News went round yesterday that the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice set 18 years as the minimum age for marriage, as it prohibits marriage of persons under 18.
This development hasn’t gone down well with some Arewa Twitter users, who have taken to the platform to berate Saudi for taking the step.
According to a report by the Saudi Gazette, the Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council Sheikh Dr. Walid Al-Samaani on Monday issued a circular to all courts, stressing the banning of marriage for persons under 18 years.
Mr Al-Samaani’s directives are based on paragraph 16/3 of the executive regulations of the Child Protection Law.
The law says:
“Before conducting marriage contracts one has to make sure that marrying a person under the age of 18 will not harm him or her and achieve their best interests, male or female.”
Twitter user @AY_Zarewa said this move will increase fornication among young people and he warned that such laws should not be brought to Nigeria. He wrote;
Saudi Arabia decision to ban under 18 marriage is totally wrong. What for?
The world is coming to an end if Muslim countries will finalize terrible decision like this.
Not Only Arewa Twitter, alot of Saudi based Scholars will go against it.
The decision will be reversed ISA.
Marriage has been copacetic for centuries. It’s your choice to marry 16 year old girl, 17+ ….. or 50 as you wish. Idk where all these infructuous rules are been derived from?
“This nonsense wouldn’t come to Nigeria by God grace. “These mischievous people propagating the attrition of marriage based on religious rules will never succeed.
“This is a direct pander to teenagers. Setting up these rules will only increase fornication among teenagers. It’s okay for them to have sex with 16,17 girls but its prohibited for them to get married. Lol. “Bunch of demented Hypocrites.”