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Orikinla Osinachi

Commendable. Even though the call for fatwa against FGM is mere rhetoric. Because, the fatwa is not for such purposes.

I was engaged in the special task force against FGM for the prevention of VVF in Nigeria and I produced multilingual booklets on the eradication of FGM and VVF sponsored by the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)of Seattle, USA. The booklets and video are available from the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM).

I met a young Nigerian graduate who happens to be the highest paid fashion model in Nigeria who still hates the fact that she was circumcised and says the FGM is responsible for her frigidity. But, her parents have no apologies or regrets, because the fact that she is still a virgin at 25 confirms the success of the primary reason for FGM in most tribes in Eastern Nigeria, to contain the libido of the girls and nubile maidens. So, that they won't be promiscuous.

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