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The Red Cross has called the spread of cults in educational institutions a “ticking time bomb.”

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The Nigerian Red Cross (NRC) has expressed concern over the growing number of cults in elementary and secondary schools across the country.

Sir Eddy Ogidi-Gbegbaje, a member of the NRC’s National Governing Board, issued the warning when he was presented with a trophy won by the Ogidi-Gbegbaje House by the Oshimili South Division of the NRC.

If this continues, he said, it will become a major social issue.

The Ogidi-Gbegbaje House has won the First Aid and Leadership Training competition for the past three years in a row.

Ogidi-Gbegbaje, who is also the Permanent Secretary of the Directorate of Government House and Protocol, urged young people to participate in the NRC’s programs so that they can help create a peaceful society rich with chances for growth.

Young people in Nigeria, he said, should devote themselves to helping others and doing volunteer work.

Young people “should be encouraged when they make useful contributions to nation building,” Ogidi-Gbegbaje said.

Red Cross Asaba’s South-South National Disaster Response Leader and Coordinator Paul Orukamaya previously credited Sir Ogidi-Gbegbaje with much of the organization’s early achievements.

He lauded Ogidi-Gbegbaje’s selflessness and encouraged him to keep up his good work.

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