religeon cause u can even says prophet Muhammad knowledge is a etient one. so pls if u wnt to coment or talk u people should be thinking in deffrrnt dimention.

  3. Dave

    July 25, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    You spoke well

  4. hafiz

    July 25, 2013 at 5:58 AM

    U known nothing about islam search 4 knowledge u have no concrete reasons search and throw more light go 2 school

  5. mulikat

    July 25, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    God will bless u, am sick and tried of this lilltrate muslims from the nort with their Love of little gals as wife , for they are groups of pedophilia,they know the gals cant say no,to them and their parents,both as being brainwash, poorverty and lilltrate.what they cant try with a mature women they will do it with that poor gal call wife in their bedrrom,God will punish u and send u down to hellfire with ur power that u misuse with this poor children.why not say yes to gay right,after they follow men ,not young boys who cant defend theirself from old fool men in power cover up with Islam.we need peace in Islam, peace in Northern Nigeria we need peace in Nigeria,dont give us another bad name in this world,Islam have already bad name ,we dont need more.

  6. chinwoke

    July 25, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Because of these stinking, disgusting idiots, let there be a law Against forced marriages.
    Yerima, ewu hausa.

  7. henry

    July 25, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    God bless you omolara…..

  8. becky

    July 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Thank you sir may God blessed you and your family.

  9. Bolajiolanrewaju

    July 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    U l hav said did al, marage is not by force, there must b total agrement & ful knolege of what is goin 2 hapen 4r bot parties. Go bles u.

  10. Ishaq

    July 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Omonlara Tetede, may almighty God bless n give u more wisdom. Those old fools wants to start sleeping with teenage girls in the name child marriage. Fate don catch up with them. Useless n worthless old fools!!! Oleeee!

  11. sa'adu zakariya

    July 25, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Omanlara what you said is not true because you claimed that you are the student with knowledge of islam but you are not. What do you know about islamic sharia? What do you know? About islamic fiqhu(jurisprudence)? Can you narrate to us about the prophet muhammad (SAW) marriage to Aisha(RA)? How many years did she has when she got married to prophet? all these questions required full knowledge of Qur,an, Sunnah and sharia of prophet muhammad. If your knowledge isn’t reach please don’t interfere in this matters. As a good muslim you can’t address quran as whatever, say astagfirullah for the mistake and go back to learn the true islam and its knowledge. As Qur,an said: chapter 4:30, say to believers if they truly loves Allah and his Prophet then follow me (prophet muhammad) you will be loved by Allah and forgive your sins for verily Allah is the forgiven and most merciful. So omonlara, a truly muslim don’t judge by sense rather he judge by what Allah and his prophet commended. Allahu know knows all.

    • aj ponpin

      July 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      old fools,

  12. miss glo

    July 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    It is all the handiwork of Satan to sent the children of God to hell fire. because wonder what can a thirteen years old girl can do for them in the house if they are taken as wife. First of all a child at that age some tomes majority of them can not bath them self very well, do not know how to cook, do domestic chores or who may collapse during sex due to a man weight or capability which she cannot withstand. Infact there is no single advantages to this satanic law of underage marriage. May be because the oyinbo have adapted same sex marriage and here they want underage which will later cause different case of murder and sucide killing that will emends from diferent stages of depressions. OH GOD ALMIGHTY I PRAY THIS MORNING THAT MAY SHOW ONCE AGAIN SHOW YOUR DIVINE MERCY ON THE EARTH AND SAVE YOUR CHILDREN ESPECIALLY THE INNOCENT ONCE IN JESUS NAME”AMEN”.


    July 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM



    July 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    my dear sister u have said it all, may allah increase your knowledge amin, thanks i real appreciate your good comment

  15. Isonguyo Akpakpan

    July 25, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Am jes short of wordz abt diz pple who kak dier slf our senator, Bt lt dem knw to evrything one do weda gud or bad dey’s a reward

  16. KS2

    July 25, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Omanlara tetede, infact u deserve the finest iyarinya 4 dis letter. U are de bomb man!

  17. blessing abdullah

    July 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM


  18. Ogeblingz

    July 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Dis men ar wicked Fathers.Infact , they ar not worthy to be fathers nd Senators of Nigeria.The Fed Gov should not impose such law because it is child abuse .

  19. adeoti

    July 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    thanks, also sick and tired too,wicked politicians.


    July 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    OMANLARA TETEDE, You are not a Muslim we are aware of people like you.

  21. KOOL

    July 25, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    May Allah bless u Omanlara.dis senators r just illiterates nd wicked,nd dey re usin Islam 2 cover deir stupid acts.Wish hausas were nt muslims,d disgrace nd embarasment dey av been bringin 2 Islam is just 2 much.Dey shud be wiped away from Nigeria,dey dont deserve 2 live among human beings.

  22. isiaq olawale

    July 25, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Nothing more to say sister as you can see, when an uneducated person is put into position to legislate for a country ,what are you expecting they will understand better if you can right your letter in Hausa language. As for the Yoruba man who vote for the passing if this law, Ondo people know what to do for people like him, when he is back from ABUJA.

  23. Esther

    July 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    My brother Allah will really bless you – Amen

  24. flow

    July 25, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    all the senators are fool

  25. Chinny

    July 25, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    I weak for these muslims, especially the northern Nigeria ones. All they introduce is one evil or the other. This their god that loves evil doing is terrible. Yet they claim islam is peace. Hm! Irony of all ironies. May God Almighty deliver them to accept Christ before it’s late for them. Imagine “enlightened senators” campaigning on how to defile under aged girl children. Yerima that should be facing the wrath of the law for “marrying” an Egyptian under aged girl for the satisfaction of his unquencheable sexual urge is sitting in the senate causing confusion. ABOMINATION! May God visit them all with anger. Amen.

  26. Pito

    July 25, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Miss writer,i’m deeply concerned about the condition you find yourself but there is a way out.I will like to give you this advice.You should try and embrace the religion where paedophilia,terrorism,polygamy.divorce at will are not practised.You could not give a concrete proof to convince people that islam does not encourage paedophilia.In fact,proponents of this wicked and demonic practise have cited verses in the qoran where it is allowed as demonstrated by your prophet Muhammed.In short,where I reside in the north now,a lot of your muslim brethrens were jubilating on hearing about the unholy act.So where do you belong?You have been living in the dark with its attendant consequence,the earlier you start to embrace light through christ,the better for you.

  27. peace

    July 25, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Na wa o, d senate decides to stop thinking with their heads but their pe**s. God 4bids them all

  28. stanley

    July 25, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    many bad going are moving in nigeria because of stupid people in nigeria

  29. George

    July 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    First of I learnt that those 35voters did not endorse” childbride”. Its manipulated by bloggers, media, celebs etc. whatever those senators voted for should be understood before ranting online like Mrs. Damascus did.
    This writer is right from her mindset and citation. There is NO force marriage in islam. It’s also forbidden to have sex with a child before she becomes a woman. Having sex with “underage” girl is a felony. . Now what is Underage?. Is it defines according to our desire or by Quran?. Since this is a matter concerning muslims my comment is addressed to muslims especially the Author of this article. In islam, “underage” is someone who has not experience puberty.The age of puberty varies greatly. To assume that legal age of marriage is 18 is being ignorant. Thats western-christian mindset. We cannot deny the fact that some 12yr old males and females are having sex knowing what they doing. This is haram in both islam and christianity. I would marry off my daughter when she reaches age 15 and starts messing around with guys. Marriage is Not illegal in that instance. Remember that maturity age on islam is puberty not neccessarily @ 18. There are 15yrs olds males and females in EU sexing themselves anyhow and having kids.why can’t they marry instead of fornicating?. State can always set 18 for the right to vote doesn’t change anything. Sister that wrote this letter is okay but she needs to bring everything in context. Islam condems force marriage, it condems sexing a child. A 15yr old who reached puberty is no longer a child. Also a 15yr old who had not experience puberty is a child. Do you understand?. Islam is flexible

  30. gideon

    July 25, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Everyone just s**t up,we are diviating from d issue,dis isn’t about religion,its about wat is right despite wat our believes are.Wat do doz old men c in little kids,13 15 years watss d difference,adults are everywhere beautiful ones at dat.Am seeing dis tinz beyond religion n politics,am beginning to reason dey endulge dis kids more dan wat we imagine or think.Let’s all pray to our various creator to help dis men stop dis insanity.Cos today it is child marriage 2moe d law might be 4 broda sleep wit Sister or father kill ur kids. May God almighty help us all.

  31. jenny

    July 25, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    muslims can’t have peace in this word,because of old thear sins.

  32. iron bar

    July 25, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    fake people.they will bring propaganda..they will still deny it.go and tell ur sultan and leave us alone

  33. Bayor

    July 25, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Abubakar Shehu Tadda you are a Big FOOL with ur Islamic knowledge, idiot. Omonlara Tetede the sky is ur stepping stone keep it on. Abubakar God punish you, why dn’t take ur mother’s child at age of 13yr 4 marriage? Idiot of U

    • Nuhu Bashir Abdullahi

      July 25, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      To those who against the bill voted by majority of the Nigerian Legislators, pls. i need a quick response from them, “how many girls were impregnated at the ages between the range of 13-15? and they gives birth to bastards, have u ever noticed that in ur society? Pls. those ignorants of Islam should stop interfering on things that concerns Islam, for them to be free from annoyance of their creator bcos, it will lead to severe punishment in the hereafter.

  34. Dany

    July 25, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    How incredibly senseless some people can be,and they still ignorantly defend themselves with religiön. What will a 13yr old girl be doing in a marriage if not serving as a sex machine.

  35. Yusuf

    July 26, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Indeed d writer is an illiterate in islam and need to go and learn. @ sa’adatu, u spoke absolutely right. Religiously; islam does nt allow force marriage and marriage cant never b done without parental consent, a 20yr old lady in islam cannot get married without her parents consent, likewise islam does nt specify a give age 4 marriage bt rather leave it open. And even if a girl of 9yr is married, dat does nt mean d consumation of d marriage start immediately bt until she’s physically and mentally matured. Bcos marriage goes beyond sex as many ignorants think of. On d part of christianity, in 12th century d roman catholic specify an age 4 marriage without parental consent to b 12yr 4 a female and 14yr 4 a male which stil remain unchanged. Pple are jst commenting blindly and ignorantly like d writer. We live in a world of attrocities bt ppl never mind of dat. >We live in a city whr girls of 12yr have become serial fornicators dat cant tel hw many men they had sex wit. > we live in a city whr young children of primary sch a being disvigin behind d toilet on valentine day. >we live in a city whr parent sent dia daughters abroad 4 prostitution in order to sent dem dollars. >we live in a city whr young girls of 12yr parade themselve 4 men to have sex 4 just #500 >we live in a city whr govt officials parade university parks to wild sex wit undergraduates >we live in a city whr a common chemist store owner does abortion 4 d so called underage 4 jst #2500. Whr are u wen a baby factory hospital was discovered in d east by police and naptips officials whr girls of 12-15yrs are being impregnated and d babies sold?? If girls of 10yrs bcos of so called technological advancement can have access to pornography i think ntin is wrong wit underage marriage. I’m calling on d christians who are nt objective bt sentimental to stop interfering on islam, bt expect dem to b addressing d issue of d deeper life church dat was caught defiling a 6yr old girl.

  36. kofo

    July 26, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Islam is peace,what ever u say or do can’t stop any real muslim form being a muslim,is better for u to seek knowledge den being brain wash ma/salam

  37. kelvin

    July 26, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    i just wish the women of Nigeria will rise and fight against this slavery that has been placed on their daughters
    infact am waiting for the first lady of nigeria to say so thing about this, instead of her putting her mouth where her business is she goes around doing over sabi>. its time for her to act for once and make her self useful..
    But any old man way i see around my young daughter na problem for that person oo

  38. Bello

    July 26, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    I don’t know any thing these days that has link with Islam easily provoke people.? people are raping and impregnating teenagers and no body said anything. people dating other people’s wives no body came to make noise about it.! some men are doing sodomy and they are even seeking for it to be legalised in Nigeria! no body attacked them. A number of girls who refused to marry are sent abroad for commercial sex work. some teenagers also are employed in baby making factory where your babies born are sold to carnivals and witches. some many things are bad in this country! Yet no body is making noise against any of these people. The senators did not say everybody must marry a teenagers.They just expressed their views on issue before them under a democratic government. pls and pls allow them be and leave them alone. Instead of wasting time abusing them why don’t you reach out to senators who think like you to make a law to suit your thinking. Don’t forget there are Muslim senators who think like you and who did not vote when yarima and co voted!. and people are here abusing the remaining senators religion . I think this is uncalled for. Belief is by choice not by force. Have your belief and allow others to have their own. That is the basis of democracy. I beg pls !

  39. Dowoo

    July 26, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    please,this is not a matter of jokes,every1 should try as much understand life and religion and don’t let us put law into our hands if we don’t have deep knowledge on something pleases lets do find d deepest and truthful of it and please to all Christians this is not where you’ll com up with any argument nor preaching chapter.Please find knowledge cos its d key of life.Do not dispute what u don’t know and do not convince for what your are not very sure of.SALAM to all…

  40. sa'adu zakariya

    July 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Nuhu bashir don’t mind them because that is the mission of unbelievers. Muslims like omolara,ishaq,mulikat and others that judged islam with your illiterate thoughts and minds let me remind you wallahi you must repeat this in front of Allah. A good muslims reasons with Qur’an and hadith. And for you Christians that accused us shame on you because none of you gives any reason with what jesus said or his companions about marriage and this is because you don’t have the knowledge of your religion. Islam is the only religion accusing every day by Christians, hypocrite muslims, all over the world and yet noting happens to us did any of you ask why?. My question to Christians is why did you hanged and killed the man that you claimed to be your savior?

    • oseose

      July 26, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      i dont like commenting when it comes to religious matter but just have to write this in order to enlighten you my dear Zakariya. Jesus Christ was killed and hanged to SAVE and REDEEM you and I from damnation and the coming destuction. Read John 3v16, Romans 8v32, etc . May the Lord give you understanding in Jesus name, amen.

  41. Lanre

    July 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Oh God! After going through all the nonsense some pple wrote above, my heart bled for this nation. How come that pple just allowed themselves to be blindfolded by this evil religion called Islam? All the global problems have their roots in Islam. All the terrorist attacks all over the world are carried out by muslims; killing innocent pple all in the name of religion! Do you think that God Himself will be happy seeing His creatures been destroyed? Now, young girls are now their victims. How on earth can any reasonable person that cares for the future of these innocent angels think of traumatizing them at such a tender age. Is marriage all about sex or food? Don’t you think of some emotional phenomenon attached to the institution of marriage? At the age they suppose to be in school and prepare for their future, you want to be giving them out in marriage. Na wah o! The same way Boko Haram are killing innocent school children and pple like Nuhu above could not come out and condemn their act and the reasonable lady that came out to condemn this evil act you pple are saying she doesnt know anything about islam. Let me tell you, God will arise and scatter all killers and evil perpetrators in any RELIGION, in this nation in Jesus name!!!

  42. Sunny

    July 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    I dnt know why, in some religion, fanatics fights for “GOD” Whose presence they dnt know. Humans, are we animals?

  43. Sunny

    July 26, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    I am a christien and i will never eat an excrate because its bearing a christien name.

  44. JP(zionist)

    July 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Islam is a cursed religion judging by the atrocities they committed against God and mankind! God please open their eyes to see the light of christ.Christ is the way the truth and the life,no one cometh to the father(God) except through him.If u like fast from now till next millenium,if not by the name of Jesus they will all be in vain.My brothers and sisters(Muslims) please turn from the path of darkness to light,Islam will not save u on the last day. Jesus is Lord! Peace be upon u all!!!

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