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Metro Aisha Al-Hassan - FG Recognizes Islamic Law But Girls Must Reach 18 Years Before Marriage



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Nigeria's Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Al-Hassan today said the Federal government recognizes Islamic laws but strongly kicks against child marriage.

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Speaking in Abuja at the launch of a campaign to eradicate Child marriage in Nigeria by 2020, the minister said a girl has to be at least 18 years old before she can be given out in marriage.

"We cannot change the position of the Islamic laws especially since it is recognized in the Nigerian constitution but for the purpose of this campaign that we are launching, we are saying that to us, we agree with Islam but the child should be married when she is matured. We are saying that the age of maturity should be at least 18 years" she sai