The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared that many marriages in Nigeria are illegal due to the fact that just 314 places of worship had renewed their licenses to conduct statutory marriages.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Mrs. Georgina Ehuriah, made the known in Abuja and categorically stated that marriages conducted in unlicensed places of worship, remained illegal as same will not be recognised by the government.
While calling on places of worship to update their data with the ministry, Ehuriah said only about 4,689 licenced places of worship had done so.
“Presently, only about 4,689 licensed places of worship in Nigeria have updated their records with the Ministry of Interior of which only 314 have renewed their licenses to conduct statutory marriages.
The implication of this is that marriages conducted in unlicensed places of worship are not in line with the Marriage Act and cannot serve legal purposes when the need arises; and such unlicensed places of worship are operating contrary to Section 6(1) of the Marriage Act,” she added.