Ebonyi monarchs ban female Genital Mutilation in 87 communities

 In a communiqué after its meeting in Abakaliki during the weekend, Traditional rulers’ council of Ebonyi State have intro­duced laws against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in its 87 autonomous com­munities,

and The council also urged various ties of law making bodies in Nigeria to legis­late against the practice, adding that the traditional rulers drawn from about 87 commu­nities in the state con­demned in its entirety the cutting of female genitalia.

The document signed by the Chairman of the council, Eze Charles Nk­puma of Ezeama King­dom, however, upheld the practice of male circumci­sion.

“In line with the Family Succour and Upliftment Foundation, pet proj­ect of the wife of Ebonyi State Governor, Mrs Ra­chel Umahi, we support such lofty programmes that positively and direct­ly impact on the people, particularly, the recent­ly launched campaign against female genital mutilation ”, the statement added.

“We will give full sup­port to the state govern­ment in actualizing these goals more so by sensitizing the grassroots on the dangers of the FGM”.

Female genital mutila­tion is the ritual removal of some or all of the exter­nal female genitalia.

Typically carried out by a traditional circumcise using a blade, FGM is conducted from days after birth to puberty and be­yond. In half the countries for which national figures are available, most girls are cut before the age of five. Procedures differ accord­ing to the country or eth­nic group.

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