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Cultism/ Secret Cult.

CULTISM/SECRET CULT.

In ordinary parlance, cultism is a system of religious belief and practice or an ideology. Technically speaking, secret cult can be defined as a group of people who share and propagate peculiar secret beliefs divulge only to members. In addition their initiation procedures often involves secret rituals like swearing by deity, human blood and other procedures which send shivers down the spines of most people.

ORIGIN OF CULTISM/SECRET CULT.

The origin of secret cult could be traced back in 1953 in Nigeria tertiary institution-University college, Ibadan now known as University of Ibadan (UI).It was formed by Nigeria's only Nobel laureate , Prof. Wole Soyinka. Their main objectives include: To abolish conventions.
To revive the age chivalry.
To end tribalism and elitism.
Their ideas were both patriotic and altruistic as it was not imagined as a secret cult, but simply known as the Pyrate confraternity or the National Association of sea dogs.

COMMON EXAMPLES OF SECRET CULT IN OUR INSTITUTIONS.

There are about 45 secret cults in Nigeria institutions of learning, and all are equipped with an elaborate hierarchy, insignia and distinct attire. Some of the most notable of these secret cults group include:

Sea Dogs.
Supreme Eiye Confraternity (SEC).
Black Axe (Aiye).
Vickings (Norse Men).
Daughters of Jezebel.
Amazons.
White Angels.
Black Brassiers.
Buccaneers.
Morphite.etc

CAUSES OF CULTISM/SECRET CULT AMONG THE YOUTHS/STUDENTS.

To gain recognition and popularity.
Lack of proper upbringing by their parents.
Bad association or company.
Poverty.
Fear of the Unknown-To fail examinations, not being intimated by others, lovers rejection.
Broken Home. Etc

EFFECTS OF SECRET CULT

1. It leads to rustication or expulsion of both innocent and guilty students.
2. It leads to outburst of violence on campus which leaves many students wounded, maimed or killed as the case may be.
3. It leads to loss and lack of confidence to the affected students or group.
4. The affected live a life of regrets and pains.
5. Relationship with students, loved ones, parents become bitter, unfriendly or soiled, etc.

CURBING CULTISM IN OUR INSTITUTIONS:

Since we have identified the origin, causes and effects of cultism in our higher institutions of learning, how can this menace be curb through the involvement students? Some of the workable solutions are as follows:
1. The students should be properly counselled on peer group relationship.
2. There should be improved facilities and living conditions on campuses.
3. School authority should disassociate themselves from sponsoring cultist in order to achieve their selfish aims or desires like being the Vice-Chancellor, Head of Department, Dean, etc.
4. The study of guidance and counseling should be imperative in the faculty of law curriculum.
5. Students should be engaged in extracurricular activities; this will help to keep them busy and makes them become useful.
6. Students should develop moral courage to say NO when such offer comes
Since cultism has no positive moral upbringing, benefits or development, let's shun cultism in all totality.





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