Youth and cultism
Cultisim is a major vice which is common in tertiary institutions in Nigeria today. Historically, cultisim started for a good cause but over time its core objectives has changed. The idea has metamorphosed into something evil rearing its ugly head. Today in Nigeria, cultism have caused so much pains and sufferings to families and the society in starck contrast to what it was earlier created for by the founding fathers of pirates, the very fisrt form of cultist group in Nigeria.
Founded in 1952 by seven friends made up of renowned Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Wole Soyinka, Ralph Opara, Pius Oleghe, Ikpehare Aig-Imoukhuede, Nathaniel Oyelola, Olumuyiwa Awe and Sylvanus U. Egbuche who adopted the name “Magnificent 7”, the Pyrates Confraternity went on to become the only confraternity on Nigerian campuses for 20 years.. The first fraternity in Nigeria at the premier University college, Ibadan. Their motto is “To uphold human dignity and maintaining a just and progressive society shorn of discriminatory and unmeritorious considerations”.
Furthermore, cultism is becoming rampant with attendant negative consequences, they have littered the streets, school campuses and they are almost everywhere. In fact, the purpose of its creation at the inception has been defeated. The confraternity membership was made open to every promising student irrespective of race, tribe or religion. There are several other cultist groups such Axe, Aiye, Eye, Black bra, Jezebel etc. Their codes are tough, stringent and cumbersome. Membership is strongly restricted to the brave, bold and mean. Popular saying such as “forgiveness is a sin” does not reflect ethics or moral in any form. Worse still, clashes between these groups often resulted in bloodbath with the use of lethal force.
In addition, cultisim has been causing harm to students in tertiary institutions, to parents at home and negatively affecting the society in general. Cultists apart from wielding lethal weapons, involve in armed robbery, drug peddling, prostitution and electoral malpractices. It has created decadence in the institutions and has infected strongly children outside the campus. Ocultic groups now form enclaves across major cities in the country perpetrating unimaginable social evil. Intimidation, oppression and repression of students has greatly affected academic discipline in higher institutions.
In conclusion, government must take a giant step to forstall the incessant spread of cultists and their scourge. Parents have a serious role to play, they have to make sure the children are properly raised in the way of God. The future of this country is paramount, the youth are the future, we must do the needful to show them the right part.