Witchcraft conference holds today at UNN despite opposition •Organisers invite CAN, PFN

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NSUKKA – Organisers of UNN Conference on Witchcraft have insisted that event will go on today as planned.

This contrasts with previous that conference had been cancelled by University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) because of stiff opposition from Christian evangelical groups.

Professor Egodi Uchendu, the convener of the conference, on Monday expressed dismay at the erroneous news that the conference had been called .

According to Uchendu, the gathered from the conference would benefit the and religious their work for the gospel; hence, there is cause for alarm.

She went ahead to invite the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and the general public to the academic session where papers, books and journals on witchcraft would be reviewed and discussed.

A statement from her partly reads: “The subject of the conference is Witchcraft. That’s the topic of the academic engagement and NOT a gathering of witches.

“Church discuss witchcraft regularly and preach against it all the , drawing from their experiences during their training and their ministries. am sure the from this conference and the research findings would assist them their work for the gospel.

“Surprisingly, some , erroneously concluded that only witches can discuss witchcraft. We are not witches. We are professors and scholars who are intrigued by this phenomenon of witchcraft. Our conference is a mere academic discussion where we shall journals, information gathered over the years on the subject matter. That is what scholars do and this should not cause alarm.

“Several of the organisers of this conference are practising born-again Christians who preach the gospel and live by the gospel. am personally aware of the stand of the gospel on witchcraft. Since this is not a gathering of witches by witches, we are also allowed as scholars to discuss such topics. Our conference is all about the advancement of knowledge. The body of Christ generally, including CAN, will also benefit from our findings.

“The conference will hold as scheduled at Princess Alexandria Auditorium and Unity Hall, UNN, at 10:00 a.m. on the 26th of November, 2019

invite CAN, PFN and the entire public to attend this conference so that we can all share knowledge on this topic that is already generating some .” (News Express