UNIZIK ’ s 65 repentant cultists

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UNIZIK ’ s 65 repentant cultists
Posted on: July 08, 2015, 11:11:09 PM
There was pin - drop silence in the hall as
they filed out willingly to confess their
sins and seek forgiveness . They were
treated like the prodigal son – forgiven
and rehabilitated .
The Nnamdi Azikiwe University ( UNIZIK )
in Awka, the Anambra State capital , last
Friday had 65 students publicly
renouncing cultism.
The UNIZIK Cult Renunciation Ceremony
was organised by the school
management at the convocation arena.
It was the second time that the
programme , which is aimed at ridding
the school of cultism, was being held.
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• Prof Ahaneku ( second left ) , his wife ,
Gladys , Prof Onyeyili ( left ) , Prof Esimone
( second right ) and Okeke
The Vice - Chancellor ( VC ) , Prof Joseph
Ahaneku , and his wife , Dr Gladys , led top
management staff , including the Deputy
VC for Academics , Prof . Charles
Esimone , his counterpart for
Administration , Prof Innocent Onyeyili,
Registrar Mr C . C. Okeke and Director of
Information and Public Relations Dr
Emmanuel Ojukwu to the event.
The Dean, Students’ Affairs ( DSA ) , Prof
Ken Nwogu , led students to the event.
Clergymen baptised the repentant
cultists at the occasion .
In his homily , the guest cleric , Reverend
Father Paul Obayi , who is known as
Okunerere ( consuming fire ) within the
state , said participating in cultism would
always end in destruction . He described
cultists as a satanic group that
employed deceit to make human beings
deviate from the words of God . He noted
that membership of such group added
no value to life.
Obayi , who revealed that he was an
occultist before he was arrested by God ,
said cultism put youths in perpetual
bondage and eternal imprisonment .
Frowning at the rate at which youths are
joining cult confraternities, the cleric
said : “ It is an act of foolishness to join
cultism . There is no gain in cultism ,
because it uses deception to sell the
souls of the youth to the devil. ”
Obayi advised students to desist from
cultism and return to God . He urged
them to face their studies and graduate
with good grades .
The high - poin of 44 students, who
confessed to being cult members . The
session was officiated by Obayi , who
was assisted by Reverend Father Mario-
David Dibie and Reverend Father
Bonachristus Umeogu . As the clergymen
prayed for them , 21 others came out to
also renounce their membership of
cultism , saying they were directed to do
so by the Holy Spirit .
Prof Ahaneku described the ceremony as
spiritual irrigation to fortify the school
against cultism . He promised to
rehabilitate the students , saying he was
overwhelmed by the number that gave
up cultism . He advised them to allow
God take control of their lives and never
to return to cultism.
His words : “We need God to give us the
power to take control of our society.
Because we have submitted to His will ,
God has prepared us for the journey
ahead . The redeemed students should
be assured that the university
management is ready to protect their
interest .
“ We will assist them to to enable for
them contribute to the development of
the nation . What we have done today is
to submit to God and it will be captured
in the records of this university that , we
have trained students, not only in
learning , but also in character.”
Speaking to CAMPUSLIFE , chairman of
the organising committee, Prof . Esimone
said the event was a move by the
management to rid the school of cultism
and breed disciplined and responsible
students .
A lecturer at the Department of
Haematology , Dr Ifeoma Ajuba, said she
was shocked by the number of students
baptised . She said : “ It was the first time
I witnessed such mass baptism . I never
knew I would meet such a crowd of
students denouncing cultism openly . I
was surprised there were ladies among
them . I am impressed and I think this is
a step in the right direction for the
campus to be peaceful . ”
One of the converts , who spoke to
CAMPUSLIFE anonymously , described
the event as a turning point in his life.
He said : “I am grateful to the Vice -
Chancellor for giving me the opportunity
to be liberated from the clutches of the
devil . My advice to my fellow students is
to shun secret cultism because it leads
to eternal destruction. ”
Students praised the management for
the initiative . Macdonald Ifeme ,
president Association of Mass
Communication Students, described the
event as welcome , urging management
to sustain its efforts to make the
campus cultism - free .




 

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