Wife of the President, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu has urged parents and guardians across the nation to protect the rights, vulnerability and well-being of the girl child in the country.
Tinubu stated this in a statement signed on Tuesday in commemoration of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), under the theme “Her Voice, Her Future: Investing in Survivors Led Movements to End Female Genital Mutilation”.
She noted that the FGM commemoration is another reminder to parents and guardians of their responsibility to protect the rights of every girl child in Nigeria.
The First Lady also raised concern about the hazards and health implications of FGM among girlchild, while calling on the wife of governors across Nigeria to continue to support the fight against the FGM.
“We are once again reminded of the responsibility we bear to protect the rights, vulnerability and well-being of the girl child.
“Today, I call upon parents, particularly mothers, traditional leaders, and community leaders, where Female Genital Mutilation persists to consider the damage and irreversible health implications inflicted on our daughters.
“While acknowledging the progress made in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria, we must confront the practices that still persist, causing irreparable harm to our girls.”
Punch / Arafat Ayofe