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Updated on July 12, 2009


Cultism seems to be a cynosure of all eyes due to its dreadful aura. Cultism has created an unhappy state of affairs and in view of its malignant and baneful claws, the march towards academic excellence among youths seem punctuated by danger.

What is Cultism really all about?

According to Rev Dr Okere in his paper “secret Societies and us”, cults include those groups in which “the membership, transactions, their ultimate aims, their modes of operation generally are kept secret—a secret protected by terrible oaths, to help members and if necessary, to the detriment of non members”

Secret societies today ring the bell of violence, bloodletting, injustice, wanton quest for riches and a catalog of other vices. There are very many secret societies in our campuses today with very many different titles. Among them are “the Ku Klux, AMORC, Odd Fellows, Reformed Ogboni Fraternity, The Black Axe, The Black Beret, The Temple of eden, the Trojan Horse, The Mafioso, The Vikings, the Buccaneers, the Sea Dogs, and the Mgba Mgba” (Newswatch,  12-3-90) and a myriad of others.

It is an obvious fact that the activities of secret societies have permeated all facets of the Nigerian social life. Their diabolic, irreligious and immoral actions are, like the Harmattan fire, spreading at an alarming rate. Like an octopus, their tentacles have pierced nearly all facets of our institutions of higher learning.

The Police are urged to expedite professional action so that offenders may be arraigned and prosecuted, but it is disheartening to know that many of these individuals who should enforce these laws are in truth, full-fledged members of these societies—so much for lip service and hanky-panky!

Ungodly cult activities have made our citadel of learning into an altar of Moloch with its concomitant vampirism tendencies. These ‘cults of death’ have enthroned a culture of man’s inhumanity to man; they kill, they terrorize students and lecturers alike, they have made our institutions of learning into a Theater of the Absurd wherein they are law unto themselves!

With this mind-boggling state of affairs, couple with the lawlessness that attends to it, examinations have turned into a horrifying rat race. Success now greatly depends on one’s proficiency at malpractice. Cult members even intimidate lecturers to give them the scores they want which they have not deserved. Their infamy also finds them exploiting and abusing the female students sexually—and  are these the leaders of tomorrow?!

Believe it or not, these violent acts cannot but be driven by hard drugs: cocaine, heroin, Indian hemp, and other narcotics. In their temporal ‘madness’, they carry out their dreadful activities  because whatever senses they have are desensitized, and whatever morals they have are demoralized. Consequently, they mete out a myriad of vices without any qualms at all. Poor chaps join these societies in the hope of amassing riches, but, in the long run, they come out worse off and impoverished still. Some others join just to satisfy a craving for vice, a desire to be feared by all.


Menacing cult activities have besieged us all, but as their modus operandi, we haven’t the vaguest idea for it is enshrouded in secrecy. It is aginst the background of their secret and fiendish operations that they are being given a round condemnation. Let us therefore remain unallured and untainted by these cults of terror so that we shall hope they will be nipped in the bud soon enough. Only in that regard can we reasonably expect academic excellence in  our institutions of higher learning.


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      Ajoke 5 years ago

      Cultism is bad group

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      mrmathy 5 years ago

      I am saddened at the inclusion of AMORC as a campus cult group involved in violent activities. The Rosicrucian Order, AMORC is a body of men and women devoted to the practical study and application of natural and spiritual laws and it is by no means a secret cult not even to degrade it to a campus cult for that matter. This is the same situation that caused a law suit for the ECWA church some years ago after tagging AMORC as a cult. Please AMORC is not a secret cult involved in all the activities listed above.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      A great masterpiece. I agree that cultism is a societal menace, however i do not believe our institutions of higher learning possess the potentials to counter this disaster.

      It is sad to note that even those you look up to as fighters and champions to eradicate this problem are the ones orchestrating these bastardly act of cultism, violence and bloodletting. The lecturers, students & the general public are all involved in this cultism.

      The best way to fight it is by imposing capital punishment on any culprit.


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      Ezeh Izuchukwu 'Sirwar' Williams 7 years ago from Enugu, Nigeria

      No, WryLift, they are as much against themselves as the society is against them. There have been drive-by shootings when different cults meet, so for sure even they do not a common interest.

      Thanks for stopping by to drop a most hallowed and most-appreciated first comment. lol.

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      Susannah Birch 7 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Interesting read. The only cults I've come across are MLMs (such as Amway) and reading about small groups such as The Branch Davidians.

      The fact that they are openly influencing and causing bloodshed in your country must be difficult to deal with. I'm assuming they've also corrupted the government in some way.

      However, why do they allow each other to exist? I'm surprised they'd work together instead of fighting each other.