The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) recently reviewed some of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFRN); section 29(4) was one of such provisions. It provides that for the purposes of renunciation of Nigerian citizenship, a married woman is deemed to be of full age. Senator Ike Ekweremadu moved the House for the deletion of that provision and 75 senators voted “aye”. However, Senator Ahmad Sani Yerima argued against the motion on the ground that such amendment would violate Islamic law, which, according to Senator Yerima, provides that any married woman is of full age. A repeat voting was demanded and the result was that section 29(4) be retained.
So, what’s the blawg about: is every married woman really of full age?
This discussion shall delve into matters of international law, federal law and Islamic private law and the correlation between them. Details to follow shortly.
In the interim, what’s your take?