Usman Abbass Babayo, the alleged founder of Abusidiqu.com, a staunch supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari and a member of Buhari’s presidential campaign media team has thrown his weight in support of the practice of pedophilia and the global scourge of child marriage.
According to Babayo, in a set of tweets on Thursday via his Twitter handle @shangudar, “I stand by my words, I will prefer to marry a girl of 11 years old that to marry a so called 20 years old that was once a bitch to everyone.”
Babayo, wasn’t done. “So it’s normal to have sex with teenagers but it’s not normal to marry a lady at the age of 11…”
Babayo immediately came under fire from a section of the Nigerian social media who condemned what they called the sheer insensitivity and stupidity of his tweets. He has since deleted the tweets but not after they had been screen munched.
The Abusidiqu.com platform allegedly co-owned by Babayo was used as a frontline media propaganda platform by President Buhari during the presidential campaigns.
In 2013, Ahmed Yerima, a Nigerian senator who is said to have married a 13-year old girl blocked attempts to modernise the constitution and implicitly endorsed child marriage.
Nigeria’s Senate passed a bill Wednesday that approved life imprisonment for rapists and those who have sex with children under 11 years old, a Nigerian newspaper reported. The legislation could help build a stronger law against sexual crimes in the West African country where scores of women and children are subject to rape and sexual violence.
The bill included various sentences and fines for other sexual offenses such as incest, child pornography, sexual tourism, gang rape, sexual harassment, prostitution of mentally disabled persons, lacing drinks with drugs with intent to sexually abuse, and deliberately infecting someone with HIV and other diseases. The bill also mandated storing names of sex offenders in a database.