Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator representing Enugu north, Chukwuka Utazi has said that in Africa, people marry to have children and not for love.
It was on Tuesday, during a bill sponsored by Sam Egwu and the senator representing Ebonyi north. The bill is seeking to prevent, control and manage sickle cell anaemia in the country.
The bill was put to vote by the senate president and passed second reading.
Chukwuka Utazi, while contributing to the debate, said it is painful to realise that an individual cannot marry his or her choice because of blood group.
“This bill is taking me down the memory lane because I’m an AS carrier and when I was about getting married, several years ago, I moved into this orbit and I know what I went through because I was in love. I knew the trauma.
After that incident, for five years I didn’t come out of it. So I am speaking from experience and I know how it pains that you have made a choice and you discover that the choice can’t work. Because in Africa, we marry for children, we don’t marry for love,” he said.
He was interrupted at this point. The interruption made by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, saying “Senator Chukwuka Utazi, I think you should be speaking for yourself.”
“In the developed world, particulars of a child’s blood group is given at birth. A test is done to show the blood group, the genotype before leaving. In the birth certificate of the child, all those things are put in place.” Chukwuka Utazi said as he continues his comment.
“We should not be waiting for when people want to go and marry, that is when they will start checking their genotype and their blood group, it shouldn’t be.
Nigerians were ask to look at ways of addressing health needs.
According to senator Biodun Olujimi, Ekiti south senator; “The time has come for us to look inwards to solve some of these health needs and also support institutions that are doing so. Going forward we need to take serious blood testing for intending couples. We will not allow love take away the best part of our marriages,” he added.