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Cultism in Educational Institutions in Nigeria

Causes, possible solutions and counseling implications.

Nigeria educational institutions are beset by many kinds of cancerous problems like cultism. Perhaps, this is one of the prices Nigeria has to pay for it efforts at developing its human and material resources. It is against this background that this paper x-rayed possible causes, and consequences of cultism in educational institutions of learning in Nigeria. Also, some suggestions/solutions and counseling implications to cultism are made.

Cultism

That education is a crucial factor in the social, economic, political and technological development of a nation is not in doubt. And Thompson (2000) strongly believes that “the greatest asset to any society is her citizens and their various abilities”. These abilities can be acquired through quality education. Imogie (2002) noted that no nation can rise above all the quality of its educated citizenry. Unfortunately, despite all concerted efforts by the federal government to provide its citizens with quality education, the reverse is the case. Nigerian educational institutions are beset by many cancerous problems. Undoubtedly, one of such social vices confronting Nigerian institutions today is cultism.

There is hardly no academic session without reported cases of cultism in most Nigerian institutions. In fact, there is hardly no single Nigerian institutions of higher learning that has not experienced this menace of cultism. Over a decade and half hundred of souls have been to an early grave through the nefarious and nocturnal activities of these cultists. From the university of Ibadan through University of Maiduguri, down to Port Harcourt where cultists were currently holding sway, the length and breath of the nation seem to be under the siege of cultism.

The presenter at this point would want to explain what secret cults are. According to Tijani (2005), secret cults are those organizations whose activities are known to members only. They are signs and symbols that may not make any meaning to outsiders. They engage in nocturnal activities like initiation ceremonies, and meetings that involve blood oath taking.

Chambers 21st century Dictionary (1999) defined secret cult as something which is popular and regarded as particularly significant by a certain group of people: a fashion, craze or fad. Oxford advanced Learners dictionary defines cultism as a system of religious worship especially one that is expressed in rituals.

In summary, cultism can be defined as a ritual practice by a group of people 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. Inside its practices are music and dance.

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  1. jossy

    On April 23, 2008 at 1:35 pm


    right, the article is cool,

  2. Dr. Bridget Nwanze

    On May 25, 2008 at 3:06 pm


    Your article is interesting and informative. Illustrations and other forms of visuals will certainly futher enhance the article. Well done.

  3. leo

    On October 2, 2008 at 9:05 am


    what are the causes,effect and solution.

  4. I WAS A CULTIST

    On November 23, 2008 at 5:10 pm


    I BELIEVE IT WOULD BE VERY DIFFICULT TO STOP CULSTISM IN NIGERIA FOR SO MANY REASONS. ONE OF THE REASONS ARE: MOST PARENTS ARE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY INVOLVED IN CULTISM. IT GOES ON AND ON LIKE THAT. SECONDLY, I LAUGH WHEN HEAR PEOPLE SAY GOVERNMENT IS BRINGING OUT MONEY TO FIGHT CULTISM.LOL. I WOULD RATHER ASK THIS QUESTION? WHICH GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL IN NIGERIA TODAY DOES NOT BELONG TO A CULT? LET US BE SINCERE TO OURSELVES. WHENEVER THERE IS AN ELECTION IN NIGERIA, THE SO CALLED GOVERNMENT PEOPLE FIGHT CULTISM BRINGS OUT SO MUCH MONEY TOTO EMPLOY CULTISTS TO WORK FOR THEM. NIGERIANS DECEIVE THEMSELVES ALOT. WHO IS NOT A CULTISH IS MY QUESTION?? OBASANJO, ATIKU,YARADUA, AND ALL OUR SO CALLED LEADERS ARE ALL OCCULT MEN. CHARITY BEGINGS AT HOME. WHEN THE HEAD IS BAD EVERY OTHER PART OF THE BODY IS BAD. WE HAVE TO START FROM THE TOP.

  5. gil

    On December 25, 2008 at 9:19 am


    u must be a member of one confrat and other to avold oppression. i was a member of buccanners of association to avoid opression from other system.

    i,m pround to be a sealord even i don’t take part any longer but i,m still pround to be a member and i never regreat to be a sealord.

  6. thomas cro

    On January 23, 2009 at 11:21 am


    in our institutions we have the civilians and the military just like in the real world.and we all know that it is the military that runs things in our society.

  7. 2shut

    On February 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm


    my name is adeniran olaide i am a student of fedraladoekiti my own coment is that government should provide adequate secuirity 4 many institution and thrir should be law discilpline unmder constitution of nigerial thank

  8. kclaybaba

    On March 7, 2009 at 9:32 am


    i am an airlord(eiye)and i ve never regret 2b one,but i ve a dream, i dreamt and saw a dinner table where the leaders of every confraternity sits and share ideas.i love ur article.

  9. amisco

    On June 20, 2009 at 11:57 am


    I AM NOT A MEMBER AND WILL NEVER BE A MEMBER. WITH GOD ALMIGHTY EVERYONE IS PROTECTED.

  10. jerry210

    On July 10, 2009 at 7:23 pm


    Really and truely i see nothing wrong in being a confra. Dont get me wrong the deal is what are your aims and priorities.
    If you bad you are there\’s no two words for qualifying you. The fore-founders had goals,but these days is different most youths lost focus and act-up. Am a member of black Axe but thatz not a reason for to wanna harm somebody or put fellow humanbeing in harms way. I dont strike nobody with an axe if he/she has done me no harm, when i was still in school in nigeria i dine and wine with cult men of falour, substance and intellegence. Men of various occultic orientation it didnt change who i was or what am rather not what am gonna be.
    My word to ignorants out there is to think of every action they make, choose one life or death. My friends out there lets start thinking of bettering the mother AFRICA,letz begin by channelling our focus into promoting unity and moving forward into a continent.letz stop wasting talentz and resources.
    Am sorry guyz am just seizing this opportunity to express my point of view. GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

  11. Don Gofieli

    On July 12, 2009 at 5:11 pm


    The only thing that will make me join any fraternity is wealth. Any circle that have the power to make me wealthy is where I want to be. I don’t belong to any confra though but if there is anybody that is enjoying such wealth, he should try and link me. I don’t care the consequence becos that seem to be the system of the day in Nigeria

  12. sulie ola

    On July 13, 2009 at 7:31 am


    CULTISM IS A SIN AGAINST GOD.Anyone who goes into it should know dat he/she is not only endangering his life but also preparing for a horrible eternity….olasulie@yahoo.com.

  13. omolovely

    On September 2, 2009 at 6:27 am


    MY NAME:IS OMOLOVELY FROM EDO STATE AUCHI.
    I WAS A MEMBER OF JURIST CONFRANTANITY ONE OF THE MOST DREDED CULT IN EDO STATE.I RENOUNCED MY MEMBERSHIP DUE TO UNFORSEEN REASONS I SINCERELY ADVISED YOU OUT THERE TO DEVIEAT FROM SECRET CULT ACTIVITIES IS EVIL

  14. tunde

    On December 24, 2009 at 7:20 am


    my name is tunde,am a member the of supreme eiye confraternity and am proud of it though i know is a sin against God but i can never hurt a human,what i don’t understand is why we are killing our self.your site is good let more people know about it.

  15. jenny

    On February 2, 2010 at 2:36 am


    cultism is something detestable to jehovah peiriod…………..deutronomy 18 vs 10-12. speak bout it……….

  16. fati

    On April 2, 2010 at 6:49 am


    may Almighty Allah guide and protect us…cultism is very bad therefore individuals should abscorn from it….the article is great.

  17. itunu

    On April 10, 2010 at 1:14 pm


    i do love d article,i thank the writer.

  18. Paparazi

    On April 18, 2010 at 6:27 am


    Am a student of Anambar state university uli(ANSU). Cultism is evil pls my broder’s stop it God is aganist it, wat of our girls dis days they also memeber of various cult group of which deir men use dem in operating PLS my broders & sists confr is EVIL & a SIN stop it

  19. Zainab Elzeems

    On May 12, 2010 at 3:18 am


    i love this article, though am using it for my assignment.

  20. kofoworola

    On June 11, 2010 at 8:52 am


    i love dis article, its great. PLS youths lets abtain from CULTISM, its against d will of GOD & there is an impending everlasting doom that awaits CULTISTS. Wat about that?

  21. LARY, UNN

    On June 13, 2010 at 5:46 pm


    I AM A 1ST YR STD OF UNN. D ARTICLE IS GR8T. IT HAS HELPED M DO MY TERM PAPER ON CULTISM. I LUV AND PROMISE 2 REASON ALONG WIT D AUTO. I HAIL GR8T NAIJA YUTH WHO STAND AGAINST CULTISM 4 LIFE!

  22. Lapuma, ABU Zaria

    On June 18, 2010 at 9:36 am


    wow! i love this article, i’m using it 4 my assignment

  23. sannyanne

    On June 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm


    name is sandra. the article is super and it is helping me do my termpaper. it is an eyeopener and i thank God for you.

  24. uchman

    On June 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm


    cultism,as a member of neo black movement,u must raise ur 147…dodorima

  25. ivor Ogidefa

    On June 22, 2010 at 8:50 am


    everybody is using my write up for assignments, i hope you guys will acknowledge the writer-lol!

  26. Michael

    On June 23, 2010 at 3:14 am


    Cultism is a menance to the society, there is nothing good about it, this article has helped me do my term paper,I HAVE some words 4 people that is encouraging cultism,dont regret death when u die through cultism,and stop deceiving young dudes who dont wan2 be a member.

  27. jerry

    On July 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm


    my childhood friend was killed by an enemy cult group.frendz,cultists are bizzare and hell bound except they repent nd accept Jesus as their personal lord and saviour now

  28. daniel

    On December 10, 2010 at 7:46 am


    I really think cultism is very bad and going to have stronger ground in this country if care is not taken, and to prevent it we all have to pray to God to help us change the mind of everybody involved including the leaders to put a barn on cultism

  29. Churchill(imo)

    On January 8, 2011 at 5:35 am


    The first knowledge of every evil, should always come from the right source.most parents assumes a lot, they do not counsel their ward before sending them to the word, such ward may get his first knowledge of cultism from the wrong source and you know what it means.once in you hardly come out.

  30. A Square

    On January 22, 2011 at 11:30 am


    Hi, I populaly kno as A square. Be a cult memb is not bad if u ar not engaged in killn and drinkn nther’s peoples blood if it using in protectn once life

  31. Shams

    On February 20, 2011 at 4:20 am


    My own personal beleif over this cultism is dt cultism can never be eradicated from our educational system or economy at large. Because many of our leaders or politicians used them as thurggery to intimidate oppositions during and after election. I know many Governors in Nigeria that his aides are EYE. Gbenga Daniel of ogun is No. 1 of them. All men-in-black that foollows him are EYE. There is almost no political office seeker that did not belong. This pple have strong back and finance from govt. it is very difficult to eradicate cultist from our system

  32. kiggs

    On March 28, 2011 at 11:58 am


    remember everyone must dye one day. So were do you want to spend enternity, heaven or hell. Cultism was met to bring change but our youth of today has change it into an evil act..the number of death recorded due to cultism is enormous..if you say you are proud to be a cultist remember people have lost their lives because of cultism and some have made it without cultism, so consider youself lucky. God is giving an opportunity to repent. I know Wole Shoyinka regrets forming cultism. Please lets eradicate cultism in Nigeria

  33. Chimere, UNN

    On May 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm


    tanx all ur views and comments so great and wonderful. I think cultist shuld patronize dis page more. Thank you for the help and let us all stand up against cultism because its not the way out but instead it leads to destruction. Thanx.

  34. Zul

    On July 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm


    God help those who help themselves. So my ocult broda’s nd 6ters i pray u all should change 4 gd nd better one day.

  35. karlmy

    On October 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm


    i was a german until my friend took my place of death when we are on fight with ayes. i have denouced because thier is no gane rather it will bring you sorrows.

  36. love

    On October 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm


    well as for me i was in my second year in college of education ekiadolor which was the year 2005 i stopt my school all in the name of cult guys fighting everyday i develop heart problem and that makes me drop out of school and am suprise to hear that they are still fighting till now GOD of mercy pls have mercy in my cuntry nigeria na wa oh

  37. Narrow.Abddinho

    On October 24, 2011 at 8:34 am


    wel if u say cultism is gud 4u continue. If u say u wil go d way God, datz d best 4low His way 2get eternal lyf. Wat eva wil favour U do it

  38. Borax

    On November 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm


    Yawa most rugged.german rule! Den iz d end tink cuz i ve tut.shun cultism it kills

  39. Dayo

    On March 27, 2012 at 7:02 am


    My name is HELP US,well known in ekiti institutions,cultisim should be reshape by each cult groups,they should stop killing themselves,instead engage in fighting against oppression,face there studies…cultisim can only be controlled or manage it.cultisim is evil,but it can be managed..i preach to all the cultist all over the nation,stop the killings,love ur brothers as your self,no matter the rivals,God bless u.s.

  40. isaac

    On April 15, 2012 at 12:13 am


    my name is Isaac student of delta state polytechnic otefe oghara,
    am a member the of supreme eiye confraternity and am proud of it though i know is a sin against God but we done hurt any person any God fearing person,

  41. Adewale (hsn Galaxy)

    On June 9, 2012 at 4:00 am


    I adewale, hs name Galaxy of the supreme eiye confraternity, i pronunce publicly dat cultism is evil. Shun it brodas and who ever said he/she will not desist 4rm it lyv dem, by d tym d person most deared 2 dem is or are killed dae won\’t be told b4 dae wil stop. Cultism is bad, 4 dose dat r in already jj wil save us and we will all fly 2 succes and 4 dose dat r not yet in DON\’T JOIN it\’s evil. No going back open d chamber patapata. Hbk may we fly save. Attah

  42. british lady

    On September 25, 2012 at 3:52 pm


    thanks for the article. i am using it for exam.

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