- Aisha Buhari, the wife of the president, has charged Nigerians on the abandonment of FGM/C in Nigeria
- The First Lady has described the art as a violation of the fundamental human rights of women in the country
- She urged wives of state governors to champion campaigns for the complete neglect of the practice in their communities
Aisha Buhari, the wife of the president, has called for the abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) in all parts of Nigeria.
She gave the charge at the launch of the national campaign for the abandonment of FGM/C in Nigeria which took place at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday, February 9.
Aisha Buhari, who was represented by the wife of the vice president, Dolapo Osinbajo, urged the wives of the governors in the country to carry out sensitization programmes that would put an end to the practice.
She said: "This landmark occasion represents a call to action to all Nigerians, the executives, policy makers, legislators, development partners and non-governmental organizations to work towards ending FGM and indeed all other forms of harmful traditional practices that impact negatively on women and girls.
"As wives of governors, it is important that we use our privileged positions to make life better for Nigerians especially women and girls. I urge you to be vocal on the need to end FGM in Nigeria and to take actions that would enable this happen," she added.
The First Lady charged all relevant stakeholders such as political office holders, their wives, legislators and other advocates for social change for a coordinated sensitization and awareness across the nation on the social and health implications of FGM.
The event which was organized in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) had some survivors of FGM who shared their experience.
In attendance were the wife of the Senate president, Toyin Saraki; wives of state governors; Nkechi Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu (Kebbi), Bolanle Ambode (Lagos), Rachael Umahi (Ebonyi) among others.
Highlights of the event was the presentation of awards to winners of the Efua Dorkenoo pan African media award for the reportage of FGM/C in Africa.
Watch the exclusive video report from the event: