By Chinasa Ogbonna
A serious war has been launched against the circumcision of female children – Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting – in Imo State under the auspices of the Women Divine Destiny Initiative (WODI) founded by the wife of Imo State Governor, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, in partnership with the United Nation’s Population Fund (UNPF).
Speaking at the launching of the programme in Owerri last week, the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha called for the eradication of the practice in the state and beyond.
He noted that though FGMC was a part of the culture of the people, he added that any culture that entailed violence against the women and the girl-child was evil that should be discarded.
The governor attributed the practice to ignorance, reiterating that it was time for its abrogation because “culture is not static but progressive”.
The wife of the governor, Nneoma Rochas Okorocha, in her speech, explained that WODI in partnership with UNPF embarked on the crusade against FGMC because it has destroyed many girls and mothers.
In recognition of her role in the war against the practice, Nneoma Okorocha, was appointed Imo State Ambassador in the fight against FGMC as announced by UNPF’s country representative, Mrs. Ratidzai Ndhlovu represented by Mrs. Beatrice Mutali,
Mrs. Ndhlovu expressed joy that the fight against FGMC was gradually succeeding globally and called for proper legislation on the issue to help put an end to the deadly practice.
In spontaneous response, the Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Acho Ihim, assured of a speedy passage of the bill against FGMC in Imo State by the House.
Speaking too, the chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Imo State Chapter, Bishop Stanford Nworgu promised that the church will partner with government to get the practice stopped.
Furthermore, the chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Sam Ohiri, assured that FGMC shall not form part of the culture of Imo people again as all the traditional rulers in the state shall throw their full weight behind government to stop the practice.