FGM has now been banned in Nigeria

SHAFAQNA - Justine Greening, the UK Secretary of State for International Development, endorsed the decision on Friday.

She tweeted: “Nigeria banned FGM this week. Fantastic news and a landmark moment. We are now one step closer to ending this harmful practice. #EndFGM.”

Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, tweeted that the decision was a “victory for gender equality”, while J. Peter Pham, the director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, has been reported as saying the passing of the Act sent a “powerful signal” not only within Nigeria, but across Africa.

Mr Pham said the impact of Nigeria’s decision on the continent could not be overestimated.

Support for the decision quickly spread across Twitter.

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