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cult

(kŭlt),
A system of beliefs and rituals based on dogma or religious teachings and characterized by devoted adherents who display a readiness to obey, an unrealistic idealization of the leader, an abandonment of personal ambition and goals, and an eschewing of traditional societal values.
[L. cultus, an honoring, adoration]
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Alternative—fringe An unscientific system of treating disease
Psychiatry A religious, political, psychotherapeutic, or commercial organization or sect, based on dogma or religious teachings, often with bizarre or unorthodox practices, values, or beliefs that differ from mainstream or accepted thinking, which engenders conflict between the group and society, and uses unethical manipulative techniques of persuasion and control to advance the leader’s goal; cults may be linked to mass suicide and death
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cult

(kŭlt) [L. cultus, care]
A group of people with an obsessive commitment to an ideal or principle or to an individual personifying that ideal.
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Another factor that can lure students into campus cultism is peer group influence.
For over two decades various attempts have been made to curb the problem of secret cultism in university campuses.
In this study the respondents found the seven variables; parental influence, peer group influence, marital separation, lack of recreational facilities, university authority's patronage, monetary, and insecurity in university campuses as factors predictive of their involvement in campus cultism. It might not be surprising to have parental influence as the most significant variable influencing undergraduates' involvement in campus secret cults.
This method of analysis is considered most appropriate to employ here because it will enable the researchers to actually analyse and raise vital questions on the measures that university had taken so far to curb cultism in Nigerian universities and why they appeared to have failed.
Cultism has generated a lot of fear, tension, insecurity and closure of schools.
The people called for the removal of Adewakun as the Council Chairman if he failed to allow peace to reign in the community by reintroducing cultism and thugs to the peaceful environment.
'The people's governor, Dr Okowa will soon inaugurate special team of security men to tackle the menace of street cultism and other related vices,' he mooted.
A Superintendent of Police, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, who is the National Coordinator of Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV), made this call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu.
He said that POCACOV, which was initiated by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, was aimed at saving Nigerian youths from the claws of cultism and other vices.
It is a thing of glory that people are renouncing cultism and giving their lives to Christ.
He further noted that he, alongside other security colleagues, have carried out campaigns against cultism to various secondary schools, as according to him, many that engaged in the activities did not join because they know what they are going to meet in the group, but out of ignorance.