The amazing Leo Igwe has a guest post at Ophelia’s blog about Helen Ukpabio, the Pentecostal preacher most responsible for the horrifying witch hunts in Nigeria, restarting her crusade to hunt yet more “witches” in that country. This stuff is so retrograde it’s shocking. This is the 21st century, right?
The theme of the event is ‘Witches on the Run”. Ukpabio is inviting people to come for “free deliverance”. She qualified the deliverance as free just to create the impression that she won’t be charging any fee, and she would not generate income from it!
The poster has an image of a cat at the background. A cat is locally believed to be a witch’s familiar in the region. The image of this familiar invokes fears and fantasies of impending danger or misfortune in the minds of the local population…
Ukpabio has literally re-launched her witch hunting ministry which is blamed for the menace of child witchcraft allegations and human rights abuses in the region.
For some time now her ministry has been criticized locally and internationally because of its role in fueling witchcraft accusations and related abuses in Nigeria and beyond.
But she appears unrepentant, and unfazed by the criticisms.
A few months ago I discovered the “other” folder on Facebook, where dozens of messages sent to me by people I don’t know had been archived (and I’d never seen them). Three of them were from supporters of Ukpabio telling me what a horrible person Igwe is and how dare I support him! Well I dare. I think he’s a hero. And I’m going to try to bring him to the United States next summer for a speaking tour in the Great Lakes area.