Nigerian Governor Claims ‘Witches’ Filed Court Case Against Government

Governor Udom Emmanuel said the Akwa Ibom state government has been taken to court for “witches” for building a Christian worship center in the state. The multi-billion naira worship center that is ongoing in oops it has been criticized by many who felt the money would have been better used to address the many development needs of the oil-rich state. But Mr. Emmanuel has always argued that it was necessary for Akwa Ibom, “as a state that bears the name of God, to build a temple for God. “All (the) witches and wizards got together and took me to court that we are building a Christian Worship Center,” the governor said Saturday in a media chat that was broadcast live on radio and television. The show was also broadcast live on Facebook. “They say they are atheists. The case is in court, we beat them but they have appealed,” added the governor. Emmanuel, who recently selected one of his cabinet members as his preferred successor in the 2023 gubernatorial election, was responding to a reporter’s question if God really revealed his successor to him as he claimed. While answering the question, he took a detour to talk about how the “witches” sued him and the government. “The communication between a leader and God is different from what anyone else would see or understand, people must understand that,” Emmanuel said of God “revealing” who should succeed him as governor. The governor’s comment about “witches” seemed to have overshadowed everything else he said about his administration, as several people in the state took to Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms to talk about “witches.” One of Mr. Emmanuel’s assistants, Aniekeme Finbarr, quickly took Facebook to offer clarification to the governor’s statements. Finbarr said Emmanuel was referring to a lawsuit filed by the Nigerian Atheist Society against the Akwa Ibom state government in 2019 to stop the government from building the cult center. The court dismissed the claim and awarded a cost of N500,000 against the atheist society. “It sounds extremely funny, but it’s true. In fact, there are real legal attempts to stop the construction project,” Finbarr said. According to Nigerian criminal lawit is a crime to accuse anyone of being a witch. Akwa Ibom, with some five million people, is predominantly Christian, with many holding superstitious beliefs and attributing almost all events, including poor health, job loss and a failed marriage, to some “evil forces”. The state’s children, mostly from poor families, have been branded as witches, thrown into the streets, while some have been tortured and left to die. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Nigerian Governor Claims ‘Witches’ Filed Court Case Against Government