Abuja - Civil Society Integrity Forum
(CSIF), an NGO, on Thursday criticised the UN call for the termination of
babies conceived by women who are victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the North
Speaking for the forum at a news conference in Abuja, Mrs Angela Odah,
described UN’s call for abortion as a move to the legalisation of abortion in
She said the babies had equal right to life like every other Nigerians, saying
that the constitution protects them as well.
"We in this forum are very saddened by the call of the United Nations on the
Nigerian government and people to grant compassionate abortion to the pregnant
women and girls.
"We wish to state that indeed the women and girls have endured extreme
dehumanisation, torture, violence and trauma should not be subjected to more
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"Abortion is the deliberate act of killing an unborn baby in the womb of his
or her mother.
"All of us began as innocent, hopeless babies within the serenity and safety
of our mothers’ wombs,’’ she said.
She stated that if a drunken man impregnated a woman does not mean that the
baby so conceived will grow up to become an alcoholic.
"How can we be cajoled to death sentence on the innocent Nigerian babies
simply because their fathers are religious fundamentalists?
"Some of the perpetrators may have been forced into the terror trade through
intimidation, radicalisation, peer pressure, poverty and hopelessness,’’ she
Odah further stated that abortion could lead to breast cancer which the whole
world needed to know, adding "we are supposed to support the victims and
She added that UN was supposed to uphold human rights, equity and justice, and
not in the forefront of a campaign as such which would rather add more pains to
"It is our position that the girls are already traumatised and do not deserve
additional trauma in the form of abortion. We should rather support and show
"Nigeria needs to end the cycle of violence and killings that is why we are calling
on all to join hands in fighting this collectively.
"The circumstance of their conception does not make them less human than we
are and the constitution protects their lives,’’ she added.
Odah, however, called on the government and people of Nigeria not to be swayed
by the comments made by the UN Rights Chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein on the
She equally appealed to families of the victims and all Nigerians to join hands
to perfect the lives of these innocent victims of Boko Haram insurgency.
The news conference was attended by Dr Augustine Ategbole of Prolife Profamily
Initiative; Mrs Christie Uche, Foundation for Family Values and Health
Orientation, and Dr Emmanuel Okechukwu, Action Family Foundation.