In almost every tertiary institution of learning in Nigeria, there is hardly any academic semester without cult clashes and related activities, often leading to the death of students and at times lecturers. Even records have it that as at September 2003, at least not less than 5,000 persons including students and lecturers have been killed in cult-related violence. Cultism has continued to be a very embarrassing problem facing tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
According to Wikipedia, there are over 90 different cult groups on campuses in Nigeria, with each perpetrating its nefarious acts to cause mayhem on campuses. Academic calendars of tertiary institutions are constantly disrupted because of cult clashes which end up bringing academic activities to a halt abruptly. Even worse still, lots of students, who could have contributed meaningfully to the nation’s growth, have encountered untimely death because of the desire by some persons who think they are free to do anything they want on campus without anybody or authority to question them. As a matter of fact, the possible effects of the continued clashes of cultists cannot be completely exhausted as they increase on a daily basis.
A key feature of these confraternities is the fact that they keep their activities secret and they have different forms of attires and symbols or signs which they use in self-branding. In addition, cultists carry out their activities at the dead of the night but in recent times, they have grown more barefaced. Also, their meetings are often held at bizarre places like thick bushes around campuses, uncompleted buildings, cemeteries, graveyards and others.
Hence, in an article entitled “Menace of cultism in Nigeria tertiary institution: the way out”, Haastrup Ekundayo et al, defined cultism as “a ritual practice by a group whose membership, admission, policy and initiation formalities as well as their mode of operations are done in secret and kept secret with their activities having negative effects on both members and non-members alike.” Read ful details http://thenationonlineng.net
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