The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has asked that underage marriage be banned in Nigeria.
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CAN made the demand on Wednesday in its presentation at the ongoing constitution review in the country.
CAN President, Olasupo Ayokunle, who was represented by John Oladapo, chairman of the Ondo State chapter of the Christian body, at the public hearing organized by the House of Representatives Special Committee On The Review Of The Constitution in Akure, advocated that 18 years should be the minimum age for marriage in the country.
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CAN lamented that the girl-child has been exposed to series of indecent traditions in some parts of the country.
The umbrella body of Christians in Nigeria also sought for rights of females to contest or seek for appointments based on equal opportunities.
“It should be made a law that anybody below the age of 18years is not matured enough for marriage across the nation. That’s the submission,” CAN said.
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“We recommend that the constitution shall bring clarity and emphasis to recognising and affirming eighteen years as the age of maturity and that for sexual consent.
“Guarantee for the rights of women and girls, females, to contest or seek appointment based on equal opportunities that secure their active participation in politics.”