In Zaria, there was marriage ceremony between a rather curious couple: the bride, who is supposedly to be eight years of age and in primary four and the groom aged 14 and is in SS1
Reports indicated that they are of the Baba Ahmed family in Zaria and this is reportedly not the first of such marriages they have conducted in the family.
Sources told Abiyamo, that although the marriage has indeed been formalized between the two ‘lovers’, there will be no sexual intercourse until at least they finish their secondary school education.
However, It is unclear if there will be other marital duties such as cooking, living together or going for outings.
According to the culture of the Northerners in Nigeria that ceremony signifies the girl is being betrothed to the boy but as soon as they are both mature enough usually after Secondary school, then they properly consummate the marriage and can perform marital duties.
The marriage has raised a lot of controversy among Nigerians. Some are totally outraged at the concept of wedding between minors and even say it is unconstitutional as the ‘bride’ is not of age and she did not give her consent while others say there is nothing wrong with it.