Abuja – More than 11 000 Nigerian youth in the Bayesal State have revoked their affiliation to cults.
State Governor, Seriake Dickson, who welcomed the move, revealed the figures during a conference with youth representatives at the Government House in Yenagoa.
He said the move reflected the success of his administration’s restoration agenda, which focuses on youth.
Dickson expressed his administration’s plan to further partner with the youths in the state, disclosing that a youth summit will soon be organised for repentant cultists as a first step towards reintegrating them back into the society.
The governor warned the youths against falling victim to politicians bent on breading trouble in the state.
“This is not the time for politicking. We will not tolerate such activities. We want youth to focus on working with government to ensure that we make life more meaningful for our people. The youth’s duty is to preach the gospel of peace and cooperation to other youths and make sure they are not used by misguided elements,” said Dickson.
Youth leaders pledged to work with government to curb cultism and called for the establishment of a peace and discipline corps in the state.
They also appealed for an increase in their allowances and logistics to enable them carry out their duties of mobilising other youths to participate in the restoration agenda.
Cultism has over the years been rampant in Nigeria, particularly in tertiary institutions.
Many lives of young Nigerians have been lost to rivalry attacks among different sects across campuses.
Cults have been linked to political violence and conflict in the Niger Delta.
- CAJ News