In an average African setting, Witchcrafcy is seen as one of the major hindrances to people’s growth and misfortunes. Most of the witchcraft stigmas are often banished from the community they held from or keenly placed aside in community’s projects or welfare scheme. It is on this background that a group called Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AFAW) has come out boldly to say witchcraft does not exist and that its concept is nothing but a myth.

During an exclusive interview with news Men, Mr. Leo Igwe, leader of the Advocate for Alleged Witches, disclosed that the act of killing women and children under the guies that they are witches is barbaric and inhumane and must be optimally abolished. He added that witchcraft and other forms of harms believed to have been caused by occultic activities are based on hearsay and misinformation, panic and anxieties, 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 which 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,”
He said.

He further stated that Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AFAW) has made positive agenda settings to ensure that this human right violation in this context will be curtailed in its lowest minimum in our contemporary society.