Circumcision Practitioners Gather In Ibadan To Stop Female Genital Mutilation

Circumcision Practitioners Gather In Ibadan To Stop Female Genital Mutilation

The war against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) (a.k.a female circumcision) recorded a major victory yesterday Monday 23rd May, 2016 when circumcision practitioners gathered and promised to stop the age-long practice.

Venue of the historic event was the Mapo Hall in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

In attendance were former President Olusegun Obasanjo,  Osun State First Lady, Sherifat Aregbesola, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Olawale Akanbi, Mrs Maggie O. Kane, Editor and Cordinator of the Guardian Media Global Campaign to end FGM London, Dr. Comfort Momoh, MBE (a medical practitioner and UK Queens Award winner) and a host of other anti-FGM campaigners.

Host of the event was High Chief Abiola Ogundokun, the Chairman, Board of Trustees and Coordinator of the Circumcision Descendants Association of Nigeria (CDAN).

At the summit, circumcisers agreed to stop the practice which has been condemneds as a violation of the rights of the girl child; a practice that has hurt women physically and psychologically through severe bleeding and urinary problems, cysts, infections, as well as complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.

The circumcision practitioners present at the event were from the Southwest states of Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo and Ogun as well as Kwara. They pledged to discontinue with female circumcision and stick with male circumcision alone.

CULLED FROM: newspeakonline.com

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