The Abeokuta branch of the National Association of Seadogs has urged Nigerians to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards and ensure they troop out on election days to vote and monitor the ballots to prevent cultists and political thugs from hijacking ballot boxes from polling units.
The Acting President of the branch, Adeyemi Omitogun, gave this advice during the organisation’s Public Lecture on “Gangsterism, Hooliganism & Cultism in Nigeria : Role of the Family,” held at Gbonogun, Abeokuta.
He also admonished citizens to bury the idea of “votes don’t count,” which, according to him, will only embolden bad politicians to continue to manipulate electoral process.
The Guest Speaker, Adegbemi Onakoya, who is also a former Secretary to the Ogun State Government on his part highlighted the disadvantages of cultism and hooliganism in the society.
He listed hooliganism, gangsterism, bad economy and poor parenting as part of reasons why cultism is increasing among youths in the country.
He warned that the current wave of cultists activities in Abeokuta and Sagamu need to be checked in order to reduce the number of lives being cut short in their prime.
He pointed out economic sustainability and family role as major factors that could reduce the ills of cultism and gangsterism in the society, noting that parents are expected to inculcate morals in their children.