Fraternities are Viruses in Nigeria: Part 5

Posted: November 5, 2015 in Corruption, Fraternity, Power, Social Relations
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Jolly Roger

If you have read “Fraternities are Viruses in Nigeria” parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 you will not need any introduction to the hypocrisy and psychopathy of UCGFs (University Campus Grown Fraternities). UCGFs are simply organisations that trumpet the ‘mantra of altruism and selflessness’ to society and their own unwitting members while in reality they are driven by creating ‘selfish social genes’ and breeding cadres of Suckers, Cheaters and Grudgers.

The irony is UCGFs were primarily set-up to fight against “Cheaters” in society (by self-appointment) on behalf of the “Suckers” in society by being the “Grudgers” in society against the tricks and actions of Cheaters! Today Grudgers have the invariable status of ‘persona non grata’ within UCGFs. Not only have UCGFs been monumental failures in their pursuit and attainment of their respective causes, e.g. a fostering a “just society”, many of their members actually deserve to be in the slammer!

The “Sucker” is the UCGF member who steadfastly cooperates with the tenets of the organisation and dictates of individual members, no matter the satisfaction or disappointment they receive. Misplaced loyalty is the destiny of a Sucker until he wakes up, sometimes after a long time. Suckers continue to pay their subscriptions long after they realise it is stolen at the top for private use; they obey orders no matter how unreasonable; they are often ‘victims’ of various deceptions; they are often casualties of fraternal violence; and often suffer crushing vindictive humiliation. Why would educated men, many of them successful in their daily lives subject themselves voluntarily to such “victimhood”?

There are UCGFs members who undyingly believe in the “written codes” and “written system of ideology” of the fraternity, even though there is no shred of evidence of its practice in reality. Some Suckers compare UCGFs to Christianity and Islam even though neither Jesus nor Mohammed would join or recommend their followers to join any UCGF. Some Suckers compare UCGFs to socialism even though its leadership is purely Thatcherite / Reaganite, favouring neoliberal and neoconservative ideologies. Many just hope their long suffering will pay-off when one day in the future their fraternity takes over the reins of the Nigerian government. Some simply have nowhere else to go.

On joining a UCGF there is a one-year ‘apprenticeship’ period before one becomes a permanent member. It is in reality a “one year of enforced ‘Suckerhood’” because the new member cannot say ‘No’ to any order issued by a senior member. You can imagine a new member who is a surgeon being sanctioned for not attending a UCGF extra-curricular meeting on a Thursday afternoon even though through a video call was able to prove visually that he was in scrubs ready for surgery and being beckoned by his colleague to enter the theatre at that very time. UCGFs have made countless professionals lose their jobs for the convenience of Cheaters. When the apprentice graduates he can remain a Sucker or become a Cheater or Grudger.

Cheaters simply enjoy the cooperation of Suckers without reciprocating and also inflict all sorts of economic and social harm on them, and repeatedly with impunity. UCGFs attract psychopaths by default and such predatory behaviour is inevitable. Cheaters are masters at manipulation and ruthlessness. What is surprising is that many UCGFs Cheaters also belong to Ogboni, Freemasons, Rotary, Amnesty International, Catholic Knighthoods etc. but are most committed to their UCGFs. This is because while it is very easy for them to operate as unrestrained Cheaters in their respective UCGFs, they cannot attempt such in the aforementioned organisations that are far better structured, far more meritocratic and far more disciplined. UCGF Cheaters are mostly quaking cowards and bullies in the real world.

Grudgers are those who are able to retaliate strongly and persistently against Cheaters who wrong them or others or the society but will cooperate those who are not offensive. Most Grudgers do not usually stay long as members in UCGFs because they see the hypocrisy and psychopathy very early and leave after a couple of years or less; the outcome of their retaliations are good exit indications. The Grudgers that do stay are often sources of instability in the UCGFs because their retaliation is routinely unexpected and tacitly cheered by many within.

When a Grudger protests, contends or challenges, a Cheater(s) especially one in a leadership position it is such a sigh of relief to many repressed and gagged members. Cheaters untiringly do everything to prevent dissent against their evil ways and Grudgers eventually get expelled. If Grudgers do not leave the organisation voluntarily and early he will get kicked out eventually. Grudgers are always a small minority within UCGFs. Suckers (helplessly subservient) and Cheaters (dominant) are the true stuff of UCGFs with very interesting dynamics at play. What would they then do to ordinary members of society?

People should ask, how could UCGF members claim to be the very model of morality and uprightness when they are dominated by Cheaters who are experts in finding and exploiting / dehumanising Suckers?

Identify them and judge for yourself.

 

Grimot Nane

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  4. Saki says:

    In most cases ideologies or structured codes of conduct do appear far more appealing and attractive on paper than in practice. What appeared to be movements towards some altruistic goals have been transformed into a profit making enterprise by a few – the cheaters. The suckers are intrinsically weak in spirit perhaps with an inate nature similar to that of the cheater.

    They remain suckers awaiting their chances of ascendancy to the exalted position of cheater. They tolerate and defend the cheater believing that the cheater will support them when they vie to become cheater. Like in the religions and cults, suckers remain suckers because they aspire to become cheaters.

    In the murkey world of UCGFs, the grudger is the enemy. Instigated and manipulated by the cheater, the blind suckers go out on a dog’s errand – to hound the grudger.

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  5. Omonigho says:

    Audacious and well written article…
    It would be interesting to put a name on a particular UCGF.
    Thank you Grimot sharing your knowledge (or is it experience) on this topic.

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