Being Text message of a Daily news Presented by simply Mr Ben Oguntuase, NAS Capone with the Anti-Cult Week Symposium organized by the College or university of Lagos on Thursday, November a few, 1999 This Anti-Cult week marks another important step towards dealing with one of the contemporary challenges facing advanced schooling in Nigeria. The problems from the violence associated with “cultism in higher establishments reached a climax with all the cruel bataille of five students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife inside the early hours of September 10.
I could say authoritatively that the pattern towards conspiracy violence were only available in the early 1980s.
I believe the first cult-related violent death occurred in 1984. It is not breathtaking of us being a nation that this took over twelve to fifteen years because the violence started and nine years considering that the Pyrates Confraternity raised a national burglar alarm on the craze before the country decided to rise to the concern and manage the problems. Nevertheless , under the circumstances, it is better later than hardly ever.
In this regard, I praise the organisers of the conference and sincerely hope that cement steps will probably be taken hereafter to take on this problem once and for all. We really have zero choice on this. OAU must be the very last! I have been asked to provide a perspective on “cultism in Bigger Institutions andd how to deal with their associated concerns. I hope that this topic is definitely not designed by the organisers to signify student cultism is bad, while non-student cultism is good. What is certainly obvious to my opinion is that there is certainly at present simply no national meaning of the term “cultism.
What I can see from the general public is that fraternity equals cultism. Another hue of model could deservingly say that fraternity plus physical violence equals cultism. I will attempt to define and distinguish between the 2 terms in this paper. Let me also make an effort to provide a few insight into the organisations all of us call students’ cults and suggest cement ways to manage the physical violence associated with all of them. I will also be informing you of steps already delivered to ensure a permanent end to this type of physical violence in all our higher corporations of learning.
Finally for this preamble, allow me to state evidently that whatever is said in this conference is done in good faith and with the overriding objective of terminating a menace, not to destroy or perhaps castigate anyone willfully. Anyone who may be genuinely offended by what I say here today is hereby requested to take it as being in the interest of area, the future of the youths plus the protection with the dignity and integrity of your higher organizations of learning which no doubt have been defiled.