Six million girls married by age 15 – Minister

962, girls married by age 15

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan, has said six million girls were pushed into marriage by the age of 15 in 2015.

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Senator Alhassan stated this at the national campaign launch of ending child marriage in Nigeria, held at the Sheraton hotels in Abuja.

The minister said the north has one of the highest rates of early marriage in the world with an estimated 65% of children married off below the age of 18years.

She added that northwest and northeast are the two geo-political zone where it is prevalent.

Speaking at the occasion,Vice President Yemi Osinbajo appealed to the citizenry to unite against child marriage, adding that the federal government would not approve marriage below the age of 18.

His word, “We must persuade all Nigerians to stop this through advocacy and more campaign against it. States without provisions for girl child education should consider this and also enroll girls who dropped out of school due to early marriage.”

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