70 renounce cultism in Ondo
By Sade Adewale
In the quest to consolidate the massive campaign against cult killings and SARS harassment in Ondo kingdom, over 70 cult leaders and members have renounced their memberships, while as they promised peace in Ondo kingdom.
The Osemawe and paramount ruler of Ondo kingdom, Oba Dr. Victor Kiladejo, who stated this at the event on Thursday, also promised residents of Ondo kingdom that cultism would be a thing of the past in the kingdom.
He made this known at the ground breaking ceremony of the faculty building donated to the University of Medical Science (UNIMED), Ondo City by Hon. Joseph Akinlaja.
Kiladejo explained that elders in the kingdom have taken traditional steps to subdue the incessant killings of youths, who belong to cults groups in the town.
The Osemawe noted that over 70 youths, who are cultists from different groups have renounced their membership and as well promised not to be involved in any form of violence again.
He, therefore, called on others who were yet to renounce their memberships of any cult group to do so.
The monarch urged indigenes as well as residents of Ondo kingdom to be more hardworking, honest, shun violence and work towards the growth and development of Ondo kingdom at all time.
Speaking earlier, the Ekimogun youths president, Mr Eric Famogun said that they have decided to use the yearly youth week to consolidate their efforts in stopping the incessant cult killings in Ondo.
He stressed that the àláwörò, Opotu, and many other notable traditionalists led the leaders of all the cult gangs in Ondo to an oath taking before the powerful “AIGHO”, they drank the “Water” and ate the ‘Kola” swearing if they will kill, plan to kill or hide a killer in their lives.
In his words, “We have to clean our house first, if we want to stop the embarrassment we all receive from the SARS,” he added.
The president hinted that the resolution was that those who will not cooperate with the peace agenda, will have to quit the city for them.
He added that the former President of the Youths; Ambassador Fela Akinmoladun, (FELAPOPO), the current youth president Com. Eric Famogun, the Chairman Security Committee for the Youths; Com. Akinlolu Pelumi (Skimma), PMA Chairman, Dapo Aderele Mr Dapsing, ODC stakeholders, Osemawe-in-Council and many other notable members of the community worked hand-in-hand to ensure the success of the programme.