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#StopFGMNow! This Facebook User Publicly Displays the Inhumane Cutting of Little Girls

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Perhaps one of the characteristics of a developing nation is the battling of challenges that may seem archaic to a more informed population. While organisations like The Girl Gen and End Cutting Girls are fighting to put an end to female genital mutilation (FGM), a Facebook user, Alhaji Adebayo, is currently running a “bonanza”, offering to carry out female circumcision for free for 8 days, ending Thursday, January 4th, 2018.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), FGM comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

Now, non-medical reasons in this case is cultural, where FGM is believed to increase marriageability by ensuring premarital virginity and marriage fidelity. Why? Because FGM is believed to reduce a woman’s libido, therefore helping her resist pre/extramarital sexual acts.

FGM is rooted in gender inequality, the attempt to police women’s sexuality.

The truth is FGM has no health benefits. It is known to interfere with the natural functions of girls’ and women’s bodies.

It is known to oftentimes result in complications which include: urinary problems, vaginal problems, menstrual problems, sexual problems, increased risk of childbirth difficulty, and even psychological problems. And the list is often longer.

It appears Adebayo, an Accounting & Audit graduate of Kwara State Polytechnic, is widely known for this practice as, photos shared on his page had at least a dozen bystanders watching him cut the girls. The children’s parents probably gave approval for the circumcision, another sad reality. Experts say this practice is common in Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Kwara, Imo and Ebonyi states.

Adebayo cuts the girls, little girls, in his home in Ajere House, Alapansanpa Compound Alore Area in Kwara State. The little girls are held to the floor by men, a flimsy piece of cloth to cushion their innocent bodies. There is a bucket, into which the blood from the cutting goes.

It is possible that the girls will bleed for days. They have no one to fight for them. Adebayo, as seen on his Facebook, is involved in grassroots politics in his state, Kwara State.

Adebayo, in defence of his practice, claims that he has a foundation that pays for “the hospital bills for those that prefer to do their own (FGM) at the hospital”.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 signed into law a federal ban on female genital mutilation. As at 2016, 26 states were yet to ratify it into their state laws.

Evidently, the act is still in practice in the country.

It is necessary that the Federal Government is urged to enforce its laws, and stop the mutilation of the bodies of women.

See screenshots from Adebayo’s Facebook page below:

Do you know of any victims? Please contact The Girl Gen or End Cutting Girls  to help them get the necessary help.

We also use this opportunity to call for all state governments to ratify the laws criminalizing this activity and to preserve the fundamental human rights of girls in Nigeria.

15 Comments

  1. jhon murdock

    January 3, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    FGM = MGM. All cultures that cut girls also cut boys. FGM will not be ended as long as MGM is allowed to persist.

    • Jummy

      January 3, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      Apples and oranges!

      What is the premise behind MGM? Is it to police the sexuality of men? Is to render men unworthy of experiencing sexual bliss? Your argument is so fallacious it’s scary! MGM does not have nearly as many complication as FGM.

      PLEASE do not compare the two.

    • le coco

      January 3, 2018 at 10:34 pm

      jhon!.. mumu

  2. chris nichols

    January 3, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    Human rights are NOT gender-specific. All children have the right to genital autonomy and bodily integrity. Like FGM, male circumcision is nothing less than a vicious assault on human sexuality, a surgical technique devised as a means of social control. Male circumcision is every bit as cruel and unjust as any of its female counterparts. It is a sexually debilitating, physically and psychologically scarring, procedure. Intactivism fights for the rights of males, females and intersex children alike.

    • Jummy

      January 3, 2018 at 10:43 pm

      Oga shift!

      Show me any man that has been scarred by circumsicion the way women have been. You might as well tell parent not to pierce their daughters’ wars because “it’s mutilation

    • Hotspice_yimu

      January 4, 2018 at 12:08 am

      Just google “the dangers of having the foreskin of the pen*s intact” and you will change your mind. On the other hand, there are no health dangers for uncircumcised females but hey some myopic forefathers who couldn’t please their women sextually, thought it best to deprive future daughters of sextual pleasures hence this barbaric act.

    • the real ibinabo

      January 4, 2018 at 12:13 am

      You cannot compare both. Uncircumcised males are at greater risk of infections and conditions like paraphimosis.

    • I_I

      January 4, 2018 at 8:01 am

      Male circumcision actually has health benefits: it been proven in clinical trials to reduce the risk of HIV infection.

  3. draken

    January 4, 2018 at 3:59 am

    MGM is painful, cruel and outdated. The nonsense about phimosis and penile cancer are stupid. Teach a boy to clean his foreskin and that virtually eliminates that. Why don’t we cut off labia because some women’s hygiene is below par or they may develop urinary tract infections. We have antibiotics these days. Penile cancer affects far less than 1 percent of all men. Should we do prophylactic mastectomies of girls so they do not get breast cancer? FGM and MGM should be outlawed for minors. If you are religious, do you admit thay ypur God(s) made a mistake that should be surgically corrected? To those that say it does not affect male enjoyment of sex, that is incorrect. The foreskin is full of sensory nerve endings. Pls google pics of MGM gone wrong. It was promoted as a cure for masturbation in boys. Basically, it was used to curn the emerging sexuality. Most of Europe have stopped this barbaric practice. Leave your boys and girls intact!

  4. le coco

    January 4, 2018 at 6:21 am

    Men ehn?… This is not about you! … FIND ANOTHER PLATFORM…today We are discussing FGM… Why are u ppl making this about you… Every time women are discussing their own issues
    . you men come with your rubbish “but men go through this too” & so?.. BN Is open 24/7.. You guys had ample opportunity to send in articles talking about your so-called MGM.. but u won’t.. its when women start that u want to piggy back off of our own cause….. Go away.. Nd shame on you for trying to compare the two

  5. John

    January 4, 2018 at 7:42 am

    @le coco actually a Facebook user, Alhaji Adebayo,A MAN by the way is dicussing the FGM issues..isn’t that ironic…and why are you telling him to go away…. are you the onwner of Bella Naija..even uche pedro won’t be as stupid as you. why do you womyn love bullying people online ad if una het any power to begin with.m..you womyn are only good at online activists and looking for trouble with men.

    • Ec

      January 4, 2018 at 8:29 am

      My friend we are discussing FGM, stop the poor men, all lives matter nonsense

  6. John

    January 4, 2018 at 9:43 am

    But all human lives matter no be so…or are there lives that matter more?..

  7. caramelbeauty

    January 4, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Dear Jhon Murduk, do not ever compare FEMALE GENITAL “MUTILATION” with male circumcision, the two are far far apart….from the names even it is clear.

  8. Itos

    January 4, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    This is barbaric, I can’t even stomach this, I can’t even look. This is a criminal act, where are the law enforcement agents. Unimaginable, this Adebayo man needs to be arrested

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