More than 200 suspected members of different cult confraternities stormed the popular Igando community, Lagos Mainland, over the weekend to renounce their membership of the cult groups.
According to sources, the members who are mainly secondary and university students, did the renunciation after the completion of a 21-day youth conference tagged, ‘Say No to Cultism’, organized by community leaders at the Saints Gospel Church, Igando, Lagos Mainland.
It was learnt that some of those who renounced their membership alleged that they joined cult groups in secondary school as a result of peer group influence, while others said that they were conscripted by senior students.
According to one of the gang members, a teenager identified simply as Ayo said that he joined in the gang’s recruitment drive to initiate young boys and girls. “I regret my action; that is why I want to turn a new leaf,” he added.
Another member who denounced cultism, Tayo Onala, said that in his area of residence at Ikotun, cultism was the main thing and whoever became a member was regarded as one of the big boys. “But now, I have realised that they were only destroying my future,” he said.
Admonishing the youths, a community leader, Pastor Jacob Shodeinde advised them not to allow themselves to be used as thugs by politicians during the 2019 general elections.