Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has criticised the Nigerian government for allowing the practice of child marriages to thrive in the country.
Mr. Soyinka spoke Sunday during a press conference titled ‘Justice At Bay: The Long, Twisted Road to Ese’ jointly hosted with Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer.
“Until we make an example of people like (Senator Ahmed) Yerima, there will be thousands of Yunusa,” said Mr. Soyinka, a Professor of Literature.
Mr. Yerima (APC, Zamfara West) in 2010 married a young Egyptian girl alleged to be 13 years old.
Yunusa Yellow allegedly abducted Ese Oruru, a Bayelsa teenager, in 2015 to Kano where she was converted to Islam.
Mr. Soyinka also lauded the role Lamido Sanusi, the Emir of Kano, played in the saga noting that the “emir represents a modern traditional ruler who will help transform the primitive chief’s in power.”