Ex-Zamfara Governor, Yerima Gives Fresh Update on His 14-year-old Egyptian Wife

Former Zamfara State Governor, Ahmed Sani Yerima, has said that the 14-year-old Egyptian girl he married in 2010 when he was 49 is now doing her master’s degree.

Recall that Yerima drew the ire of local human rights groups when reports emerged in 2010 that he had married an alleged 13-year-old foreigner at the national mosque in Abuja.

The outrage prompted a Senate probe — as a sitting senator then.

However, Yerima, who appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today, revealed that his Egyptian bride was older and was obtaining a master’s degree.

When he objected to her being 13, the former governor was asked if she was 15, to which he replied, “Around that age: 14, 15.”

On the claim that he paid $100,000 as dowry for the Egyptian girl’s hand in marriage, the former Zamfara governor noted that “it’s not dowry.”

He explained further that “all other things” stipulated as conditions for the marriage were counted to arrive at that figure.

“Provision of the house, provision of dowry, the dresses that she has to wear, everything [in] total,” he said.

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