Take for instance the recent case where people attacked traders and farmers for tying the rain, blaming them for drought in the country. It was only the government that intervened. State officials reportedly dismissed the allegations as false and baseless stating that the phenomenon did not exist. It was the state police that came forward and issued a warning after the murder of five bald-headed men in the provinces. The murder was motivated by the superstitious idea that the head contained gold. It was also police in Mozambique that arrested a self-acclaimed prophet for holding seventeen children captive. This prophet recruited children and indoctrinated them using the Bible. He instructed them to disobey their parents and avoid worldly things such as schools and televisions, which he described as satanic.
Leo Igwe is a human rights activist and the founder of the Nigerian Humanist Movement. He was the Western and Southern African representative to IHEU, the International Humanist and Ethical Union. He can be reached by email HERE.
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