Aisha Buhari First lady calls for campaign against female genital mutilation

She also commended the effort of development partners, international organisations for their continued support to end the practice.

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Aisha Buhari- First lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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The Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has called on relevant stakeholders to create awareness on the health implications of female genital mutilation in the country.

Mrs Buhari was represented by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, at the launch of joint UNFPA/UNICEF to support programme to eliminate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the country.

Aisha said that FGM was a harmful practice that had negative, social and economic consequences in the lives of the effected women and girls.

"It is disheartening to note that Nigeria has the highest prevalence of FGM in the continent."

It is a cultural practice which does not have help or social benefit to women, girls and to the society at large.

She said it had not been promoted by any religion as no instrument of the two religions had supported FGM.

She called on Nigerians to work toward an action that would end FGM and any tradition harmful to women and children.

"Some actions of the Federal Government and development partners have led to abandonment of the FGM practice.

''These efforts are being guarded by concert evidence and data from research effort by the government and partners."

She commended the effort of development partners, international organisations for their continued support to end FGM and harmful traditional practice.

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