Nigeria has second-largest number of child brides – UNICEF

Yakubu Chanji with his child bride Credit:

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Saturday said Nigeria has the second-largest number of child brides in the world, with 23 million girls and women married out as children.

The Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Nigeria, Bauchi Field Office, Bhanu Pathak stated this in Bauchi at a Youth Talk organised in commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, The Nation reports.

“Too many Nigerian children and young people are being left behind, especially when it comes to education.

“Nigeria has the world’s highest number of out-of-school children; more than 10.5 million Nigerian children are not in school.

“Nigeria also has the second largest number of child brides in the world with 23 million girls and women married as children, and as such, ending their education,” said Pathak.

Pathak restated UNICEF’s resolve to foster a stronger partnership with the Nigerian government for the realisation of children’s rights.

The President, Youth Advocates For Education, Bauchi, Sagir Musa said, the challenges of young people included high rate of unemployment, lack of basic life skills, drug abuse, political thuggery and illiteracy among others. 

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