From ALOYSIUS ATTAH, Onitsha
No fewer than 65 students of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka renounced cultism at the weekend.
The students, including males and females, who belonged to various cult groups on campus trooped out to answer an altar call made by a visiting priest, Rev. Father Obinna Obayi, who was in the institution for a revival prayer session.
Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, said he decided to organise the prayer session to help redeem some of the students, who had long derailed, despite being sent to study by their parents.
During the prayer session, 44 of the students said to be members of secret cults answered the call to renounce their faith.
The officiating priest said the exercise, which saw some of those who had refused to heed the call crying and rolling on the ground in the arena, was enough testimony that no one could hide from God.
Advising the repentant cultists, the vice chancellor urged them to make their academic pursuit the primary reason for being in the institution.
Ahaneku sounded a note of warning to students who were still members of cult groups to surrender themselves to the authority within seven days or be ready to face disciplinary action.
In an interview with journalists, Ahaneku said the warning became necessary because of other students of the institution who still belonged to cult groups and were not at the session, who may think they had gone scot free, saying the warning was to avail them time before a crack down would begin.