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#FranklySpeaking: Jungle Justice & The Fallen Witch. WWJD?





As I drove pass Ajip junction this afternoon, I saw a very visibly agitated crowd almost blocking the road. I slowed down and asked a police traffic warden what the matter was and she explained to me that a witch just fell down while flying from a meeting.

I became angry in my spirit. Another Ignorant mob must have snuffed life out of an innocent woman. 

As I expressed my thoughts with some close Christian friends who were subtly endorsing the action, I asked them one question. Will Jesus endorse this sort of jungle  justice?

This malnourished woman was murdered by an ignorant blood thirsty mob. The only sin she committed was that she looked malnourished. Look at the huge stone by her side and you’d see the shape of that stone on her chest. 

Killers of witch, will Jesus do this? I’m a Christian and I think people who did this are in same mould with Boko haram and Killer Herdsmen. 

If you claim she is a witch and you killed her for doing evil, aren’t you worried that her fellow witches will come for you? If you claim she was flying and fell down, arent you scared that whatever has the ability to fly might also have the ability to revenge? 

Liars !!!

You killed her because you knew she was harmless . 

This woman was murdered by society because she was poor, malnourished and weak and unprotected, ironically why her society should have protected her. 

I ask again, will Jesus do this? 

No sir, The Jesus whom I read about in the bible and acknowledge in my heart will not do this. 

If you claim that you did this in the name of Christianity. You are not a Christian. 

You are just a murderer.

My friend pastor Steward captures it succinctly :
"I am strongly thinking that woman must have been in some hole, some prison, who knows? Trapped, kept by someone or something, starved, Tortured and maybe had finally escaped and found her way out. I am thinking she was simply found lying there and the story of her transforming came up because of what she looked like. No one can clearly describe the transformation claimed. She looks hungry, dried, Tortured, more like a victim. Did anyone care to listen to her? Did she say anything? Did she mutter some words? Or were her attempts to speak drowned by shocks and shouts? Did she just show up half dressed and naked and no one thought she must have been sexually abused? No autopsy? Just plain conclusion of witchcraft?

This isn't the gospel we were sent to preach. Humans falling from the sky? I find it hard to believe. I have examined the pictures. I see hunger, trauma, torture, abuse and the cold death of someone who might have thought she had finally crawled her way to life. You don't have to take my thoughts, but that's the way I think. Everyone has a story about her, but has anyone heard her story?



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But one question I'd like to ask you guys, I know where FS stands, but do you believe that these individuals are really witches? These incidents happen quite often in different parts of Nigeria and the story always goes the same way; bird falls from the sky or a tree or a poll or something up up sha, and lands on the ground as a ravaged old woman like the one in the picture above, they always look like this...

Do such things really exist?




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Comments

  1. I have no comment at this time .
    A Girl

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  2. Jazz is real! Witches and witch doctors exist! This is Nigeria. It's cool to try to rationalize bizarre occurrences but that doesn't take away the fact that occultic black magic is real..

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  3. Actually while I'm not going to categorically deny the existence of witches, I've learnt recently that a lot of depressed individuals have feelings of guilt which leads them to confess to sins they didn't commit. Particularly older depressed individuals. Mental illness goes grossly underdetected in our society and most people will rather attribute a religious claim to a medical one. I hear testimonies in church were people say that God reversed the evil report of the Dr... Lol. Medically speaking, this woman probably has a form of psychosis or even dementia with secondary depression. Maybe I should write a post. The ignorance about mental illness in this part of the world is baffling and should be unlearned little by little. So ttb people, not every old woman confessing to something is a witch, not every 'mad' person as done something for which he has repercussions. Mental illnesses are as medical as malaria. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you Iyanu!!! I keep saying that mental health issues are not taken seriously in Nigeria at all!!!
      I believe in the healing power of God but I also believe the power of knowledge. The Bible says my people PERISH for lack of knowledge. Ignorance is a killer and it has never even been an excuse
      Ephesians 4:18 “They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.” This aptly describes the people that perpetuated this act

      We need more awareness and like you said "unlearn" the superstitions and sentiments.

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    2. Good one there Iyanu. Sadly, the churches are very guilty in the education and awareness on mental health issues. Most pastors would say the person is being tormented by demons and they go ahead to prescribe some dummy recipe of fasting and prayers.
      The more I think about it, the more I lose faith in this society or ours. Too many things are so wrong, lives are distorted daily.

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  4. But why don't these whiches fly 'in the abroad' and fall down while on a mission and thier flying gas finishes like we always see in Naija thou? Yes we know that there are witches and Naija has a handful of them, but I think its ignorance, illiteracy and wrong orientation that causes this. And our clerics are not even helping matters when all they keep praying about is all flying whiches die by fire! We need sensitization and emancipation from this. This is part of the mental slavery affecting Africans that we talking about.

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    1. I practically saw one woman looking exactly like this in a Subway... This is not a joke, and she was begging for money.

      So from this 'existential reality', I think she's a witch as well oh...*sigh* life as we know it.

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  5. I couldn't read to the end
    This is just heartbreaking


    *QuirkyMoi*

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  6. Sherlock Holmes... Is a nice movie

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  7. Terrible news . Nigerians and ignorance . This is how people are murdered innocently . Does it mean witches don't enter rich peoples body?

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  8. Well she didn't confess, or did she. I heard a bird fell, a young boy came to it, and next thing...

    'You killed her because you knew she was harmless . 

    This woman was murdered by society because she was poor, malnourished and weak and unprotected, ironically why her society should have protected her.' I sha don't agree, but strenght no dey. 

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  9. All this flying witch stories always originates from the south western part of naija expecially Lagos and ogun state. For me I think this witches are more spiritual than physical.

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