When Nigeria outlawed FGM in May by GEJ as the last-minute bill to pass, my initial reaction was ‘great’! Then I thought, what is the purpose of passing this into the law when we all knew there will be no enforcement of law in place?
Few days later, I realised how little the news was publicised in Nigeria online media outlets. In fact the news was enthusiastically recorded in foreign news outlets than Nigeria.
‘Why aren’t we celebrating this important landmark?’ I asked myself.
Something was not right. Maybe people are tired of yet another law that only serve to make mockery of important human rights abuse case?
The other day I read about a London-based father who insisted his three girls go through FGM in Nigeria just go to show how flimsy Nigeria law against FGM is.
UK in the last few years has done a lot to raise awareness, also gone a step further to empower schools to talk to their pupils about FGM so children can open up and seek for help if need be.
This father’s chance of getting away with cutting his daughters in the UK is very slim now. So his only option was to lure the girls to Nigeria where he’d get away with it.
The mother herself went through FGM and testified she has never fully recovered from the trauma.
A six years old girl is grown enough and will forever remember the trauma for life. The girls concerned are 6, 9 and 12 years old.
I say well done to the sensible mother for standing up against bad tradition.
Here’s her full story