CULTURE HAVE YOU HEARD HEAT OF THE MOMENT LATEST GIST NEWS SOCIETY GIST WITCHCRAFT MEETING WILL HOLD IN ENUGU – ORGANISERS INSIST DESPITE PROTEST BY CAN AND STUDENTS By Admin Posted on 2 weeks ago 3 min read 0 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Joseph Omoniyi The B.I.C Ijomah Centre for Policy Studies and Research, UNN, Enugu has insisted on holding their witchcraft conference in the state despite the cancellation of the booked venue, energy centre. This is following the protest and campaign by the Christian Association of Nigeria and Christian students in the University against the conference earlier scheduled for 28-31 October. The director of the centre wrote the conference organisers, withdrawing the approval, amidst the opposition by Christian students and the Christian Association of Nigeria against the conference. Although the organisers shocked by the uninformed reaction of Christian students and CAN, claimed that it is a purely academic exercise and not a real meeting of witches and wizards. the organisers insist that they are proceeding as planned and will announce a new venue soon. The Director, Prof. Egodi Uchendu, who made this known said that Nigeria, UNN, Nsukka will not deter them from holding the academic conference. “Freedom of speech is a fundamental human right. CAN and others are free to express their opinions just like we have the freedom to have an academic conference on witchcraft”, Mrs Uchendu. The professor of history added, “I’m delighted that the conference is generating the debate it should across the nation. Nigerians should look critically into the subject of the conference and identify how it’s impeding our national existence and personal experience”. She said the centre is owned by the Federal Government and is domiciled in the UNN. Prof Uchendu said; “UNN DID NOT deny us use of Energy Centre. Energy Centre did. Energy Centre is a Federal organ domiciled in UNN. It’s not controlled by UNN. Their decision to deny us their venue may not even be known to UNN”. The conference on witchcraft has generated controversy since it was announced that it would take place in UNN Nsukka. The conference which is the brainchild of the B.I.C Ijomah Centre for Policy and Research is now expected to hold between November 26 and November 27.