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Nigerian Child-Witch Finder’s Supporters Speak

Always nice to get a bit of feedback:

I have just taken pains to read your confusion which u conly try to put togetherto deceive the world…you are the number 1 liar in the world… I have no time to waste on cyber murderers like you but i hand you over to god who will judge…GOD BLESS YOU…

And here:

You are wicked, crooked, crafty, poisonous, and dangerous to women in general…If not what connection does it have with your subject matter but just to show your in-depth hatred for God’s vessel, you connected it so as to disgrace her and make your money and gain cheap popularity.

Plus:

This is to inform you that you know you cannot defend what you are insinuating. Your interest is in the money you make out of NGO and your cliques…

And now:

You are trying to delve into what you do not know, so that you will recieve unnecessary applause…

Now, you see Richard, only SMALL and FOOLISH minds spend enormous amount of their time talking about what they don’t know about others. But Richie dear, why don’t you grow up? I’d like to talk to you when you do. Ordinarily, I don’t spend prescious time talking with unreasonable minds. Please, on a serious note, GROW UP!

The authors are defenders of Helen Ukpabio, a Nigerian evangelist known for promoting the idea that children can be witches – two of the comments apparently come from members of her faimily. The writers are all upset with my blog entry on Ukpabio from December last year, in which I suggested that Ukpabio’s activities have helped to whip up a hysteria, with unhappy consequences. They assure me:

She preaches the word of God and ministers to people wihout even touching them because they are always too many. Adult’s witches, male and females come to her confessing that they are witches and wizards. Begging her, to please deliver them. Parents bring their self confessed witchcraft children begging her to deliver them. The counselling sessions are free a thing you can never see in UK or Europe. Deliverance is completely free without even collecting offering during such deliverance sessions…Many children have been abandoned in the church, without her knowing the parents she takes them up trains them and makes the church to care for them without attracting the press. She has a child rescue foundation which she does under the church to help restore wandering children who come to her back to their parents.

and:

I have personally come in contact with a child witch in my extended family who publicly made confessions on her witchcraft involvements and why the mother was getting sick to death and equally explained how the mother could be set free. When the conditions she gave were met, the mother was rescued. I was not told. I was there!

You are trying to delve into what you do not know, so that you will recieve unnecessary applause. Even when I know that children can be witches, I have never heard that Helen ever labelled a child ‘witch’. I have, on the other hand, heard of several children who were labelled witches by their own parents, and Helen reprimanded the parents for labelling the children witches just because they were stubborn at home. This is in fact, a very little I can tell you about Helen as a publisher. I’ll advice you read our KINGS VIEW WORLD CHANGERS magazine that carried the heading, WHO IS THIS HELEN UKPABIO?

They also connect me with an activist opposed to all this, a certain Kelli Stowe. I’d never heard of her before, although I now see she runs a heartfelt blog, called Children of Nigeria. Stowe put a petition on Care 2 opposing Ukpabio’s “Liberty Foundation”; Ukpabio’s supporters responded with a “STOP KELLI STOWE FROM TRAMPLING ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF AN ENTIRE NATION (NIGERIA), LIBERTY FOUNDATION” counter-petition. Stowe responded to that with a counter-counter-petition.

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(Picture from Children of Nigeria)

UPDATE: The Lagos Daily Independent carries an interview with Ukpabio, in which she denounces the work of Sam Ikpe-Itauma, who runs an NGO that looks after children accused of being witches. In a semi-coherent rant, Ukpabio calls on the government to ban such “fake NGOs”, which she claims are under the control of “Europeans” who are “coming to feed on Africa”. She also tells us that those who have made complaints about her to the state govenor of Akwa Ibom are “stupid”, because

…their people shoot Nigerian children on the street, in the shop, in the supermarket, in schools. There is no week that they don’t shoot blacks. The black people that don’t have money to make a case are never heard.

She also explains the nature of witchcraft:

In my own ministry I don’t label people witches, witches look for me. They come because they want to be delivered, adult, very old, young, married, lecturers, even doctors…

A witch is anybody that can practice any of these acts voodoo, sorcery and magic. It is broad. But in Africa you can practice it without knowing that it is a craft because it is a spirit. When this spirit enters a human spirit, the spirit reacts at night. It is not the human being that willingly wants it, but you see yourself doing that, and people come and say please ma, I attended witchcraft meeting. Now, these are not babies…God anointed me specifically because of the works of witchcraft, how the craft penetrated the church and were killing pastors.

UPDATE: More today.

16 Responses

  1. Drat! You make me so jealous when you get cool hate mail like that. I do my best to tick off fools and morons, and yet I never get any ridiculous email the way you do! Curse you!

  2. […] blogged on Ukpabio last year, and just a few days ago I noted the abusive comments I had received from her followers, including from readers who identified […]

  3. I watched this programme and am very open minded and quite a spiritual person myself. I actually do not feel anyone in this programme is acting wrongly.

    The people in this programme act upon faith and faith in their heads can never be wrong. I would like to question helen though… If faith branded her as a child murderer condemned to hell…if faith branded her as an ‘isolated’ case…Someone that everyone thought should be murdered or torchered…would she believe this to be true or would she stand her ground and say she is worthy of life and respect?

    Helen, I work in a school for children who could be branded as having witchcraft, as they do not act in accordance to society. However, rather than brand them as evil we give those children a chance to learn. We embrace their differences and understand their behaviours. Putting children in to a category of witches or wizards is like playing god. No human being has the right to play god. Humans may feel they are doing as god wishes…but are they?

    The only way to truly know is through experiencing change. Society can condition us into thinking we know it all when we are truly naive (even though we feel we are doing things with the best of intentions). Anyone close to god or who is in a point of management or influence will always question their practice…I urge helen to question her practice and gain an ultimate conclusion through experience… If Helen, you feel so convinced you are right…visit uk…come here for a year and see how you feel at the end of it.

  4. […] J.K. Rowling. Ukpabio’s supporters have left similar defensive rants on this blog, as I noted here. And as for the Biblical basis of child witchcraft, I can show you and teach you many places in the […]

  5. Helen Ukpabio is a criminal. She is an inciter and supporter of mass murder. She and all those associated with this child witch mess should be arrested and charged with gross child abuse, endangerment of children and murder of children, then they should be put in KiriKiri and the key can go in the sea.

    I am so disgusted I don’t know what to say. This is not the Nigeria I know and love.

    • Hi Sugabelly,

      I’m so glad you haven’t been brainwashed with Helen Ukpabio’s rants. She is a perfect example of a person who put her own status of power and greed before a childs life. She is willing to condem a child to torture for her own wellbeing. There are now group formed all over the world that are working to bring Helen Ukpabio down to her knees where she belongs. How can she sleep at night knowing there are little children being tortured because of the words that come out of her mouth. If she was a women of god she would be horrified about was she has done but she just keeps doing it cause she wants more money and status.

      She is truely evil!

    • She is so evil it defies all logic. Africa must move forward but with peope like this spouting God’s word incorrectly God help us.

      Heln should be arrested and tried for murder because that what it is plain and simple. Those who claim they are Christians and followers of her fake church, please read, mull over and interpret God’s own words for yourself. His word is about love love love!!!

  6. Hello again,

    Just wanted to inform you that I have just recently created another petition to help the children. Please consider signing.

    Demand A Law To Stop The Labeling Of Children As Witches petition

    ~ Thank you ~

  7. […] to comments I had received before the programme went out from one pastor’s supporters, denouncing me as “wicked, crooked, crafty, poisonous, and dangerous to […]

  8. […] blogged on Ukpabio a few times in the past; feedback from her supporters and family includes the suggestions that I am a “cyber murderer”, […]

  9. Thankyou x for publishing this because it has helped me d omy human rights public speaking debate x !!!! thankyou x

  10. I watched Helen Ukpabio on 4 corners last night here in Australia. How sad and evil you are!

    This woman is a money hungry scam artist of the worst kind and she should be put before the Crimes against Humanity tribunal and charged with mass torture of children.

    She has certainly incited hate against children and she is evil.

    People like this have a sense of great self worth and think they are a prophet.

    I am sorry to tell you Helen Ukpabio, you are a ‘profit’, money hungry person whom in time, will only be remembered along the lines of Hitler.

  11. […] on the subject either (in particular here, here, and here), and some wonderfully florid insults have been received (“You are wicked, crooked, crafty, poisonous, and dangerous to women in general”, […]

  12. […] after, she was nearly killed by a mob. However, Ukpabio has many supporters, some of whom have left abusive comments on this blog from my previous postings on the subject. The new Channel 4 documentary shows how her […]

  13. […] I posted a previous press release on this ridiculous law-suit here, and on some of here other legal antics here; she has also promised to pursue the makers of the Channel 4 documentaries about her work, including the actress who narrated them. Her supporters have also sent me some imaginative  insults. […]

  14. […] contains the kind of bluster and abuse that we’ve seen before, but what’s more surprising is that it also contains extremely crude sexual comments […]

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