THE MONITOR (May 4, 2002)
FAREWELL TO CULTISM
15 students cultist of the Polytechnic,
Ibadan, publicly renounced cultism, breathing air of freedom.
By Ngozi Uwujare and Tolu Balogun
HURRAY! The three campuses of The Polytechnic, Ibadan,
heaved a deep sigh of relief when a good number of cultists
publicly renounced their membership of the secret societies
and pledged to turn a new leaf.
For the second time in three years, The Polytechnic, Ibadan,
had organised a renounciation exercise on its three campuses;
Ibadan, Eruwa, Saki with the aim of granting amnesty to
cultists who were ready to forsake cultism.
15 cultists from unidentified fraternities, pledged to
be of good behaviour and contribute to peace on the campuses.
They were received with warm embrace by Global Peace Movement,
a Non-governmental organisation NGO engaged in spiritually
There were frequent prayer sessions both in Christian
and Islamic way which equally give the institution an
opportunity to commit the soul of the students in the
school unto the hands of their creator.
The Rector of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Professor Oluremi
Alabi told The Monitor on Saturday that "we are ready
to fight cultism to a standstill," and "make
sure that peace reigns supreme on campus and in the lives
of the students."
The Don lammented on the fracas that happened in the campus
twice, which prompted the Management to come out with
strategies to eradicate cultism within the campus.
Since the face-off in March 7, when a fifty-year-old Micheal
Abimbola, a security officer's left hand was chopped off,
and two cultists were matcheted to death, the school atmosphere
had been tensed, for fear of reprisal attacks.
The management of the institution have adopted new strategies
in place in conjunction with a non-governmental organisation
NGO whose preoccupation is to maintain peace on campuses.
With this, the Global Peace Movement is running campaigns
toward renounciation of cultism within the campuses for
the past two weeks. "The campaign has been very effective,"
The management also set up another "cultism eradication
committee" which was chairman by the head of the
Mass Communication Department, Reverend Adegoke Adejumobi.
The committee started its job by planting some gigantic
bill boards at strategic points with such messages as;
"SAY NO TO CULTISM, IT KILLS" It was so effectively
done that every nook and cranny of the campus was touched
with the messages. The messages also pass through strickers,
banners, T-shirts and flyers. It was little wonder that
some students came out openly to renounce their membership
of cults though not too many cultists came out, but it
was gathered that some did it secretly to avoid embarrassment
while some still remain adamant.
The 15 students that came out received standing ovation
from the crowd for displaying such courage. The crowd
yelled "NO TO CULITISM," "WE ARE NO LONGER
INTERESTED IN FRATERNITY".
The Monitor on Saturday spoke with the chairman of the
cultism Eradication committee" Reverend Adegoke Adejumobi,
who passionately said "Today's renounciation is not
to condemn the students but rather to bring them back
to light," adding that the management and GPM have
really prevail their readiness to make cultism on campus
a thing of the past."
"We thank God that 15 students have renounced their
membership and this would go a long way to convincing
the parents and the Management that cultism would be eradicated
but will definitely be a gradual process" he said.
The Public Relations Officer of The Polytechnic Ibadan,
Alhaji Soladoye Adewole said "it is time to restore
the good image of the campus."
"Cultism can be eradicated, it is a matter of time
and a gradual process to purge it out."
The chairman of massive movement of Nigeria Major Soji
Obasanjo who was also present during the occasion stated
that "we are happy, the way the institution organised
the exercise has convinced that the committee and the
Global Peace Movement did a tremendous work by allowing
the duties to be successful".
Major Obasanjo expressed his satisfaction that the Massive
Movement of Nigeria is "100 per cent" behind
the institution, "we are ready to support in the
eradication of cultism."
Many parents are totally concerned about the exercise
that took place today. We need to support the institution
so that the image of the polytechnic will be redeemed".
Also the president of students' Union Government Ekumaye
Oluwarotimi a.k.a Walter remarked that the Management
have done the institution proud. They have allowed those
who are in bondage to come out of it, allow students to
speak out their minds." He shared the opinion that
the renounciation is a gradual process that cultism will
soon be eradicated "we still need the effort of our
parents including the government to support the mission
of this eradicate cultism in campus".
Notwithstanding, some cultists who renounced his membership
told The Monitor on Saturday that "we never knew
we are totally in bondage. We kill, we intimate student,
thinking that we were doing the right thing. Most of us
were initiated through friends, using the avenue to terrorise
students and lecturers". "Today I am giving
thanks to Global Peace Movement including the Management
for this special programme for me and my colleagues to
renounce our membership," an ex-member has said.
Another "Black axes" cult member, who renounced
publicly pleaded that students should forgive him.
"I was ignorants," he said, "I didn't know
what I was doing".
"Since I was into cultism, I never had peace of mind.
Anytime I saw a policeman, I will start running for my
dear life. Likewise anybody look at me as suspect. Today
I am saying "NO TO CULITISM" IT DESTROYES AND
The Global Peace Movement and the eradicate cultism committee
have promised them to be their friends and also to call
the remain cult members back home.
Samson Adeoye (a.k.a. Sammie) HNDI Mass Communication
Student opined that this is another elaborate and well
organised exercise which would make another mark on the
institution's history. He urged students to embrace peace
and eshew violence.
Adeoye noted that "though this is Eruwa, of this
renounciation programme, a reasonable number of student
came out but it's as if they are not that free or confident
to come out at this recent one. There should be a continuous
persuasion and encouragement".
The Public Relations officer of student Union Government
Oduola Oladele said that "this is what we are waiting