Child marriage is most prevalent in the predominantly Islamic Northwest region, with UNFPA stating that in this area "48 percent of girls were married by age 15, and 78 percent were married by age 18." One Nigerian proponent of child marriage, Muslim Rights Concern NGO director Ishaq Akintola states that Muslim law does not specify a minimum age for marriage. The senate needed 73 votes to outlaw the clause, but with 35 senators voting in favour, only managed 65. The Daily Post published a list of the senators who voted in favour here.
Among those who voted in favour was Senator Abubakar Bagudu, who said the vote was not in favour of child marriage, but in support of the citizenship clause. However, comments he made to the media indicate that he was not against the issue of child marriage, with the Vanguard reporting that he said, "In many places around the world, marriage below the age of 18 years for girls is allowed by parental consent”. He insisted that the “Holy Bible, the Koran, the Torah etc, all view full age for women from the age of puberty.”