Lafia - A group of ex-cult members, under the aegis of Campus Cult Eradication Foundation, has pledged to partner with the Nasarawa State Government to stamp out secret cult activities in its’ higher institutions.
The foundation comprises former cult members from different confraternities across campuses in the state.
The group made the promise in Lafia on Wednesday when the members paid a courtesy call on the state Commissioner for Information and Ethical Re-orientation, Hamza Elayo.
The coordinator of the group Samuel Ejembi, said cultism was a threat to the society and the future of the Nigerian youth, many of whom had lost their lives from their involvement in cult activities and others expelled from school for the same reason.
He said more than 550 cultists had renounced their membership of cult groups in Nasarawa State with over 80 per cent of them being indigenes.
Ejembi said most of the youth initiated into cultism were ignorant of the consequences of their action, hence the need for strong ethical orientation.
He called on government to fashion out more realistic ways of eradicating campus cultism by engaging those who were once members of such groups.
“It takes someone who has been in and out of cultism to speak the right language and convince other members to renounce their membership.”
“A cultist might be arrested and prosecuted but after serving his prison term, he would go back even more deadly but when someone who has seen it all talks to him, he would have a change of heart,” he added.
Elayo, represented by Umar Idris, Director Ethical Reorientation in the ministry, said the visit was timely in view of the increased incidence of cult-related clashes on various campuses across the state.
He said the state was ready to partner with the group in order to eradicate cultism in tertiary institutions.
He said the government was willing to collaborate with any group that shared its vision of protecting lives and property.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Police Commissioner in the state, Umar Shehu, last week confirmed the arrest of seven students of Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia, over their alleged involvement in cult clashes that left one student dead.
Consequently, the management of the state Polytechnic on Monday suspended 12 students indefinitely over alleged involvement in cultism.