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World Health Organisation Frowns At Nigeria Government On FGM

Genital Cutting (FGC) is the practice of partially or totally removing external genitalia of young females aged 0-15 years for cultural purposes.

There are fresh calls on the federal government to intensify efforts towards eradicating (FGM) practice in Nigeria, following the prevalence of the act despite all efforts to stop it.

One of the reasons adduced for it is to curtail premature sexual urge or promiscuity and prepare them for marriage.

Speaking in Lagos recently at a forum on the Danger of FGM, a concerned mother, Mrs Foluke Olowoyo, said the practice is a family tradition that the government needs to reinforce its commitment and end quickly in Nigeria.

Narrating her ordeal regarding the practice, Mrs Olowoyo said the elders of her husband, Mr Dayo Olowoyo’s family in Ekiti had been pressuring her and her husband to allow their 10-year-old daughter to be circumcised according to family tradition.

She added that they said the girl was even overdue for the rite as she ought to have undergone it when she was four years, but her husband had always ignored them.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nigeria has the highest number FGM cases globally with 41 per cent prevalence. WHO said over 40 million females in Nigeria have been circumcised.

However,recent research by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) and UNICEF shows that the South-Western Nigeria has the highest number of female genital mutilation cases in Nigeria.

The breakdown of prevalence rate shows that Osun State has 76.3 per cent; Ekiti State, 71.2; Oyo State, 69.7 and Lagos, 44.8. In the South-East, Ebonyi St

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