By Chinyere Amalu
The Federal Government has said it may take legal action against Senator Sanni Yerima, if it had facts that the former Zamfara State Governor married a 13-year-old girl.
Women Affairs and Social Development Minister, Iyom Josephine Anenih, who gave the hint at a press conference in Abuja, though noted that the government had not begun any serious investigations into the case, she challenged journalists, civil societies and the general public to come up with hard facts.
â€œ Those making the allegations should come up with such facts as the name of the girl, her date of birth, we have not known where the marriage was contracted and things like that,â€ the minister said, adding that if these facts were provided the Attorney-General could proceed to prosecute the senator.
She stressed further, â€œ so as representatives of Government, we have to be sure of facts before taking action. Even if we go to court, and if we donâ€™t have facts, we cant make any head wayâ€.
The minister, said she was herself not sure that the senator could indulge in such relationship, but said that if it was true, it was condemnable. â€œBut if it is true, then it is very condemnable, obnoxious and it is something that we cannot allow to happenâ€.
She called on women to put hands on deck and defend their rights and that of the children, pointing out that if they didnâ€™t, no one else would do it for them.
The minister said it was high time that children be respected in this country and as they were the future of tomorrow.