The Minister for Women’s Affairs is Taking legal Action Against the Speaker of Niger Over his Proposal to Arrange Marriages for 100 Orphans

Source: Vanguard

The Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, has taken a bold step in addressing a controversial situation unfolding in Niger State. She has approached the court of law and petitioned the Inspector-General of Police to intervene and halt the Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Abdulmalik Sarkin-Daji, from proceeding with his plans to sponsor the marriage of 100 girls. This move comes amid concerns over the welfare and future of the girls involved.

Incident Overview:

  • The controversy arose when the Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Abdulmalik Sarkin-Daji, announced his intention to fund the marriage of 100 girls, some of whom were orphaned by insurgency, as part of his constituency project. 
  • Sarkin-Daji clarified that his intention was merely to provide financial support for the weddings and not to force the girls into marriage.
  • The Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, strongly opposed the plan.
  • Kennedy-Ohanenye emphasised that the welfare and future prospects of the girls should be paramount, citing concerns over their rights and well-being.
  • She underscored the importance of upholding laws such as the Child Rights Act and ensuring that children are protected from potentially harmful situations.


In taking legal action and petitioning the Inspector-General of Police, Minister Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye has demonstrated a commitment to safeguarding the rights and well-being of vulnerable girls in Niger State. Her proactive approach sends a clear message that such initiatives, however well-intentioned, must prioritise the best interests of the individuals involved. By advocating for girls’ education and vocational training, Kennedy-Ohanenye emphasises the importance of empowering them to build independent and fulfilling futures. This case stresses the ongoing need for vigilance in protecting the rights of children and ensuring that their welfare remains a top priority in all initiatives and policies.

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