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Enugu Police Takes Anti-cult Campaign To Secondary schools

Posted: Jul 9, 2015 at 6:26 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Nzomiwu


Cultism is one of the many anti-social vices ravaging educational institutions in the country today, especially at the tertiary level. Many young promising Nigerians have lost their lives as a result of incessant cult clashes that have occurred in the universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and even secondary schools over the years.

Cult members who are lucky to survive the cult wars, in most cases have their academic career ruined as a result of their rustication.

Prominent among the cult groups in Nigeria’s higher institutions include the Black Axe, Sea Dogs, Vikings, Buccaneers, Mafia and Eiye Confraternity among others.

In a bid to eradicate cultism, government and authorities of various higher institutions adopted several mechanisms which included stringent sanctions against cultists, yet the menace had persisted over the years.

However, there are those who believe that the best approach to winning the war against cultism in the tertiary institutions is to take the campaign against it to the secondary schools as a way of discouraging the undergraduates of tomorrow against cultism before they are ripe for recruitment.  Recently, the Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu embarked on a campaign to secondary schools in the State to enlighten the students about the dangers inherent in cultism.

Last Thursday, Amaraizu who is a Deputy Superintendent of Police, took his Anti-Cult Campaign to National Grammar School, Abakpa Nike Enugu in Enugu state. Addressing the students, Amaraizu described cultism as an ill wind that blew nobody any good. According to him, it is an evil that had to be eschewed if youths are to become the champions of the next generation and leaders of tomorrow.

He said, “It is always the intention of the youths to become champions in their lives and endeavours, but they stand a risk of truncating that opportunity when they join cult groups or embrace other anti-social vices.”

Amaraizu therefore warned the students of National Grammar School Nike to desist from joining cults and remain law abiding and useful members of the society.

He outlined some of the consequences of cultism and vices against the youth to include, low esteem, drug abuse, prostitution and homosexuality. Other likely consequences he said includes disrupted education, likelihood of imprisonment, injury or permanent disability, likelihood of not securing employment and death amongst others.

Amaraizu advised the student to respect and obey their parents and teachers and remain law abiding. He further advised them to fear God always, reminding them that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

The Police PRO also warned the students to avoid bad friends and companies, desist from cutting corners and to imbibe the spirit of hard work and dedication amongst others.

During the session which also served as a platform for dialogue between him and the students, the students pledged that they would be law-abiding even as they applauded the police spokesman for brining the campaign against cultism to their institution.

They said that having become acquainted with the consequences of cultism they would shun such groups when they gained admission into tertiary institution.

Amaraizu later told journalists that the campaign was designed to run in phases in order to capture all the schools in Enugu state. Amaraizu who recently received Commendation and Merit Award from the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase said the award was a challenge to greater efficiency and productivity.