Child marriages in Nigeria have taken a political turn with presidential polls less than three weeks away.

According to Maryam Uwais, a lawyer based in northern Nigeria, “politicians seem to think that taking a stand against pegging the minimum age for marriage would be synonymous with taking a stand against the Muslim faith.”

17 percent of Nigerian girls in the country are married before they turn 15 years while the Muslim northwest sees 48 percent of girls are married off by the same age.

Hussaina Ibrahim, lawyer of 14 year-old Wasila Tasi’u who faces the death penalty for allegedly murdering her 35-year-old husband and three others at her own wedding party believes that the government doesn’t care about the girls forced into marriage.

Source: Guardian