Female Genital Mutilation: The 'Madness' Ends In Osun State
The traditional rulers, circumcisers in 21 communities in Osun State where Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is commonly practiced, have vowed to stop the practice.
They have signed a social agreement with the United Nations Children Fund.
Osun State was rated to have the highest prevalence rate of the practice of FGM in Nigeria, well above the national prevalence rate, according to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2016-17.
At a public declaration of abandonment of FGM held at the Secretariat of Ife East Local Government Area of Osun State, traditional leaders and community leaders agreed to join advocacy against it.
The Ajiroba of Abata Egba, Badiru Akamji Adeoye; the Balogun of Wanikin, Emmanuel Awoyera; and the Akinrogun of Iyanfoworogi signed the social agreement of behalf of the communities and the representatives of the communities, including the circumcisers, made oral vow in the public that they would not practice FGM again.
The United Nations Children Fund described the decisions of the communities to stop FGM as a good development given the dangers in the practice to the girl child.
The UNICEF FGM Consultant for Ekiti, Osun and Oyo States, Aderonke Olutayo lauded the communities for stopping FGM and warned that whoever that does it again would be arrested and prosecuted.
She explained that FGM is any partial or total removal of external female genitalia or any other injury of female genital organ for non-medical reasons.
A student of School of Science in Ile-Ife, who witnessed the event, Taiwo Omotosho Oreofeoluwa, said she was happy that the FGM would no longer be in practice in her community and girls would be allowed to remain natural as created by God.
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