ALAAFIN of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has urged people under his kingdom to stop the practice of Female Genital Mutilation, describing it as a harmful practice.
Oba Adeyemi stated this while playing host to the state Committee on Elimination of FGM in Oyo State in his Palace in Oyo.
The monarch said as culture and tradition was evolving in better and healthy practices, there was the need to do away with practices that could endanger the lives of the people.
A consultant with UNICEF, Aderonke Olutayo ,noted that, effects of female genital mutilation on victims cause pain, suffering and sexual difficulties.
Earlier, state director, National Orientation Agency,(NOA), Oyo State, Dolapo Dosunmu, described Oba Lamidi Adeyemi as a custodian of peace and culture in the country, adding that UNICEF, in collaboration with the federal government was making efforts to ensure healthy living for all, especially women and children.
Mrs. Dosunmu added that female genital mutilation could expose victims to diseases that could bring stigmatization to them in society.