Too Young

07.25.132:52 PM ET

Nigerian Senator Married 13-Year-Old

Supports laws protecting child marriage.

Nigerian Sen. Ahmed Yerima has been the driving force behind legislation supporting child marriage and blocking attempts to modernize the constitution of the country by treating married girls as adults—even if under the age of 18—and giving them the right to renounce citizenship. Yerima himself has taken a 13-year-old Egyptian bride (though he denies her age), using this law to technically bypass the illegality of such a marriage. Nigerians are now popularizing the hashtag #ChildNotBride on Twitter in protest of this exploitation and hypocrisy.

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