Witches’ group commends govt for closing down Evangelical Church

Witches’ group commends govt for closing down Evangelical Church
By Tochi Juliet

The Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AFAW) in Nigeria has commended the Ugandan authorities for closing down an evangelical church in Kampala, the nation’s capital.

The pastor heading the evangelical church was said to have treated people with mental illness through prayer and as such, the Ugandan government shut down the church.

BBC reported earlier that the pastor was arrested by the police while many sick people held at the church were rescued.

Nine of the rescued victims were shackled to metal poles as part of the treatment process, according to BBC.

Advocacy for Alleged Witches AFAW in Nigeria while reacting to the news claimed that many African pastors, in the quest to grow their churches and finances, venture into faith healing.

“Evangelical churches, as well as Islamic centres across Africa, operate faith clinics, prayer camps where they claim to provide healing services for persons with all diseases, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, and even COVID-19.," AFAW said in a statement on Friday signed by its coordinator, Leo Igwe.

The witches group coordinator, Leo Igwe, noted that the situation had worsened due to the lack of affordable health in most African countries, adding that instead of getting their desired healing, the victims end up suffering abuses and further health damage.

The witches group called on the police to arrest pastors and imams claiming to have the power to heal people and close down their churches and mosques.

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