Cultism is a system or apply of a cult. Cult alternatively is a bunch of individuals with a non secular philosophical or cultural id typically seen as a sect, typically present on the margins of society or exploitative in the direction of its members.

Cultism Popularly referred to as within the neighborhood as Secret Cult  might be stated to be a company of which individuals come collectively to pledge their allegiances underneath an oath and have a social bond of dedication and dedication for the nice of the group.

This set of individuals perform their conferences when individuals are not conscious of, particularly in the course of the odd hours (Midnight) and much away from residence (within the bush most frequently time). This people preserve their actions secret from non-members and folks within the society.


Historical past of Cultism in Nigeria

Say No to Cultism in Nigeria

The historical past of cultism might be traced again to 1952 when the Nobel Laurel Worth Winner, Professor Oluwole Akinwande Soyinka and 6 others fashioned the ‘Pyrate Confraternity’ (a.ok.a See Canines).

At the moment varied faculty of thought are developed, surrounding the precise goal and goal of founding the cult group. The pioneer and its members stated it’s a platform for the combat of human proper and justice (activism) and it’s void of evil.


After some years, varied different cult teams emerged similar to Black Axe, Jezebel Daughters, Black Eye, Black Beret, Black Bra, Supreme Eiye, Vikings, Aro Mates, Buccaneers amongst others whose actions recommend nothing however evil within the society.

These cults teams share some options in frequent that are initiation of latest members, ritual practices, oaths taking, and inscription of marks on their our bodies, use of signal, symbols and colours.


Their actions entails frequent violent conflict amongst completely different cults teams which at all times result in demise or finish in casualties, fixed abuse of medicine, armed theft, sexual assault, vandalization, forceful intimidation of lecturers, examination malpractices,  harassment and bullying of fellow course mate, assassination to say a couple of.



Cultism is so rampant in colleges all around the world, it’s identified to be at its peak in tertiary establishments however it’s no extra information that it has expanded its territories to secondary colleges and even main colleges as we converse.

This social vice is de facto consuming up the ethical and academic customary of the nation. As a matter of truth, harmless college students are being lured into the act and all different social vices.

The issues related to cultism can’t be over emphasised, regardless of the hassle of the federal government and college authorities to place an finish to cultism within the nation proved abortive.

  Causes of Cultism in Our Current Day Society

  • Cultism in Nigeria is attributable to various factors and the most typical causes are:
  • Quest for energy or social id
  • Poor parental coaching
  • Peer stress/peer group affect
  • Revenge
  • Emotional instability
  • Wealth
  • Loneliness
  • Use of cultists by politicians
  • Drug abuse
  • Poverty
  • Seek for safety
  • Quest for Energy and Social Id

The key causes of cultism is the search for energy and social id amongst their colleagues at school. Many college students turns into members of the cults due to their quest for energy and authority, that is largely frequent amongst these with the goal of combating of combating for his or her rights and different folks’s rights.

Whereas, some others be part of cultism as a result of they need to belong to a category or existence greater to their friends. They need to realize recognition, respect and admiration from reverse intercourse in an try and be referred to ashuge boy” or “imply chick” within the faculty setting.

In Nigeria universities, the principle purpose whereas folks change into cultists is to combat those that oppress them, depraved lecturers, faculty authorities and torment from different cult members.

  • Poor Parental Coaching

The current day parenthood suffers a bridge of communication and intimacy with their wards(youngsters) and this has lead a number of college students to cultism as a result of most father or mother fail to inculcate norm, ethical, worth and self-discipline to their wards.

There’s a deviation within the parenthood of this current dispensation, the pursuit of profession or cash had led a number of youngsters astray. Some within the quest of creating a supply of livelihood neglect their wards to lack dwelling coaching.

They’ve forgotten that communication and closeness are inseparable components that foster parenthood. And when such is missing it have an effect on the kid when he/she leaves dwelling to high school, compromise change into a selection of freedom and way of life.

When father or mother focuses extra on their companies and work they open doorways to ethical chapter within the lives of their youngsters and on the finish end in youngster waywardness by way of completely different vices.

  • Peer Strain/ peer group Affect

Strain from friends group could make even a good particular person do some terrible issues at occasions that’s the reason peer stress is one other main explanation for cultism. By way of the method of interplay affect are sure to occur which both might be optimistic or adverse.

Affect goes a great distance in altering mindset and behavioral sample of particular person most particularly when the stress is far. On the finish particular person contain get hooked on their influencer means of like which might be cultism, drug abuse, rapping, clubbing or playing.

And it will likely be fairly tough for the person to interrupt away from such circle of pals as a result of any try to do this will definitely result in threats from the cult members. And people which might be lured into it find yourself accepting it due to concern of being killed.


  • Revenge

Some people who find themselves victims of harassment, Assaults, rape, bullying, youngster abuse or painful previous search revenge by way of cultism as a result of they consider the group will give them the platform to fleetly take their very own kilos of the flesh.

They consider the workforce work help from the cult members make such mission quick and doable. Additionally, cultism provides members a excessive morale to do the unimaginable by way of the initiation course of.

This course of makes members so imply to circumstances and life appears so meaningless to them. The medication they use make the weakling to be a brutal particular person inside months.

  • Use Of Cultists By Politicians

Politicians who use cultists as thugs throughout campaigns and elections are a part of people who find themselves encouraging cultism on this a part of the world. Some even go so far as having direct or oblique affiliation with them.

Most cult teams have authorities officers or politicians as their patron or patronesses who finance them for his or her private doubtful motives. They go so far as utilizing cults guys as their hit males to hold out their intentions throughout election.

Their actions consists of snatching of poll packing containers, destruction of election supplies, assassination of their political opponents, intimation to the electoral officer and so forth. All this provides the cultist the excessive morale to perpetrate their evil deeds being assured they’ve backbones and godfathers that may at all times use their extremely place affect to get them out of any detention or courtroom case.

  • Emotional Instability

Emotion is a physiological response to a scenario and it could lure somebody into cultism. People who face emotional challenges similar to melancholy, melancholy, or loneliness can find yourself as a cultist in the event that they discover solace on the incorrect place.

Most particularly when somebody is breakdown completely as a consequence of circumstances that threatens their happiness most frequently time have a excessive tendency to maneuver with a specific circle of pals/course mate

In a bid to be comforted and get cheered up from their current state find yourself falling sufferer of cultism. This occur largely when their coronary heart received damaged by their boyfriends/girlfriends.

  • Drug Abuse

The affect of drug on younger folks makes them threw away their conscience to the wind. Typically than not people who continually crave for medication join with different addicts each day the place they get provide of the medication.

At occasions they related to cultist immediately or not directly on the hideout the place they normally purchase and promote the medication substances. By way of this medium of affiliation a person might be lured into cultism as a result of these locations are extremely susceptible for cultism initiation.

  • Loneliness

Similar to melancholy finds solace in adventures so additionally loneliness support within the firm of pals. Friendship have nice affect over one another and in such scenario they actually protects and look out for them and such emotions provides the person the consolation and ease by way of interplay from members of the cult teams

Very quickly the person become involved in medication, playing, alcohol, partying and sexual adventures thereby discovering a way of peace and happiness.

  • Poverty

Poverty place a fantastic function in cultism as a result of many individuals are lured into this vices as a consequence of monetary hardship. Of their quest for assist and help they fall sufferer of cultism members who supplied them assist in a bid to entice them into their social group.

  • Wealth

Some youth are discovered on this cultism group in order to change into identified, dreaded and rich. The cult members are believed to have influential sponsors and have some huge cash, this myths led a a lot of college students into this societal ills as a result of they need to be counted amongst wealthy people within the society and it additionally give them the avenue to fulfill rich folks within the society.

  • Seek for Safety

One of many options of cultism id that members are brother’s keeper to one another. Many individuals be part of cultism looking for safety from hurt or any type of harassment or intimidation.

The sense of safety supplied to the members provides them boldness and confidence towards any threats in any kind. Such sense of safety can result in conceitedness within the members. They’re continually acutely aware of the backup out there to them in case of any emergency.


  • Low Self-Esteem

The hunt to discover a option to categorical oneself could lead on a scholar with low vanity to affix cult group to really feel essential. Cultism affords a fertile floor for such college students to seek out ugly confidence in violence and dastardly acts.

The Impact Of Cultism In Nigeria

Nigeria as a nation has significantly suffered the adverse results of cultism. The split-tribal tradition made it a ‘be part of us or die’ factor. The assorted teams and their strife for dominance is the large deal. These results consists of:

  • Loss of life

The demise of younger folks this days is so alarming as a consequence of cultism practices by college students and non-student (thugs, touts, deviant’s people) little points that want settlements find yourself triggering a number of calamities within the society. They even go so far as killing themselves over a mere points like girlfriends and the likes.

  • Excessive Enhance In Scholar Dropout

Cultism has propelled excessive enhance on drop out college students. In Nigerian the key explanation for scholar drop out is normally hyperlink to cultism. Though it not in all instances as a result of there are a number of causes for which a scholar could also be expelled or suspended from faculty.

  • Thuggery

Politicians and authorities officers normally recruits younger those who have tendency of been a thug to help them of their political affairs throughout elections and campaigns. Even the non secular leaders go so far as utilizing them as physique guards which in flip make them misbehave within the society basing their life on the survival of the fittest which will certainly enhance madness within the nation.

  • Theft and Theft’s

Theft and theft is likely one of the main impact of cultism as a result of this set of people exit as a bunch to do infamous actions as ordered by their toppers (i.e. their Captain, Capon, Don and so forth.) which is usually within the night time. They normally give them project to hold out which might both be theft, kidnap, assassination, rape, automobile snatching or bather which must be perform inside a stipulated time period.

Instructed Resolution to Cultism in Nigeria

Cultism if not tackled, will proceed to eat down into each of the society with extra results on people, households, colleges, non secular setting and the society at giant. The next are the steered answer to cultism within the nation.


  • Public Marketing campaign Towards Cultism

If authorities, colleges, non secular gathering, dad and mom and non-governmental group can manage workshops, lectures, talks, seminars and campaigns on the risks related to cultism throughout colleges with out leaving out the first colleges, I feel it can assist in curbing this social menace confronted by everybody within the society

  •  Self-discipline

There may be this fashionable saying that goes thus “charity begins at dwelling” if father or mother ought to implement self-discipline of their wards or inculcate the mandatory morals and values of their youngsters i believe if this menace will not be curb completely, it will likely be decreased to a controllable method.

Imperatively, Dad or mum ought to endeavors to visits their youngsters of their respective colleges and likewise screens who their youngsters affiliate with within the faculty setting. Most significantly father or mother also needs to be an exemplary options to their wards by desisting from secret organizations and reside a life price emulating.

Additionally, faculty authorities ought to have excessive customary self-discipline with stringent punishments for cultist caught within the faculty premises or exterior the 4 partitions of the college.

  • Authorities Normal

If the federal government can put into regulation the punishment due for anyone grasp with something that has to do with cultism or racism, it thinks it can go a great distance in curbing this social vices. Nevertheless, the political leaders supporting them also needs to be put to judgment as a result of they’re damaging the lives of different youngsters to make theirs higher, this shouldn’t be tolerated if really we need to curb or eradicate this menace in our society.

It’s not solely by decreeing it, it will likely be higher for the parliament to additionally move it into regulation by way of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Structure that anybody responsible of cultism shall be sentenced to this explicit yr of imprisonment with out penalty or fines.

With all of the options listed above, if effectively adhere to it can certainly eradicate cultism to a manageable stage as a substitute of the continual escalation of cultism we’re listening to throughout our group.




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