Why The North Has The Highest Number of Early Marriages - Titi Abubakar

1.     According to Mrs Titi Abubakar, the Founder, Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF), the northern Nigeria had the highest rate of early marriage in the country.

According to The Guardian, she said that early marriage had been widely spread in the northern part of the country “because it is believed that it could reduce promiscuity.’’

She said that a report had indicated that nationwide, 20 per cent of girls were married at age 15 and 40 per cent married at age 18 to 22.

“In the Northwest region, 48 per cent of girls were married at age 15, and 78 per cent married at age 18 to 23,” she said.

Abubakar, who is the wife of the former vice president, said that in Nigeria, advocates justified early marriage as necessary for preserving girls’ virginity, adding that “early marriage exposes virgin girls to grave health risk.’’

She said that girls were future wives and mothers with indispensable roles to play in moulding and shaping the future of the nation.

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