Nigerian Nightmare

July 31, 2009

The Center for Inquiry's anti-superstition campaign is in full swing. Leo Igwe of the Center for Inquiry/Nigeria is spearheading the effort. He has taken the campaign from Ghana to Nigeria.

On the morning of July 29,2009, Igwe was heading a conference on witchcraft and the rights of children. However, the conference was interrupted by a mob of about 150-200 members of the Liberty Gospel Church, headed by the infamous witch hunter, Helen Ukpabio.

The mob attacked Igwe, broke his glasses and stole his bag, camera, digital phone and other items. But amazingly, the conference was not cancelled.

Igwe was not seriously injured, and he has vowed to carry on. He says the answer to this kind of violence is "seminars, seminars, and more seminars." Similarly, George Ongere of the Center for Inquiry/Kenya says the violence will not deter humanists in Kenya. If anything, it will only make them more committed to eradicating superstition on the African continent.

Humanists throughout Africa and from all over the world have sent Igwe messages of thanks and encouragement. The anti-superstition campaign is an idea whose time has come, and its leaders will not be stopped. 

Comments:

#1 Personal Failure (Guest) on Friday July 31, 2009 at 12:34pm

Dear Ingwe:

You are a savior to innocent little girls whose terrified eyes I will never forget. (If you havent’ seen the videos on youtube about this, you should. You won’t sleep very well afterwards, but you should still watch them.) Please continue in your brave fight against ignorance, misogyny and violence.

#2 Socrates, Jr. (Guest) on Tuesday August 04, 2009 at 6:10am

‘Igwe was not seriously injured, and he has vowed to carry on. He says the answer to this kind of violence is “seminars, seminars, and more seminars.”’

Are the people who persecute witches likely to attend seminars against superstition?

#3 gray1 on Tuesday August 04, 2009 at 12:15pm

A very promising young Christian missionary who was slated to soon begin his work “beyond electricity” in Nigeria recently drowned, apparently being “called home” instead of to Nigeria.  Draw your own conclusions considering the current state of affairs there.

#4 Terry Price (Guest) on Wednesday August 05, 2009 at 8:38pm

Wow, and I thought we got mobbed by Christians. Now I’m jealous.

Seriously though, this is the bravest thing I’ve heard about in a long time. It gives me hope.

#5 Ophelia Benson on Friday August 07, 2009 at 10:55am

Best wishes, Mr Igwe. How can we help?

#6 the chaplain (Guest) on Saturday August 08, 2009 at 7:05am

The mob attacked Igwe, broke his glasses and stole his bag, camera, digital phone and other items.

Ah, yes - good to see those good, old-fashioned Christian ethics at work. I’m glad their god keeps them good. :(

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