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CAN moves to end FGM in 21 Imo communities



CAN moves to end FGM in 21 Imo communities

By Victor Nwachukwu

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), a chapter of the local government area of ​​Njaba in Imo, is committed to working to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in the region.

The pledge is contained in a statement read by the secretary of the CAN, Reverend Chigozie Nwaka, during an advocacy dialogue on FGM, organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the National Agency. orientation (NOA) in Njaba on Thursday.

Nwaka, who described FGM as a sin against God, added that “although the Holy Bible approves the circumcision of the male child, it does not support that of the girls”.

He said it would be wrong for those who practice FGM to use the Bible as a form of defense.

The secretary said: “To express our support for the call to end FGM, we hereby declare that the act is anti-Christian and not biblical; it is also against federal government and IMO laws.

“The gospel of Jesus Christ has brought salvation to mankind and this includes liberation from both spiritual and physical oppression against mankind and we identify FGM as one of these acts of oppression .

“The holy scriptures command that men, and not women, be circumcised. We will therefore work to stop the practice of FGM in the 21 communities of Njaba.

In a remark, the Rev Bonaventure Ozoigbo, pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, Umuele-Amazano, also described FGM as “a violation of basic principles of Christianity”.

The head of the UNICEF program for FGM in Imo, Mr. Chigozie Ojiaku, urged religious leaders to stay true to the commitment to help end FGM.

He said that “it is wrong to say that FGM is supported by the Bible” and called on religious leaders to change the narrative and right the wrong.

“FGM is practiced by followers of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, but it is not supported in the Torah, the Bible or the Koran. These are mistakes of the past that should be stopped, ”he said.

The UNICEF Facilitator for FGM in Imo, Mr. Vitus Ekeocha, also urged religious leaders to use their acceptance in their various communities to advocate for an end to the practice.

He said that “your moral authority in various communities gives you the opportunity, the power and the responsibility to help fight harmful traditional practices that are not supported by the scriptures. We are counting on you.

NOA Director in Imo, Mr. Nazzy Njoku, urged dialogue participants to use the opportunity to mark the lives of their constituents.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the event brought together leaders from 21 communities in local government areas. (NAA)


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