The beauty and lure of Cultism in Nigeria -My personal experience

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In solemn humility, I would first offer a dedication of this piece to my God, JEHOVAH Almighty Father, for looking favourable on my endeavour and, to my liberator JESUS CHRIST for embarking on the true Aliyah for me. Secondly, this article is in honour of my best friend, melancholy, after the death of Isioma Egbunna.Bon nuit. Also to my brother, solitude, after the demise of Roland. Buon Notte. And to them who lost their lives to cultism in Nigerian universities, I say Adieu to you all. Goodnight.
Many books, novel, essay, article and even poems have been written on the subject of cultism. Controversies rage on the pages of newspapers, on the tube, on radio and in legislative chambers across the land on this same vexed issue of cultism – campus cultism. Many scholars have commented on this topic but, no single authority on cultism – the cultist themselves, – have been asked or given the forum to shed light on the addictive nature of this esoteric phenomena that perpetuates its existence and seemingly makes it immortal.
The clergy have spoken about it and have even proffered panacea. The pyrate confraternity aka seadogs, the pioneer confraternity, which is suppose to know better on the intricacies, does an absurd turnaround by going on the defensive claiming not to be a campus confraternity, while accepting that they are the progenitor! But we all know that they, the pyrates, still have active campus decks in the universities(ie futo, uniport, unn) etc. Though this is not the crux of my work, I still believe it’s a salient point for future dialectical disputation.
I am a cultist. I use this term because I write from the point of view of a cultist though repented. I belong to a confraternity which is arguably the most violent campus cult in Nigeria today. I had also held for two years the highest campus office of this cult – the national numero uno on campuses, – and so I believe myself to be a competent authority on this issue of campus cult and on the perpetuation of cultism in our campus. Let me state categorically that every slimy creature in the swamp of society has relatives in the campus swamp because the cults reflects the society.
After a potential cultist had embarked on the esoteric escapade of confraternal kindergarten, his life then adopts the sophisticated personality of discretion. He becomes adept at circumventing a quagmire of school rules, take up defiant stance against norm and constituted authorities, and then glory’s in his first taste of boisterous freedom. He becomes moonstruck and deliriously happy. A delusion of magnified grandeur.
Looking back today, I understand that the beauty of cultism is in actuality a magnetic and apprehensive curiosity that propelled us to indulge in horseplay’s that bordered on the delinquent. The esoteric nature of cultism is in itself an opium of hallucinatory powers that stimulated our anarchist zeal. Come to think of it, it wasn’t as if the pioneers of the various confraternities were lawless. Far from it, they were actually law abiding, if these laws didn’t conflict with their own laws. They were also enthusiastic students but with radical philosophies against convention which they pursued pragmatically.
Their fundamentalism stemmed from the root that they in their elitist snobbery despised all the cursed ideologies which constituted authorities espoused. They saw all conventionalist as satanists with sinister and horrendously grotesque laws which they forced down the throat of the masses in a suppressive dispensation of birth-to-death privation.
They saw things in the perspective that they, the new academic elites, were mandated by their education not to suffer such inhumanity to perpetually be the lot of their downtrodden uneducated brothers and sisters. So the cultist formed themselves into ad hoc Marxists. At first, all these took place in a silent, ethereal pace without histrionics until the situation deteriorated with the proliferation of membership.
At this stage of our metamorphosis, the cults were now the tool of Lilly white plaid pants pious Mohammedan and Jesus bigots militarician and politicians and, docile cultist, now armed, took on the awesome personality of marauders with the killer instinct of a doomed predator. We danced into an albatross, into the murky waters of death and sleepless nights.
Now everything in the business of cultism run voraciously on nerves and anxiety as the dandy little maneuvers of feisty military politicians has degeneratey monocled their veneer of clandestine decoy. The progenitors now take umbrage that the cults exhibits an annihilatory obsession for adventurously devastating savagery. The politicians are in a rage now as they initiate perfunctory crackdowns on their products. These crack downs are palatable chastisement ostensibly to soothe a dilapidated populace into an effusion of ecstatic out – break of elegant praise and joy at their proficiency in fighting their creation.
I know for sure that to our progenitors, it is still a mystery for them to determine when this sweet flight of ecstasy segued into a horrifying awareness as they, in their desperation, seek and searched for leverages to anchor for succour.
If government and society are true in their quest to annihilate the menace of cultism in our campuses, then they should be a shift of approach from their present policy of weakly improvised contingency method to a more pragmatic and articulated modus operandi. Presently the disheveled and frantic strikes of the government and society cannot march the awesome splendour which cultism holds to the potential cultist. Repentant cultists tend to become maudlin after a re-exposure to the UN-invigorating existence of life outside cultism – this is the product of a mediocre society – which resurrects in them a consummate emotional starvation for the intricacies of confra-life which is now their elixir.
Sometimes the disdain in which government and, in extension, society hold cultist – repentant or not – pushes them further into the quagmire. That a man belongs to a cult doesn’t make him inhuman. It doesn’t mean he cannot fall in love and embark on romantic escapades. It doesn’t mean he cannot show compassion even to perceived enemies. Though cultist are now seen as a cauldron of angry mediocre youths, the cults still harbours smoldering geniuses of unmeasurable magnitude whom if well directed and cultivated will propel society, through their in-puts, to greater height.
Now an ethical question of severe gravity arise: ‘Can a cultist be truly repentant, and would he in all sincerity tenaciously battle and deal debilitating blows to his erstwhile constituency? The answer is yes. If given the incentive to quit and be actively employed in a clandestine security out-fit mandated to administer lasting solution to these sleazy organizations, the cultist will be the panacea to cultism.
Confraternity in itself is not a horrendous organization. The horror is the jihadist characteristic which they exhibit. If the confraternities are given the opportunity to become registered and legal, thereby being accountable to their actions, they will all metamorphose into a likeness of the non-violent pyrate confraternity which operates in the manner confraternities function in western universities.
Until such measures are activated, we should know in all sincerity that the cults have come to stay because they have been hypnotized by the larger society into moisting their short eternity in a perpetual desecration of UN-profaned youths.
And so until then, I say Adieu to them who are about to die. You are welcomed.

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The beauty and lure of Cultism in Nigeria -My personal experience

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In solemn humility, I would first offer a dedication of this piece to my God, JEHOVAH Almighty Father, for looking favourable on my endeavour and, to my liberator JESUS CHRIST for embarking on the true Aliyah for me. Secondly, this article is in honour of my best friend, melancholy, after the death of Isioma Egbunna.Bon nuit. Also to my brother, solitude, after the demise of Roland. Buon Notte. And to them who lost their lives to cultism in Nigerian universities, I say Adieu to you all. Goodnight.
Many books, novel, essay, article and even poems have been written on the subject of cultism. Controversies rage on the pages of newspapers, on the tube, on radio and in legislative chambers across the land on this same vexed issue of cultism – campus cultism. Many scholars have commented on this topic but, no single authority on cultism – the cultist themselves, – have been asked or given the forum to shed light on the addictive nature of this esoteric phenomena that perpetuates its existence and seemingly makes it immortal.
The clergy have spoken about it and have even proffered panacea. The pyrate confraternity aka seadogs, the pioneer confraternity, which is suppose to know better on the intricacies, does an absurd turnaround by going on the defensive claiming not to be a campus confraternity, while accepting that they are the progenitor! But we all know that they, the pyrates, still have active campus decks in the universities(ie futo, uniport, unn) etc. Though this is not the crux of my work, I still believe it’s a salient point for future dialectical disputation.
I am a cultist. I use this term because I write from the point of view of a cultist though repented. I belong to a confraternity which is arguably the most violent campus cult in Nigeria today. I had also held for two years the highest campus office of this cult – the national numero uno on campuses, – and so I believe myself to be a competent authority on this issue of campus cult and on the perpetuation of cultism in our campus. Let me state categorically that every slimy creature in the swamp of society has relatives in the campus swamp because the cults reflects the society.
After a potential cultist had embarked on the esoteric escapade of confraternal kindergarten, his life then adopts the sophisticated personality of discretion. He becomes adept at circumventing a quagmire of school rules, take up defiant stance against norm and constituted authorities, and then glory’s in his first taste of boisterous freedom. He becomes moonstruck and deliriously happy. A delusion of magnified grandeur.
Looking back today, I understand that the beauty of cultism is in actuality a magnetic and apprehensive curiosity that propelled us to indulge in horseplay’s that bordered on the delinquent. The esoteric nature of cultism is in itself an opium of hallucinatory powers that stimulated our anarchist zeal. Come to think of it, it wasn’t as if the pioneers of the various confraternities were lawless. Far from it, they were actually law abiding, if these laws didn’t conflict with their own laws. They were also enthusiastic students but with radical philosophies against convention which they pursued pragmatically.
Their fundamentalism stemmed from the root that they in their elitist snobbery despised all the cursed ideologies which constituted authorities espoused. They saw all conventionalist as satanists with sinister and horrendously grotesque laws which they forced down the throat of the masses in a suppressive dispensation of birth-to-death privation.
They saw things in the perspective that they, the new academic elites, were mandated by their education not to suffer such inhumanity to perpetually be the lot of their downtrodden uneducated brothers and sisters. So the cultist formed themselves into ad hoc Marxists. At first, all these took place in a silent, ethereal pace without histrionics until the situation deteriorated with the proliferation of membership.
At this stage of our metamorphosis, the cults were now the tool of Lilly white plaid pants pious Mohammedan and Jesus bigots militarician and politicians and, docile cultist, now armed, took on the awesome personality of marauders with the killer instinct of a doomed predator. We danced into an albatross, into the murky waters of death and sleepless nights.
Now everything in the business of cultism run voraciously on nerves and anxiety as the dandy little maneuvers of feisty military politicians has degeneratey monocled their veneer of clandestine decoy. The progenitors now take umbrage that the cults exhibits an annihilatory obsession for adventurously devastating savagery. The politicians are in a rage now as they initiate perfunctory crackdowns on their products. These crack downs are palatable chastisement ostensibly to soothe a dilapidated populace into an effusion of ecstatic out – break of elegant praise and joy at their proficiency in fighting their creation.
I know for sure that to our progenitors, it is still a mystery for them to determine when this sweet flight of ecstasy segued into a horrifying awareness as they, in their desperation, seek and searched for leverages to anchor for succour.
If government and society are true in their quest to annihilate the menace of cultism in our campuses, then they should be a shift of approach from their present policy of weakly improvised contingency method to a more pragmatic and articulated modus operandi. Presently the disheveled and frantic strikes of the government and society cannot march the awesome splendour which cultism holds to the potential cultist. Repentant cultists tend to become maudlin after a re-exposure to the UN-invigorating existence of life outside cultism – this is the product of a mediocre society – which resurrects in them a consummate emotional starvation for the intricacies of confra-life which is now their elixir.
Sometimes the disdain in which government and, in extension, society hold cultist – repentant or not – pushes them further into the quagmire. That a man belongs to a cult doesn’t make him inhuman. It doesn’t mean he cannot fall in love and embark on romantic escapades. It doesn’t mean he cannot show compassion even to perceived enemies. Though cultist are now seen as a cauldron of angry mediocre youths, the cults still harbours smoldering geniuses of unmeasurable magnitude whom if well directed and cultivated will propel society, through their in-puts, to greater height.
Now an ethical question of severe gravity arise: ‘Can a cultist be truly repentant, and would he in all sincerity tenaciously battle and deal debilitating blows to his erstwhile constituency? The answer is yes. If given the incentive to quit and be actively employed in a clandestine security out-fit mandated to administer lasting solution to these sleazy organizations, the cultist will be the panacea to cultism.
Confraternity in itself is not a horrendous organization. The horror is the jihadist characteristic which they exhibit. If the confraternities are given the opportunity to become registered and legal, thereby being accountable to their actions, they will all metamorphose into a likeness of the non-violent pyrate confraternity which operates in the manner confraternities function in western universities.
Until such measures are activated, we should know in all sincerity that the cults have come to stay because they have been hypnotized by the larger society into moisting their short eternity in a perpetual desecration of UN-profaned youths.
And so until then, I say Adieu to them who are about to die. You are welcomed.

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Anthony-Claret is a software Engineer, entrepreneur and the founder of Codewit INC. Mr. Claret publishes and manages the content on Codewit Word News website and associated websites. He's a writer, IT Expert, great administrator, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all around digital guy.
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No way forward for Nigeria unless Abiola is recognised – Says Abiola’s son

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Son of late Chief  M K O Abiola , Jamiu  has said  that Nigeria can never forward unless the contributions  of his parents  and others to  the enthronement of democracy were recognized.

Jamiu also condemned  political office holders, who are the beneficiaries of the struggle for revalidation of the annulled June 12 1993 election for failing to acknowledge the contributions of the martyrs of the struggle .

He explained that Nigeria can never move forward if the contributions of those who laid their lives for democracy to be enthroned  was continuously denied

Speaking, at a lecture organized by Action Group of Nigeria  (AGN) to commemorate the anniversary of the annulment of  the election  in the Opebi residence of   his late father, Jamiu, who lost his two parents in the struggle to revalidate the election , said it was sad  and  disgraceful  that , the beneficiaries of such struggle could not even appreciate the supreme price paid by his parents and others in the struggle, and acknowledge their contributions.

He maintained  that , if Nigerians refuse to cast their minds back, and acknowledge their contributions, “it is sad, disgraceful, painful, and was no way God would allow the country to prosper unless justice was done, and that it was important for those in position of authority to recognize that fact  .

“What is the big deal in giving honour to somebody whose honour is due, “what is the big deal in acknowledging somebody that laid his life for what people are enjoying? Do you honestly think that the military would have ever left politics , if not for the sacrifice that my father and my mother Alhaja Kudirat Abiola , Chief Alfred Rewane  and several other Nigerians , that died on the streets of Lagos and Abuja made?

“How is the country going to  move forward when people are so wicked enough, not even to acknowledge the people that died for what they are currently enjoying and will enjoy  in the future?

“Never in the history of Nigeria had the military left power for more than two to three years, they always come back, because there is nothing in this world bigger than power, but in their barracks they will think, how can we go back when Chief M K O Abiola, Alhaja Kudirat Abiola have died ,that is the only reason they have not come back , yet the beneficiaries have refused to acknowledge the people that died for them to be where they are today , it is not only sad, it is a disgrace, and that is why white people look at Africans and say they are animals. This is the kind of thing they talk about , this kind of thing is automatic in a civilized  democracy.“

Speaking in the same vein Professor Pat Utomi, who was the chairman of the occasion , said June 12 represented the unity of  Nigeria, because on that day, they voted en mass for Abiola , and  it was sad that , the election was annulled.

He maintained that , people stood by June 12 because they believed in it, and Nigerians votes were made to count, he explained that Nigerians should always clamour for an electoral reform that would guarantee respect for their votes , and that was the only thing that could be done to keep alive the spirit of those who died for the June 12 struggle.

He maintained that , the choice of Professor Attahiru Jega as INEC chairman, was not sufficient to guarantee a credible election , but only a credible electoral reform can guarantee free and fair election .

He however , advocated for campaign finance reform , so as to checkmate the money people spend on election, “until we deal with campaign finance reform , we have not got to the height of electoral  reform.”

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Pro Group asking for forgiveness for Ibrahim Babangida

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A pro-IBB Group yesterday in Lagos, urged Nigerians to forgive former military President Ibrahim Babangida for his role in the annulment of the June 12, 1993, Presidential Poll. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the group, under the aegis of the Nigeria Renaissance Group (NRG), joined other Nigerians in observing June 12 in Lagos.

Babangida annulled the election adjudged to be the freest and fairest ever held in the country.
NAN recalls that after the annulment, the acclaimed winner of the election, the late Chief M.K.O. Abiola, was arrested and detained for declaring himself president. 

He later died on July 7, 1998, while in custody in Abuja.
Speaking at a symposium organised by the group, the Chairman of Vision 2011, Alhaji Hameed Makama, said: “To err is human, but to forgive is divine. If Nigeria could forgive Chief Emeka Ojukwu for his role in the civil war, it should also forgive IBB.
“Atonement has been made for the June 12 `error’ with the emergence of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. We must learn to forgive as a nation so that the country can move forward.”
Meanwhile, the Citizens Popular Party (CPP) has reiterated its call on the Federal Government to immortalise Abiola.

In a statement made available to NAN, the CPP’s National Chairman, Chief Maxi Okwu, said Abiola remained the hero of Nigeria’s democratic struggle.
“We pay tribute to our compatriots who died in our collective efforts to actualise the June 12 presidential mandate for a sustainable democracy in Nigeria,” he said.

The All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Alliance for Democracy (AD) Presidential Candidate in the 1999 General Election, Chief Olu Falae yesterday expressed doubt over the possibility of conducting 2011 general election without a valid voters register.

Falae, who spoke during a special programme organised by the Ondo State Government to mark the June 12 Anniversary in the state,  said  the coast was not clear for the next election despite the nomination of Professor Attahiru Jega as the new Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to Falae, there could be no meaningful election when the voters’ register, which is an important ingredient of credible election, is faulty.  The elder statement, who is one of the people rooting for the formation of a mega party, said a situation where the voters’ register is full of errors would not guarantee a free and fair election.

He noted that there were signs pointing to the fact that some people are working towards prolongation of the 2011 General Election next year.
Speaking on the occasion, the Ondo State Governor,  Dr Olusegun Mimiko also faulted the present voters’ register which he noted consist of fictitious names making reference to the voters’ register used in the state during the 2007 General Election.
“A voters’ register for Ondo State which consists of names of the likes of Mike Tyson, late Ayo Joseph Babalola, Sam Omatseye, among others, cannot guarantee a free and fair election in this country. So, we must have a credible voters’ list against what INEC used in 2007,” he said.

Mimiko also stressed the need to ensure that internal democracy is allowed in the choosing of candidates in different political parties in the country saying conducting free and fair primaries in different political parties is one of the pre- requisites of a free and fair election.
He also advocated for the use of two- party system in future elections in the country, stressing that two -party system would ensure a virile democracy.
Earlier in his speech, the Chairman of the Nation newspaper Editorial Board, Mr. Sam Omotsaye, urged Nigerians to be ready to sacrifice for the sustenance of democracy like the late MKO Abiola did during the struggle for the actualisation of his mandate.

Meanwhile, the Citizens Popular Party (CPP) has reiterated its call on the Federal Government to immortalise Abiola.
In a statement made available to NAN, the CPP’s National Chairman, Chief Maxi Okwu, said Abiola remained the hero of Nigeria’s democratic struggle.

“We pay tribute to our compatriots who died in our collective efforts to actualise the June 12 presidential mandate for a sustainable democracy in Nigeria,” he said.
Okwu, however, expressed dismay that Babangida, who nullified what he described as the freest, most peaceful and credible election ever conducted in Nigeria, had indicated interest to contest the 2011 poll.

 

 

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Nigeria Predicts Winning Greece on Thursday

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Nigeria have said they are condemned to beat Greece in Thursday’s Group B match in Free State so as to keep alive their World Cup hopes

Nigeria clashed with the Greeks at the 1994 World Cup with the “Super Eagles” running away with a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Finidi George and Daniel Amokachi.

“It’s a must win for us against Greece,” said Locomotiv Moscow striker Osaze Odemwingie after the 1-0 loss to Argentina on Saturday.

“I’m very positive. If we could just concede a goal against the big Argentina attack, it should be easier for us against the other teams. We just have to keep our concentration and score goals. We’re now a bigger threat than we were at the Nations Cup in Angola.”

Odemwingie, who admitted he was shocked to be on the bench for the Argentina match, disclosed he will be a lot more selfish in front of goal after he failed to score from a quick counter after coming on as a substitute in the second half of the game.

“I was thinking of passing the ball when I should have shot at goal. The way (Obafemi) Martins was shouting on me to pass to him the ball, I thought he was in a better position. I lost concentration and the chance,” he said. “Next time, I will just go for goal.”

Nigeria’s task to reach the round of 16 has been made a lot tougher after South Korea defeated Greece 2-0 in the other Group B, also on Saturday.

Skipper Joseph Yobo said the team will improve so as to win on Thursday.

“We will get better by the next game and show the real Nigerian team. We only need to do a little more against Greece to win and we will be back in contention,” said the Everton defender, who was also on the losing side when the Eagles tackled Argentina eight years ago.

Man of the match against Argentina, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, said Nigeria will be aiming for maximum points against Greece and Korea so as to make it past the first round of the tournament.

“I see no problems in us beating Korea and Greece and I think we will qualify quite easily,” predicted Enyeama, who said he would have readily traded his heroics against the South Americans for the three points at stake at the weekend.

“Now the most important thing is to look towards the next game (on Thursday against Greece) and go on to win it,” added Nigeria coach, Lars Lagerback, who has received credit for transforming the team within such a short time.

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