Nigerians have suddenly woken up to the ills of child abuse because of an obscure part of the constitution. While we are all getting self righteous and indignant about children’s rights, let us also look at ways we are guilty of perpetrating child abuse. After all Child abuse comes in different colours, shapes and sizes.
Religion and child abuse:
Rape is never funny and pedophilia is nothing to joke about. It sure baffles me how people who condemn rape, who would normally freak out at the thought of a 54 year old man raping a 9 year old girl, could still praise and worship a pedophile prophet who did exactly that!
It seems being a catholic priest or an Islam prophet is a shield from being scorned at as a rapist and pedophile. And now, you can add being a Nigerian Senator or diligent follower of the Islamic faith to the list. Why the double standard? Even when dead, pedophiles graves should be spit on not worshiped in holy pilgrimages!
Senator Yerima imported the 13 year old daughter of his Egyptian gardener as wife. He married this child in the presence of his fellow senators in a lavish ceremony at the National Mosque in Abuja, a mosque built with my tax payers’ money. He used his religion to justify his depravity. He even threatened to sue the National Human Right Commission for infringing on his right to freely practice his religion.
The Pedophile is still in the National Assembly making laws for us. The irony is that this pedophile actually voted to criminalize consensual adult relationship between same sex people. He voted that gays be imprisoned for 14 years, while he goes home to rape his childbride. Surely, pedophiles like Senator Yerima should not be making laws for the country in the day while they go home to rape their under-aged, child-bride in the night. What a sick society! #ChildNotBride. Like Prophet, like Imam, like Senator. Prophet Mohammed did make a good head of the pedophile ring! If he were alive, I wonder how many of his ‘faithful’ followers would scream #ChildNotBride!
Your dear spiritual father whom you fondly call ‘Daddy Oyedepo’ slapped a young girl during a church service, all you did was applaud him and make excuses for him while quoting spuriously from your precious holy book, the bible. You heard about an almost irrelevant section of the constitution, and suddenly you turned into a child right activist, you come online screaming child abuse and signing as many #ChildNotBride petitions as you can, yet you attend church services where you watch nonchalantly and sometimes gleefully, as children are abused in the name of your God.
If you still celebrate Bishop Oyedepo, you are also guilty of encouraging child abuse. When you scream #ChildNotBride, just remember that child abuse comes in different colours, shape and sizes. Your religion or culture is not an excuse to maltreat children. There is NO EXCUSE FOR CHILD ABUSE. #ChildNotWitch #ChildNotBride #ChildNotSlave!
You take in an impoverished child under the pretense of sending the child to school, you turned him/her into your house help. The child, now house-help, does all your household tasks and looks after your children who are probably even older, in exchange for the measly meals you feed her, a roof over her head and for that poor excuse of a school you enrolled her in. Yet, you come online to scream “No to child abuse”. In self-righteous indignation, you sign all the #ChildNotBride petitions. Are you not also guilty of child abuse? Remove the log in your eyes, take a hard look at yourself in the mirror and try to change your ways. #ChildNotSlave #ChildNotHousehelp #ChildNotWitch
The hypocrites will be the first to attend church on Sundays. They will even make the poor child carry their entire luggage including their bible and gifts for their pastors! At every service, they also ask their pastors to beat the demons out of those poor children, after all children of the poor are always witches, because, well, they made their parents poor. It is even worse for them if they are orphans, because, well they must have used witchcraft to kill their parents.
You should make sure you are not a perpetrator of child abuse in your own home before you turn into a child rights activist online!
On S29 (4)b
It is said that you can’t build something on nothing and expect it to stay, it will collapse. And definitely in law, you can’t build your case on a weak foundation, it will collapse. The S29(4)b that is generating this controversy does not say a married woman is deemed an adult, it says a married woman even if below 18 can renounce her Nigerian citizenship. It also further states that the section can only be used to apply to citizenship. Really, this is easy to look up in the constitution, which btw, is also available online.
This particular section has been in the constitution since 1999, Yerima and all other pedophiles do not need that section before they can take a 2 year old girl as wife. There are state laws and Marriage Acts that unfortunately make allowances for them to marry a child.
The one valid legal challenge that can be brought against S29 (4)b of Nigerian constitution is a case of gender discrimination. A married boy under 18 can sue for gender discrimination because according to that section, a married girl of his age and status can enjoy the privilege of renouncing her citizenship, while he cannot. Therefore this section should be repealed because citizenship should be gender neutral.
Even if this section is removed today, Nigerians should not stop the #childnotbride protest. We should direct the protest to the real sections of Nigerian laws that actually allow child marriage. Ignorance is not an excuse to keep beating a dead horse. Sec 29(4)b is not a covert sanction of child marriage. And why even waste energy to fight a supposedly covert law when there are EXPLICIT laws that condone child marriage?
If Nigerians have just suddenly woken up to fight child abuses at least they should get their facts right. What is the essence of directing your energy at a law that does not even mean what you accuse it of meaning when there are laws that mean exactly what you are fighting against? Why not fight to change those laws? Is it that it is convenient to be all emotional about it because pedophiles like Senator Sani Yerima are involved, plus it has a tone of the North vs the west, Christianity vs Islam?
Facts are precious, certainly more precious than sentiments. Nigerians hardly act for long, at least if we are going to get all worked up about this, it is better to get the facts right so the energy can be channeled towards changing the real laws that sanctions child marriage. I am all for fact and evidence, there is no point crying wolf where there is none and as in this case, there is no point screaming at a sheep when the real wolves eat your children. S29 (4)b is not even a sheep, the many state laws are the wolves and they are not even hiding covertly in any sheep clothing, they are explicitly blatant in their intentions. So why misdirect the protest?
I say the real protest is the separation of religion and state. My constitution is not your religious book; get your Quran and bible out of my state laws and policies! Stop quoting your bible or Quran to justify a bill or law on the floor of the national assembly. Don’t cite bible or Quran verses in a courtroom, the court is not your church or mosque! Your religion is not my law. Nigeria is a secular state. Let us protest against the Nigerian membership of Organisation of Islamic countries. It is time to scream #NIGERIA IS NOT AN ISLAMIC COUNTRY!
Stop using tax payers’ money to send people to pilgrimages, if they want to go to Jerusalem or Mount Arafat, let them fucking use their own money! Stop using my tax payers’ money for your religious bullshit. And stop using the tax payers’ money to pay pedophiles like Yerima. Senator Pedophile Yerima belongs in jail not in the chambers making laws for Nigeria!
Now, that is the real protest. Nigerians, get angry enough to demand a real change!