A professional circumciser who lives in Ile Ife, Osun state as the Head of Circumcisers, Chief Isaiah Fayomi has practised circumcision for almost 70 years. At a recently-held 2-day media dialogue on Female Genital Mutilation & Cutting, FGM/C, and abandonment, organised by UNICEF in Osogbo, the 83-year-old spoke on how he was actively involved in the practice of female circumcision on girls and women of all ages.
According to Chief Fayomi: “I inherited the practice I met my forefathers doing it and they knew exactly why it was important for females to be circumcised. When I was a young boy, I was circumcised along with my male and female siblings. We were seven in number. I have since been circumcising people regardless of sex or age. I used to circumcise people of all ages, even pregnant women and I did it well until recently we were told not to circumcise females again.
“I stopped female circumcision in the last seven years, but I still circumcise males. My wife has also stopped. No one circumcises females in Ile Ife or in Osun state anymore. In the whole of Ile Ife, Modakeke, Ipoku, Ede, Ikire and environs, I am well-known, because when I circumcise, it heals very fast. People recommend me and I even do home visits. There is no age limit to when a man or woman cannot be circumcised by me. I circumcise the young and old. Later, the Osun state government intervened and I was enlightened about the health hazards to women, I decided to support that female circumcision should be abandoned.”