THE MENACE OF SECRET CULT IN OUR SCHOOL AND COLLEGE
A cult can be said to emanate from great and excessive admiration or belief in a person or idea. This could be manifested in rituals, praise songs, chants and worship. It is an unquestionable practice that may be difficult to dislodge even with superior argument. Secret cult could therefore be defined as a set of practices, belief system or idea whose essence is known only to the inner members and excessively admired and defended even to the point of laying down one’s life. Secret cult groups have in recent years expanded fast, become bold, and gradually becoming a societal norm. They have been left largely unchecked by the security agencies thus operating in such ways that they cannot be described as a ‘secret cult’ any longer but a cult group.
Cult activities in Nigerian universities include various forms of violence to suppress other cult groups, tormenting innocent and vulnerable students, organising raids, and in some cases armed robberies. Cult members are also used as thugs during election to foster violence and rig elections in favour of their sponsors. It is hard to believe that someone who gets inducted into a cult group would be moulded into a better person because these groups preach negative values that would gradually turn one into a menace in the high schools and colleges.
In Nigeria cult groups have not been restricted to corners of the university campuses. They have spread into the society at large and operate in various cells in our communities. Cult groups now recruit their members from tender age as early as secondary school students, they also recruit non-students in a bid to grow their membership.
LEARNING ABOUT THE PAST HAS NO VALUE FOR
THOSE OF US LIVING IN TODAY
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any
relevant examples from your own knowledge or
The topic of whether or not learning about the past
has value for those of us living at the moment has
stirred up much controversy. Some of them believe
that there is no value at all. Yet, those who stand
on an entirely different ground claim that past
events are educational and totally value our lives.
Considering the arguments of both sides, I am
prone to support that past events do have value.
One very strong argument is that we can learn
good things from past people or events. If people in
the past did something and it turned out good in
the end, we should learn and follow them. Take
Chinese old scholars as examples. They have good
studying attitude, such as hardworking and patient.
Their behaviors are being appreciate by the society
at that time and was recorded in historical books.
Children nowadays learn about those old masters at
school, and take them as role models. In view of
this, we can absolutely learn from the past.
What must also be taken into consideration is that
we can avoid making the same mistake by learning
from the past. When we see someone did something
and it is useless or even harmful to others, we
should bear in mind not to act like them. A striking
illustration of the point will be me studying. In the
past. I put too much time in entertainment and
paid little attention on my study. As a result, I got
low marks on exams and had to redo it again. This
past experience gave me a life lesson. I understood
that I should use time wisely and concentrate on
my academic result. Later, I turned into a
hardworking student and managed my time well.
With this in mind, I am sure learning from the past
is beneficial to our growth, as we learn to change
and become a better person.
Learning about the past allows us to learn the good
things and avoid doing the same bad things. It is
my firm conviction that learning from the past has
huge value for us. It is also hoped that people can
learn not to be ashamed of past mistake. They
should bear in mind that these mistakes are
reminder for you to improve and act better in the
I’m sitting in a cafe in Melbourne when that song comes on,