The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AFAW) has said that witchcraft does not exist and that the concept is a myth.
Dr. Leo Igwe, Chief Executive Officer of AFAW, told PM News in an interview that persecution of alleged witches should stop, lamenting that there had been several cases children and women suspected to be witches were brutally killed in Nigeria and in some parts of Africa.
He added that witchcraft and other forms of harms believed to have been caused by occultic activities are based on misinformation, fear, and superstition.
“AFAW uses a secular, humanist, skeptical and human rights approach to examine witchcraft narratives and address related abuses. Our campaign is founded on the principles that witchcraft is a myth and an imaginary crime that no one commits.
“It is founded in the principles that attributions or causing harm through occult means are based on hearsay and misinformation, panic and anxieties, fear and superstition.
“Witch persecution, killings, and trials are forms of human rights abuses that should not be tolerated in the name of religion, culture or tradition. I urge all Africans as well as none Africans, including all Africans in the diaspora to join efforts with us to achieve this important objective,” Igwe said.