A report by The Nation online has revealed that over 10,000 Nigerians have been killed in one form of cult clash or another since 1996.
Cultism in universities has been a serious source of concern for parents who send their wards off to the schools, where they’ll be spending a major part of their years transitioning into adults. Sure, any habit formed here may stick forever.
Mr. Ike Onyechere, the founding chairman of NGO Exams Ethic Marshall International (EEMI) was discussing ending campus cultism, exam malpractice, and sex for grades during a news conference in Abuja.
Onyechere shared the report during the conference, advising on the need for a new strategy to wipe out the menace that has plagued Nigerian campuses.
“Over 40 different cult groups, with a total of over 12,000 chapters, operate in school campuses across Nigeria. These gangs have killed at least 10,000 people between 1996 and 2019.
“Hundreds of thousands have been injured, harassed, raped, arrested, detained, suspended and expelled. Lecturers are being intimidated and blackmailed by cultists into awarding unmerited grades, fueling examination malpractices and academic dishonesty.
“The matter is being made worse as cult operations have spread to primary and secondary schools,” Onyechere said.
Speaking further, Onyechere explained why all participants in the academic sector – including parents, wards and instructors – need to come to the agreement of the dangers exam malpractice poses to the country.