The governor of Osun state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has commended the past administration of Goodluck Jonathan.
He gave this commendation while speaking at a programme organised by‎ United Nations Fund for Population Activities, UNFPA, and Shericare Foundation, SCARF, at the opening of a High-level meeting on female genital mutilation in Osogbo.
Aregbesola stated that if the former President has been alleged of not performing by majority of Nigerians, he must still be lauded for signing into law on 5th May 2015, the Female Genital Mutilation Laws.
He held that it must not go unnoticed that it was under the administration of Jonathan that it became a crime for anybody to mutilate the genital organ of a female in the name of circumcision or any other guise.
The governor described the practice as bad, borne out of primitive idea of the effort to continually dominate females in the society which must be stopped by all well-meaning Nigerians.
Aregbesola averred that government at all levels must ensure that they work towards the eradication of the act which has no advantage whatsoever.
He said, “If I have been saying that the former President has not done any good for the country like most people have been saying, I want to use this opportunity to commend the former President for just one good thing he has done on the female genital mutilation law.
“Former President Goodluck Jonathan did one good thing against Female Genital Mutilation, which makes it a crime for anybody to mutilate the genital organ, there is a law signed by him‎ on the 5th of May this year.
“Everybody must work hard to ensure that the practise is done away with, besides the damage it has done to women, it has created health challenges like acute urinary retention, delivery and child birth is affected, infection and many other complications.
“We have not established any scientific advantage let alone any religion supporting the practise. It is just a human design to suppress the other sex. We must all, UNFPA and SCARF tell our society that an end must be put to Female Genital Mutilation in our society and Nigeria”.
Earlier, the wife of the Osun Governor and the President of the Shericare Foundation, SCARF, Mrs Sherifat Abidemi Aregbesola in her welcome address described female genital mutilation as primitive.


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