CITY NEWS ‘Killing of twins per­sists in FCT vil­lages’

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Ben Atonko & Abubakar Sadiq Isah

De­spite the ad­vent of Chris­tian­ity and Is­lam with the at­ten­dant change in way of life, vil­lages in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) still in­dulge in the old age prac­tice of killing of twins which the Scot­tish mis­sion­ary to Nige­ria Mary Mitchell Slessor abol­ished in the 19th Cen­tury.

The Fed­e­real Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FCTA) has said the killing of twins also called in­fan­ti­cide still oc­curs in some re­mote vil­lages of the FCT.

FCTA Ad-hoc Com­mit­tee on In­fan­ti­cide and Twins-killing took its cam­paign to four area coun­cils of Abaji, Kwali, Gwag­wal­ada and Kuje re­cently.

The FCT Di­rec­tor of In­for­ma­tion and Communications, Mrs. Stella Ojeme, led the three-week ad­vo­cacy cam­paign against the scourge to Yaba, Gul­ida, Go­mani, Tepase, Dawaki, Warambi, Kiyi and Shetuko vil­lages.

The di­rec­tor, who was rep­re­sented at the cam­paign by As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor In­for­ma­tion, Muk­tar Ibrahim, be­rated vil­lagers who still per­pe­trate the act.

Mrs. Ojeme stressed the need for par­ents and guardians to take their chil­dren and wards to school to im­prove their liv­ing stan­dards.

The In­for­ma­tion Di­rec­tor ex­plained that it is un­godly to kill twins who she said are God’s cre­ation and bless­ing to the fam­ily and so­ci­ety.

She said, “They (twins) have a right to live just like any other per­son and should not be judged by the cir­cum­stances of their birth.”

Mrs. Ojeme lamented that the poor child de­liv­ery meth­ods amongst the ru­ral dwellers is one of the ma­jor causes of ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity and there­fore en­cour­aged preg­nant women to avail them­selves of the lib­er­al­ized health care fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided by the FCTA and area coun­cils.

Her words: “Ig­no­rance is largely re­spon­si­ble for such prac­tices among th­ese com­mu­ni­ties, and I urge you the com­mu­nity lead­ers to help spread the com­mit­tee’s mes­sage against in­fan­ti­cide to the peo­ple.”

Leaflets, T-shirts,

face-caps, ban­ners were dis­trib­uted in those com­mu­ni­ties, show­ing the ills of in­fan­ti­cide to the so­ci­ety. Bill­boards were also mounted.

The Ona of Abaji and Chair­man, FCT Coun­cil of Chiefs, Adamu Baba Yunusa, promised that FCT tra­di­tional coun­cil would join the cam­paign to erad­i­cate in­fan­ti­cide, de­scrib­ing the act as anti-so­cial.

The Etsu Kwali, Al­haji Audu Sha­ban Nizazo III, Aguma of Gwag­wal­ada, Al­haji Muham­madu Ma­gaji and the Gomo of Kuje, Al­haju Jib­rin Tanko praised the FCT Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, John Chukwu, for the dili­gent way he has been su­per­vis­ing the FCT af­fairs and pledged the sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion of their com­mu­ni­ties.

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