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What happens in our educational system these days are nothing to be desired. Our students- the leaders of tomorrow are no longer conscious of their roles in the society. What is in vogue in our higher institutions and even secondary schools is to become a member of secret cult whose membership, transactions and mode of operations are carried out in the secret. Their secrecy is protected by terrible oaths which members are bound to.

They care less for morality, rules and regulations of their institutions. Their acts are deadly and they go along with dangerous weapons recruiting and initiating gullible students at night because their activities are mainly nocturnal. Some claim they are there to acquire some kind of status or protection, while others that have criminal tendencies use it as a cover to steal and kidnap. They persuade and misinform the gullible students and brainwash them, and also threaten and intimidate them if they are not yielding.

They live extravagant and violent lives. They have left some parents in perpetual pains and anguish through the untimely deaths of their loved ones, others have been maimed for life with permanent disability ruining their purpose on earth. According to Myles Munroe “The greatest tragedy in life is not death but life that fails to fulfill its purpose”.

It is disheartening and a great tragedy to see our students get involved in this antisocial activity, and be rusticated in the end. What have they achieved?

It is pertinent to understand the social, economic and psychological dynamics that drive youths to cultism and other anti-social behaviours. If their needs are not met, the society will not find lasting solutions to their problems. The decline of educational standards, poverty and the society neglect of the needs of the youths, moral laxity and gross indiscipline at home and schools are the foundation for the formation and growth of cultism in Nigeria schools.

Schools are supposed to be places for character reformation, acquisition of knowledge and skills and help the children to be responsible and successful in life but are regrettably turning to be centers for cultism and other destructive behaviours. Some of our schools are mismanaged and starved of funds with terrible learning conditions. There are cases of cheating in examinations, dishonesty, peer cruelty, prostitution and drug abuse. Classes are conducted in dilapidated buildings that lack modern toilet facilities, proper ventilation, and are overcrowded without enough seats thereby receiving education that is often not engaging and rewarding, reflecting the ills of the society that lead to poor quality graduates and moral laxity among the youth.

The youths are faced with a lot of problems and those that are involved in cults related crimes appear to have some socio-economic and psychological needs that are ignored. Failing to provide those needs mean toying with the health and well-being of the nation. An idle mind they say, is a devil’s workshop. Because the youths are not fully occupied and there are no jobs that would fetch them some income, they get involved in some cults related groups, yahoo yahoo and 419 scam activities to keep busy and make some income.

A good number of them that are involved in these acts are not born criminals but for lack of the necessary family and social guidance, they are tempted to embrace any association that gives them the needed protection, direction and sense of belonging.

The society should empower the youths to be creative and productive so as not to be instrument to their moral and physical death. Government should intensify efforts to integrate the youths into the scheme of things with creative and progressive education and do away with all the social inequalities and injustices that breed violence and criminal behaviours in the society.

Parents have a crucial role to play in reducing these cult related violence in schools. They must inculcate good moral values in their children at home to avoid them exhibiting anti-social behaviours at school. Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Moral education which is part of our educational programme should be taken seriously by schools to help reform the students.
God has endowed these youths with a lot of potentials and all eyes are on them to appreciate what God has deposited in their lives, so, they are expected to fulfill their mission on earth.

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