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 unwitting members. In reality, they are driven by creating ‘selfish social genes’ [as Richard Dawkins would describe them]and breeding cadres of Suckers, Cheaters and Grudgers.
The irony is UCGFs were primarily set-up to fight against “Cheaters” the tricks, manipulations and evils in society (by self-appointment) on behalf of the “Suckers” in society by being the “Grudgers” in society! 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”, but many of their members also 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, sometimes never. The Suckers continue to pay their subscriptions long after they realise it flows to the top hierarchy for private use. They obey orders, no matter how unreasonable. They are often ‘victims’ of various deceptions. They are often casualties of UCGF violence and often suffer crushing cruel humiliation. Why would educated men, many of them successful in their daily lives, subject themselves voluntarily to such “victimhood”?
Some UCGFs members 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 by the majority of members 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 hope their long-suffering will pay-off when one day in the future when their fraternity takes over the reins of the Nigerian government. Many 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 taking sanctions for not attending a UCGF extra-curricular meeting on a Thursday afternoon. Even though through a video call was able to prove by video call 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 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, AMORC, Catholic Knighthoods and so on but are most committed to their UCGFs. It is because while it is effortless for them to operate as unrestrained Cheaters in their respective UCGFs, they cannot attempt such in the organisations mentioned above 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 can retaliate strongly and persistently against Cheaters who wrong them or others or members of 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. They tend to leave after a couple of years or less; the outcome of their retaliations are reasonable 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. Sometimes the Grudger may be calm or peaceful but will not cooperate with the Cheaters.
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 cunning ways. If Grudgers do not leave the organisation voluntarily and early, he will get kicked out eventually. Grudgers are always a small minority within UCGFs; they exit too early to build sufficient numbers. Suckers (helplessly subservient) and Cheaters (ruggedly dominant) are the real stuff of UCGFs with fascinating dynamics at play. What would these people, mainly, the Cheaters then do to ordinary members of society?
People should ask, how could UCGFs can claim to be the very model of morality and uprightness when Cheaters dominate them? The latter are experts in finding and exploiting / dehumanising Suckers? Experts in using and ruining people?