By Olumide Glowville
Cultists of the Aloha clan have written an open letter to Africa’s most beautiful campus, promising to visit on June 1 to rain bullets of death, sorrow and grief on innocent students. Till now, I’m not sure the school is doing anything about this threat, it’s not being talked about in the media and security agencies are not looking into the matter or reassuring students of safety.
This is the backstory.
In-form Zanku star, Zlatan Ibile was recently on the campus to perform, and Ife being a small city, it was the talk of the town.
According to reports from students, and as shown in the open letter sent to the school, Zlatan is believed to be a member of a cult group. This prompted other student members of the group from a neighbouring school, OUI to also attend the event – to support their son who was in town.
OAU, a school strongly against cultism and its activities on campus was the wrong place for these guys. They were apprehended by the school vigilante or Man-O-War (not sure now) and beaten to a pulp before being handed over to the Police.
As you would expect, the Police released the cultists and sent them back to their leader who has now written a funny but strongly worded letter to the campus, threatening to crawl on the campus and kill 7 students for each of his boys that was humiliated on the campus. He has even gone ahead to say there is nothing the campus security team can do to stop them.
My fear is not just about the threats being real, it is about the innocent students who may be unfortunate victims of circumstances, sending families into sorrow and grief.
If I was a student on that campus, I wouldn’t wait to see if the threat is real or not. For the sake of being alive to fulfill my dreams, I’d stay away from campus and the vicinity, avoid open and crowded places and just pray strongly.
Nigeria has never been known to be proactive, I don’t think they will start now. It’s for students to become responsible for their own well-being.
As expected from OAU students, I understand that it is being clowned about with captions like “Winter is coming to OAU” and the sorts. But I will not advise that we sweep it under the carpet and wait for these guys, especially in the current state of serious insecurity in this country.
As for Zlatan, I don’t know how I feel about him anymore. His “kapaichumarichupako” chant might be a cultist word after all.
The most important thing right now is that if you know someone on that campus, please tell them to stay alert and be careful.
The Cultist Massacre that ended up killing Afrika and many others in a gruesome way in 1999 is still fresh, as in, fresh!!!