A Catholic priest, Innocent Enweh, said the opening prayer at the conference on witchcraft that began on Monday at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) .
The two-day conference, being organised by Professor B.I.C Ijomah Centre for Policy and Research in UNN, began on Monday after intense opposition.
Various groups, including the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, had kicked against the conference but it still went ahead.
It started with reading of Bible passages alongside the prayer after which the choir of Christ Church chapel, a church located in the university, rendered the opening hymn.
The conference tagged, “Witchcraft: Meaning, factors and practices”, was later renamed to “Dimensions of Human Behaviour”, following a directive from the university vice-chancellor (VC), Charles Igwe,.
In the directive, the school public relations officer, Okwun Omeaku, said the VC directed that the topic be changed “in response to the yearnings of the public that have erroneously misconstrued the ideas behind the choice of the topic.”
It was observed that despite the change of name, the sub-themes of the conference were retained while the deliberations centred on witchcraft.
The vice-chancellor, who was billed to speak at the programme, failed to show up and did not send any representative.