- A Facebook user identified as Aliyu Umar recently shared photos of an aged man tying the knot with an underage girl in Niger state
- The groom identified as Alhaji Yakubu (Nafsi-Nafsi) apparently paid pieces of kola-nut as bride price in exchange for the young girl
- Many social media users have reacted to the photos, stating that the practice is child abuse and should be stopped immediately
Reports reaching Briefly.co.za claim that a 70-year-old man identified as Alhaji Yakubu (Nafsi-Nafsi) married an underage girl in Lapai local government area of Niger state on December 10. A Facebook user identified as Aliyu Umar shared the photos on his page and congratulated Alhaji Yakubu for successfully marrying the young girl who many are claiming is barely 15 years of age.
The photos have sparked outrage on social media with many internet users condemning the alleged act which shouldn't be praised or even allowed to happen in 2018. There's been many cases of child abuse and child marriage leading to deaths of either the victims or the perpetrators.
Recently, many Nigerians mourned the untimely death of 13-year-old Ochanya Obanje who was a victim of abuse for many years by her uncle and his son. Ochanya died as a result of complications from Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF).
The unidentified young girl was pictured with her new husband who is evidently an aged man. From the photos, it appears that her bride price included several pieces of kola-nut which was counted by some of the men present at the inauspicious occasion.
Here's how Aliyu Umar congratulated the groom on his marrying the young girl below:
The bride who looked unhappy in all the photos poses regardless and suspectedly under duress with Aliyu and her husband, Alhaji Yakubu.
From the photos, several residents in the Lapai local government area of Niger state were present to witness the marriage.
Social media users have reacted to the photos, stating that it is plain child abuse and it should be stopped.
Read some reactions below:
Meanwhile, the Disability Right Advocacy Center (DRAC) organised a rally for sexual and gender-based violence awareness in Abuja. DRAC expressed worry over the rising rate of Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria.
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