One thing that's been absent from the discourse on Senator Yerima and his 14 year old Egyptian wife is the health risks associated with newly married girls becoming pregnant. The most tragic of these is obstetric fistula. Young girls often lose their babies because their bodies are not developed enough for childbirth and then suffer the awful consequences of fistula. Nigeria unfortunately has one of the highest fistula prevalence rates on the continent, with 20,000 new cases each year. The link between obstetric fistula and the common practice of child marriage in the North is obvious for anyone to see. A thousand years ago, people could be excused for not understanding these things. For practices to be justified on account of ancient historical/theological precedent in the face of the obviousness of suffering is a lesson in stone stage thinking. Child marriage ruins thousands of young girls lives in Nigeria every year. How is it possible to know about obstetric fistula and yet continue to be a proponent of child marriage?