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Oyo government seeks religious leaders’ support to end genital mutilation 

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Oyo State Government has solicited the support of Islamic leaders in Ibadan to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the state.
 
The state also warned those involved in the practice to desist because of its consequences.
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Oyo State Coordinator of FGM, Mrs. Balikis Olawoyin, who spoke at the advocacy visit of StopCut Project of HACEY Health Initiative to the League of Imams in Ibadan, said religious leaders are pivotal to end cutting of female genitals. 
 
Olawoyin, who is also a staff member of Oyo State Primary Healthcare Board, warned that FGM could lead to death, loss of pregnancy, divorce, and other medical hazards.
 
She said:” We come to seek your support on how to put an end to FGM. FGM is an age-long tradition. Some even give religious reasons as the rationale behind the practice.

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We are working with kings and traditional leaders. If we don’t get your support, our efforts will be in futility. FGM doesn’t have any medical benefits. Research has shown that those that underwent FGM are promiscuous.    

“The myth about it is fallacy. A lot of dangers are inherent in FGM. Death is part of it. Medical hazards and peril can happen during circumcision which can lead to many issues, including contraction of virus, inability to get pregnant, operation of pregnancy, stillbirth, and death of a pregnant woman.

“It is violence against girls and women. What we are removing from the girls is a violation of their rights. There are a lot of dangers in the practice. There are no benefits in the practice.” 

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Olawoyin urged the clerics to disseminate the message as it has been resolved globally that by 2030, there must be no girl in the world that will be circumcised.
   
The Chief Imam, who was represented by Sheik Dr. Abdulwaheed Afolabi Rafai, Ajanasi Agba of Ibadan land, said FGM is not even compulsory in Islam. 
 
“The moment it is removed, the enjoyment in sex will not be there again. It is only a male child that is compulsory to be circumcised. The practice must stop so that women won’t have problems with child delivery, “ the clerics said.

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