By: Oluwatosin Adesola
No fewer than 200 suspected cultists openly renounced their membership of the secret society at Osemawe’s palace in Ondo at the weekend.
This is part of the efforts of the Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Victor Kiladejo and his council to drastic tackle the menace of youths’ involvement in cult activities in the area.
The cultists renounced their membership of cult groups after series of consultations by the monarch with chiefs, opinion leaders, law enforcement agents, youth associations and other stakeholders in the area.
In an address to the repentant cult members, community leaders told the youths that socio-economic growth cannot take place in an environment dominated by incessant threats to security, lives, and properties of the residents.
The youths were encouraged to avail themselves of the opportunity provided by Oba Kiladejo to renounce their membership of cultism and engage in productive activities.
They were warned that any individual or group found to engage in cult activities after the renunciation exercise capable of truncating the peace of the kingdom would be handed over to law enforcement agents.
The high chiefs hailed the Osemawe for putting in place such initiative, particularly at a time when incidences of rival cult clashes and killings were on the rise in the kingdom.
Some of the confessed cultists, while responding, thanked the Osemawe for the opportunity given them to come forward and renounce their membership of secret cults.
They however or solicited for assistance to be empowered on vocations that would help them to earn a living and be meaningfully engaged.
An eyewitness said, “over 200 cult members have renounced on 12th of April, 2019 being the third day of the PEACE ACCORD and oath swearing.
Infact a popular young man, dark lipped boy. (sorry man) came to surrender himself and pledge not to go back to his vomit again”.
Eric Famogun, the President, Ondo youth “ONDO EKIMOGUN YOUTHS” who initiated the PEACE ACCORD described the renouncement of cult membership by the youths a good omen for the future of the kingdom.
The Osemawe and Paramount ruler of Ondo kingdom who is happy about the development, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the leadership of ONDO EKIMOGUN YOUTHS including the hard-working executives.