Monarch advises Enugu youths to shun cultism
Igwe Remigius Eze, the Deputy Chairman of Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council, has advised the nation’s youths to shun cultism, saying that it could destroy their future.
Eze gave the advice on Friday in Nsukka during an awareness and sensitisation workshop organised by the police command in Enugu in partnership with the Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP).
He said that cultism had led to the untimely death of many Nigerian youths, while many others had been rendered useless by the phenomenon.
The monarch said: “My children, if you want to be successful in life stay away from cultism in all its ramifications. It is an ill-wind that blows no one any good.
“Every cultist ends up shamefully because he or she is a threat to society and disgrace to his family.
“Youths who belong to cult groups are cowards and have no integrity. That is why they are seeking for fake power to protect themselves.’’
Ezeh, who spoke on behalf of other traditional rulers at the event, promised that the council would continue to partner government, security agencies and other stakeholders in the fight against cultism.
Mrs Maduakor Ikenna from NPP identified poor parenting and peer group influence as some of the causes that made young people to join cultism.
Ikenna urged parents to strive to monitor the activities of their children and the type of company they keep.
She said that such close monitoring would help parents to know when their children start behaving negatively .
She said: “It is the duty of parents to know the type of friends their children keep.
“Most times, it is bad friends that influence them to join cultism or do some other evil things.”
Ikonne further admonished teachers in secondary schools to always treat every report of harassment and intimidation of students by their fellow students with seriousness.
She opined that majority of students in cultism usually conducted themselves with impunity, while always bullying other students.
He also said that such students usually performed poorly in their studies “because they hardly had time out of their cult activities to study.
She said: “Cultism makes members to become lawless, deadly and unproductive.
“As students, do not join any cult. If you are already a member, denounce your membership immediately.
“Otherwise, you will cry `had I known` when you are arrested by security agencies,’’ she said.
In a remark, Mr Solomon Akpanufot, the NPP intervention leader in the state, described NPP as a British High Commission programme designed to support better policing in Nigeria.
Akpanufot said that the aim of the workshop was to create awareness among students and stakeholders on the dangers of cultism.
“We are supporting the police and other stakeholders to fight cultism. Our study shows that cultism is a big problem in Enugu state.
He said: “The aim of this workshop is to create awareness and expose secondary school students to the dangers of cultism and other social vices, like rape, armed robbery and drug abuse.
“We are paying attention to cultism because it is the mother of other social vices in every society.”
Akpanufot further said that investigations showed that the majority of youths, who committed rape, armed robbery, kidnapping and electoral violence, belonged to cultism.
Some students who attended the workshop thanked the organisers, saying that the event had helped to enlighten them more on the dangers and consequences of belonging to cultism.
They promised to take the lesson from the workshop to their fellow students and friends.
News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that at least 60 students, drawn from different secondary schools, 30 neighbourhood watch members and traditional rulers from Nsukka attended the workshop. (NNN)