There are different definitions of what a cult or a cultist is but there is one particular definition by the free dictionary that I find particularly interesting.
Among other definitions, the dictionary defines a cult as “An exclusive group of person sharing an esoteric, usually artistic or intellectual interest.”
When I read that definition, it brings to my mind great and serene minds like Wole Soyinka, Niyi Osundare, Kenneth Idiodi, and the rest of them.
What I remember these men and several others like them for is their avowed commitment to the good of mankind and how they employed their cult mannerisms to strengthen the weak and find a voice for the disadvantaged.
Wole Soyinka is famously referenced as the curator of the campus cultism phenomena in Nigeria. He has never been related to any form of killing or bloodletting, not on campus nor in the general society. Rather he is a towering source of inspiration for millions of forward looking youngsters across the globe.
Today, gangsters are glorified with the word cultist. Idiots who do not know their right from their left are called cultists merely because they have a den gun that some politician bought for them to help snatch ballot boxes.
Just because someone took them into a cassava farm at night to do burn fires and aid them drink from a stinking concoction and gave them a few whips under the influence of cheap drugs, they think they qualify to be called cultists.
Gangsters are gangsters. Criminals are criminals. Cultists are not murderers. They are highly intelligent and sensitive to the needs and realities of their society. They are the defenders of their communities and they are proud of their heritage.
They are not cowards but they don’t spill blood over girl friends or alcohol or political vendetta, they are not saints, but they are saintly.
Everyone of the street criminals hiding under the cloak of cultism to perpetrate criminality in Obudu must be called to order immediately. These minions who are actually insecure cowards, searching for themselves in the cover of darkness and cassava leaves, under cheap drugs and fooling themselves that they are cultists, must be brought face to face with the law before we degenerate into anarchy.
All the half baked politicians buying those den guns for okada boys, areas boys, nonentities and all the likes, who go about terrorising law abiding citizens must be told that that era is gone and gone for good.
We will expose them and make sure that forces even beyond Cross River State bring them to book.
I don’t think that there is anyone out there stopping you, if you want to be a cultist, but your so called gangsterism should not become a source of threat to the life of law abiding citizens.
The governor and all security agencies must move very fast and stem this tide. Obudu must not be allowed to relapse into those halcyon days when these gangsters, like absurd goblins, hovered over our households with trepidation.
Someone must rise up and stem this procession to Golgotha. These minions must be called to order. The peace of our land must not be unsettled by those who do not have any ambition for their lives.
The serenity of our community must not be traded for the inanity of rascality. Our legendary hospitality must not be placed on the guillotine of political expediency. These madness must be brought to a halt now.
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