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The cut that changed everything by Bukola

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Female circumcision: The cut that changed everything by Bukola Ogunrinde was written in 2016.

This is 2016 and people are still into Female circumcision more than a year since Former President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill into law.

Its very pathetic and absurd to think such archaic tradition is still being practiced all in the name of tradition. Female Genital Mutilation comes with a lot of baggage and it includes; childbirth complications, severe bleeding, infertility, infections and other health issues.

United Nation and other Local NGOs that promote the awareness and carry the fight against FGM in rural communities are holding various campaigns and somehow, it still doesn’t seem enough after millions of dollars have been sunk into series projects just to combat this archaic tradition still practiced by deep-rooted families.

I recently had the privilege to hear the story of two victims; one direct source and a secondary source for the younger one.

A Miss. Mutiat Fashina, whom I met while I was at Abeokuta investigating the illegal or underground world of Female Circumcision in that region, shared her circumcision story with us. She’s 35 years old now, but told us about how most of her current problems and trauma started at the age of 3, when she was circumcised.

She was so specific in describing the pain and discomfort she went through from that day until it healed, since then, it has been a rollercoaster of pains, bleeding, infections, well, she finally overcame all that, but once a while she relives the trauma.

She has thrown her full weight behind Anti-FGM campaigns and vows never to allow her daughters endure such callousness and barbaric rite that has no health benefit save for causing pain and possible death.

She just hopes that’s the last of the effect of that assault on her, she prays it doesn’t affect her chances of getting pregnant as well as childbirth complications in the future.

Miss Mutiat urged me to talk to her brother, Mr. Akeem Fashina, whom was based in Abuja. She insisted I tried to interview him as he has his experience with the circumcision of his daughter.

I made my way down to Abuja to go hear Mr. Akeem Fashina’s story. He told a heart-wrenching story about how his 9year old daughter, Miss. Fareeda Fashina, was circumcised when she was a year old baby.

He recalled the experience with teary eyes, while his anger couldn’t be hidden as his shaky voice betrayed him.

It happened while he was away at work in Maiduguri; his family lived in Ibadan back then, close to his parents and extended family. He had told them he wasn’t interested in circumcising his daughter and would gladly do so when he gave birth to a boy, but the girl should remain uncircumcised.

He was well aware of the dangers of FGM hence the standoff with his family, which happened at least once every week until he travelled.

His family claimed it was tradition; his mother was circumcised with other members of his ancestors on both sides of his parents, so why would he want to end such a tradition.

When he returned from his journey to discover what had happened to his baby girl, he said he had a fierce altercation with his father, and then proceeded to move his family to Abuja.

Mr. Fashina seemed pleased he made that decision and somehow struggles with seeing his daughter battle with the pain and infections, and went as far as bringing out her medical reports as proof, he hopes there will be no complications for her in the future.

He has long forgiven his father for harming his daughter and only prays his younger brother doesn’t give birth to a baby girl anytime soon because he is certain she would get circumcised also.

My investigations took me to the hilly side of Southwest Nigeria, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State. Where I met with a widower, Mr. Famuroye who narrated how he lost both his wife and unborn child during childbirth by complications resulting from the circumcision she had as a child.

He narrated how she endured coitus with him and as a result, how they rarely engaged in the act, also how she bled excessively during her menstrual period.

He also decided to join the fight against Female Genital Mutilation in his community and protect every girl in his own little way.

He showed us her grave where he had another crying fit, all of which could have been avoided if someone somewhere had realised that female circumcision was all about the harm without any of the benefits.

Anti-FGMs are sprouting up here and there, but somehow, people still practice this archaic and barbaric tradition. I believe the laws should be enforced and defaulters should be jailed, and these people.

Why would you risk another human beings life and put her chances of having a child on the line because of TRADITION?

It is really uncalled for and more really needs to be done to end Female Genital Mutilation completely. Yet, according to an article by Eagle Online, Southwest Nigeria accounts for 56.9% of female circumcision cases, while Southeast accounts for 40.8% to which South South is responsible for 34.8%.

Although the North accounts for about 9%, it practices the worst kind of female circumcision, infibulation, where the clitoris is completely severed off and vagina is stitched in a way to allow the small hole for urination. Barbaric.

We really need to do better to save future generations from pain and death of this so-called tradition.

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Four soldiers killed in Boko Haram attack in Borno

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Boko Haram members reportedly killed Four Nigerian soldiers during an attack in Gubio, Borno state on Saturday August 10th.

 

The insurgents descended on the Nigerian Army 5 Brigade in Gubio at about 6:00 p.m. on Saturday as they prepared for Eid Mubarak. The soldiers tried to defend their terrain but were killed and their equipment carted away by the terrorists.

 

Four gun trucks, one mortar gun and one artillery gun were stolen.

 

The attack forced military commanders to relocate troops and the 5 Brigade from Gubio, about 100 kilometres from Maiduguri, to Damasak, where the military operates a larger camp.

 

“Therefore, we now have no troops in Gubio, Magumeri and Kareto” a military source said

 

The military source expressed fears that the entire stretch between Maiduguri to Damasak, spanning over 160 kilometres, is now without military presence and may be vulnerable to attacks.

 

The Nigerian Army is yet to react to this recent attack.

 

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Buhari and APC appeals to Tribunal to remove Atiku’s 28,000 exhibits

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The Presidential Tribunal headed by Justice Mohammed Garba, have been asked to expunge 28,000 result sheets of the 2019 Presidential election in 10 states tendered by the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and also reject testimonies of his 40th, 59th and 60th witnesses.

 

Mr Segun Showunmi was Atiku’s 40th witness; David Njorga from Kenya, who was described by the petitioners as their “expert witness” was the PW 59; Joseph Gbenga, a data analyst was the PW 60.

 

The Tribunal was also asked to reject 33 documents which include Certified True Copies of Form CF001 (personal particulars) submitted by Buhari to the Independent National Electoral Commission as the presidential candidate of his party, other INEC documents and some newspaper reports. 

 

The true copies of polling unit, local government, ward and state result sheets challenged by President Buhari and the APC are from Yobe (1,732 result sheets), Kebbi (2,106), Borno (3,472), Kano (5,806), Bauchi  (3,599), Katsina (3,378), Jigawa (3,162), Kaduna (3,335A), Zamfara (eight) and Niger (1,797).

 

President Buhari and the APC also urged the tribunal to dismiss Atiku’s petition against Buhari for lacking in merit ahead of August 21, which is the expected day for parties to present their closing arguments.

 

Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), APC’s lawyer held that the documents should be expunged from the Tribunal’s proceedings because they were “wrongly admitted in evidence”, “legally inadmissible” and “are documentary hearsay evidence that should not have been admitted by the honourable court in the first place”. 

 

President Buhari’s lawyer, Chief Wole Olanipekun also argued that the testimonies of witnesses numbers 40, 59 and 60 were in violation of the March 6, 2019 order of the tribunal, which denied Atiku access to an alleged server in which they claimed INEC stored the authentic results of the last presidential election.

 

Punch reported that while Showunmi (PW40) tendered some video evidence to prove Atiku’s case of the existence of the server, Njorga (PW 59) gave evidence and tendered his report on the existence of the said server, Gbenga (PW 60) on the other hand gave evidence and tendered his report of the analysis of the results of the election in 11 states.

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There’s nothing like being comfortable in your own skin after having kids

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Celebrity stylist, Toyin Lawani shared this explicit photo of herself posing completely naked to take a swipe at those who criticized actress Mercy Aigbe for sharing bikini photos some days back.

 

Posting the racy photo to her page, the mother of two wrote: ‘Heard you people Are crying cause @realmercyaigbe wore bikini owunolelebashe , mercy Mabinu omode lonshewon next time you too wear Aso Oke when You are going swimming. ok, lemme just help you. There’s nothing like being comfortable in your own skin After kids, You can Be A Super Boss and still be sexy, No limits and No law says you can.’

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