Good day Ma’am,
I feel very strongly that it is my constitutional duty to write this letter to you in the light of the recent outrage expressed at the reported marriage of Mr. Sani Ahmed Yerima to a thirteen-year-old Egyptian girl. While other people were impressed that you are standing up for the rights of a minor, and a female at that, I permitted myself a long, sarcastic laugh when I heard about it. My reason for reacting that way is simple.
You, Ma’am are a hypocrite.
The last I checked, you were the sponsor of a Bill that to my knowledge is still under consideration by the House, a Bill seeking to deprive womenfolk of their right to pick and choose what they can wear. That right should be as fundamental as the right to breathe, especially in this very hot climate of ours. By even suggesting that Bill, you Ma’am have shown yourself to be very clearly on the side of those who believe that when a woman is raped, she somehow invited it by ‘dressing provocatively’. For you to be taken seriously in your ‘outrage’ at Mr. Yerima’s marriage, kindly withdraw the nudity bill from the floor of the Senate.
For your information Ma’am, Senator Yerima’s marriage is under Nigerian law quite legal. The relevant part of our Criminal Code, which for clarity is Nigerian Criminal Code Part III, Chapter 27, Section 281, reads, “Any person who has unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of thirteen years is guilty of a felony, and is liable to imprisonment for life, with or without caning.”