OP-ED West Africa 

AfAW Salutes Church of Scotland for Acknowledging Harm linked to Witchcraft Accusations

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) salutes the Church of Scotland for taking steps to acknowledge abuses linked to Scotlands historic witchcraft laws centuries ago. At its 2022 General Assembly, the church accepted the motion brought by Rev Prof Susan Hardman that regrets the terrible harm caused to alleged witches in Scotland. AfAW received this news of the Church of Scotlands acknowledgment with much excitement and hope for the future of its campaign to end witch-hunting in Africa. This development marks a significant step in the efforts…

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Nigeria 

Police: Call Ndalile of Mokwa to Order

By Leo Igwe Police should call to order the Ndalile of Mokwa, Muhammad Shaba Aliyu because, according to a local source, he is behind the ongoing clash between Eppa and Etisheshi communities in Niger State. In an earlier incident, Ndalile had opened fire on some protesters who stormed his palace to demand the release of an Etisheshi youth leader that he arrested. Ndalile shot and injured 12 of the protesters. One of them had reportedly died as a result of the injuries. In an attempt to further victimize the leaders…

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Global News OP-ED 

The Treacherous Notion of Insulting Religious Sensibilities

By Leo Igwe I have been campaigning vigorously for the release of Mubarak Bala, who has been jailed for insulting the religious sensibilities of Muslims, some Muslims in Kano. In the past two years, I have engaged the notion of contempt for religion as a crime or an offense that warrants any sanction or penalty. I am of the view that criticizing religions and highlighting their misconceptions, shortcomings and absurdities is a moral and intellectual duty. I have encountered many religious apologists and fence-seaters who have tried to defend the…

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Nigeria 

Police: Bring to Justice Killers of Mgboebuba Nwankwo in Enugu

By Leo Igwe On January 26, an advocate sent a message to the Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) urging it to investigate a case of an alleged witch murder in Awgu in Enugu in Southern Nigeria. The message states: “Please investigate the allegation that a woman was killed as a suspected witch because her husband who lives abroad accused her of being the reason why he dares(sic) not return home anymore, suspected that she killed their son, and her daughter, suspected that she was the reason she could not attract…

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Latest Lifestyle 

To End Witch hunts, Exoticism and Romanticism of African Witchcraft Must Stop

By Leo Igwe Attacks and killings linked to witchcraft beliefs persist in Africa. In Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, alleged witches are subjected to horrific abuses. Unfortunately very little is being done to stop this violent campaign. In fact the world seems not to care about it. This tragic situation is due to a fundamental misrepresentation of African witch hunts by western anthropologists and their African counterparts. Since Evans-Pritchard 1902-1973, African witch hunts have been mischaracterized. Western anthropologists have presented African witch hunts as other than witch hunts…

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Witchcraft Imputation and Cruelty to Animals in Africa

By Leo Igwe The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) condemns the torture, ill-treatment of animals in the name of witchcraft across Nigeria and beyond. As in the case of humans, cruelty to animals linked to witchcraft has largely been ignored and condoned. The belief that witches turn into animals to inflict harm on other human beings and their estate is pervasive in Africa. These animals include cats, dogs, bats, owls, etc. In many societies, black cats and owls are often associated with witchcraft. Due to this superstitious notion, these animals…

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Lifestyle 

Humanists Welcome Public Warning Against Dangerous Activities of Fr Ebere, a. k. a. Fr. E-dey Work

By Leo Igwe Humanists welcome a public warning by the catholic archdiocese of Onitsha against the ‘dangerous’ activities and toxic teachings of Rev Fr Magnus Ebere. A statement signed by the archbishop of Onitsha, Rev Valerian Okeke, described Fr Ebere as a priest of a religious congregation called Society of Divine, who deceitfully sneaked into Nnobi town in Onitsha archdiocese and started “an illegal ministry which he called Cannanland Adoration Ministries(E-dey Work Ministry) without the knowledge of the ecclesiastical authority” and requisite faculties. The archbishop asked the public not to…

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Human Rights Lifestyle 

Two Years of Advocacy Against Witch Persecution in Africa

   By Leo IgweTwo years ago, the Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AfAW) campaign was launched. This initiative was put in place to tackle witchcraft accusations and witch persecution in Africa. Campaign against witch-hunting in the region had too many missing links. AfAW was founded to supply these links, and yes to try and right the wrongs of witch-hunting in Africa. I had objections to how the issue of witchcraft accusations in Africa had been explained and addressed. Over the years misrepresentation of African witchcraft has yielded a mistaken approach to…

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Nigeria OP-ED Opinions 

Police and Investigating Witch-bloodletting in Ebonyi State

By Leo Igwe The case of Okechukwu Nweke, accused of harmful magic and tortured to death in Ezza North in Ebonyi state, has once again demonstrated the incompetence and lack of diligence in the Nigeria police force. This sordid reality is once again manifesting itself. Mr. Nweke was last seen on August 28, 2021. On this day, a lynch mob abducted him, dragged him to the village square where he was severely beaten. Nweke’s was later thrown into the Akadoro river. His body has yet to be recovered. His alleged…

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Lifestyle Nigeria 

Knowledge, Understanding, and Interfaith-Belief Dialogue in Nigeria

By Leo Igwe As delegates from faith and no faith communities are preparing to meet and dialogue in Abuja, it is pertinent to emphasize some of the virtues of two-way communications. Dialogue is important in ameliorating tensions between persons or communities that hold divergent views, opinions, and beliefs because diversity could be a source of division. Too often different views breed tension, suspicion, and conflict. But dialogue happens and can happen when parties are willing to talk and communicate as equals. Dialogue happens when parties are ready to set aside…

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