Senator Ahmad Yerima, a former Zamfara State governor, has said that his Egyptian wife, who he allegedly married as a 14-year-old in 2010, is in the process of obtaining a master’s degree. Yerima sent shockwaves across the globe when reports emerged that he had married a minor at the national mosque in Abuja in 2010.
However, while featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Friday night, Yerima defended his actions, saying his marriage to his wife has not stopped her education. “She is doing her Master’s Degree now,” he said.
Yerima also criticised the Child Rights Act (2003) and the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (2015), saying whatever act is passed at the National Assembly has to be domesticated by the state assemblies. “And once they have not done that, it’s no longer a law,” he added.
The former governor’s marriage to a minor has been a source of controversy for many years. However, it seems that Yerima remains unapologetic about his actions and continues to defend his decision.