Parents and guardians of this generation have failed in their responsibility of instilling good moral discipline in their children and wards. In those days, every family used to train little children in their households to have respect for the elderly ones within and without their neighbourhood. According to a report by the Punch newspaper, “The Edo State government said it will shut down Idogbo Secondary School in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of the state following the destruction of property in the school by students during a riot. It said the students who beat their principal would be responsible for the damage done during the unrest.” Society was saner in those days because pupils used to give due regard to the teachers, counsellors, headmasters, principals and other members of staff in the school. About one or two decades ago, when students were reprimanded for any form of misconduct, they would take to corrections and subsequently desist from such acts. Disciplinary measures are also used to serve as a deterrent to their colleagues.
It is very pathetic to know that secret cult groups have extended their activities beyond the polytechnics, universities and colleges of education. Cult clashes are now being witnessed in some junior and senior secondary schools in Nigeria. It would be recalled that sometime in November, some college students believed to be members of rival cult groups in Abeokuta were involved in a violent fight using stones against one another. The Divisional Police Officer of Adatan Police station in the town, Mr Ignatius Alimeke led other cops to the scene to put an end to the raging violence. As the DPO struggled to fend off the hail of stones, one of them caught him on his forehead, leaving him a deep cut. Three members of the police team that were with him also sustained various degrees of injuries from the attack. People must return to the method of communal correction as this would encourage our youths to become morally upright.