Fraternities are Viruses in Nigeria: Part 11

To be in a UCGF (University Campus Grown Fraternity) as a member in 2017 under the terms and conditions they are currently operated is to voluntarily be a slave unless you are a “Slave Master” or his favoured client. The fight to be a slave master is the goal of many an unwitting ambitious UCGF member but where does it get them? (See: Climbing the “Fraternity Ladder”: Ambitions, Wickedness and Nothingness

Delusion, denial and decompensation twisted into varying arrangements of convenience characterises the self-perception of the vast majority of UCGF members. They are always right regardless of the crimes, abuses or misconduct they frequently engage in or support. The public and those that challenge such acts or practices from within are always wrong. Delusion is delusion, nothing more; madness. Denial is the dopamine that enables the UCGF member to get further mired within an organisation that would normally discourage continued participation in sane people especially educated ones. Denials and counter-denials spin such webs of self-deception around the UCGF member that he has no arguments left to shrug off the unrelenting realities that are closer to him than left nostril. Decompensation is the excuse used by members to mask the stultifying learned helplessness towards the range of numerous malpractices, evils and excesses occurring routinely within the UCGF.

Imagine the mentality of someone who wrongfully or disproportionately punishes a brother but expects that same person to embrace, respect or take no offence for experiencing such obvious injustice; the abuse of the rules do not matter, what matters is the exercised powers and the sanctity of the brotherhood. That is a pure case of delusion. Many people in real life when punished proportionately may dispute the measure of punishment meted upon them. To expel a member for politely disagreeing with a “boss” over an issue where the leadership is so clearly in the wrong [i.e. in an organisation where Truth is supposedly venerated and Egotism is supposedly abhorred] is injustice itself. However, the inflicting boss and his supporters will expect the expelled one to embrace his unfair isolation with love, grace, happiness and honour for a punishment that is malevolent, vulgar, distressful and dishonourable. There is even the overriding  element of “how dare you complain?”, injustice or not, by the leadership. Delusion hardly goes much further

Figure the ground-swelling beliefs that members of the public and every other UCGF decisively know how perfect their very fraternity is. Some given UCGFs will claim the whole of Nigeria knows they are not corrupt even though accounts and audits of their significant money handling are either non-existent or will shock any competent forensic accountant beyond belief. UCGF members are very proud that members of the public respect their levels of discipline and sterling qualities. In reality 99% of the Nigerian public see UCGFs as dens or robbers, hitmen, rapists and drunkards.  A growing further reality is that, UCGF members believe the same about their own fraternities; they know they are being rapaciously fleeced by core leaders and that they are used [uncompensated] for the political, social and economic objectives. UCGF members are used ‘gratis’ for the purposes of electioneering (at the polls), debt collection or intimidation, hits (retaliation / revenge) but it is taboo to talk about such tactics among members. UCGFs welcome everyone into their ranks but then classifies them ruthlessly by their respective socioeconomic classes and fraternal loyalties. Exploitation in practice!

Contemplate the sensibilities of the man who knows his membership is sheer slavery but cannot do anything about it. He obeys mindless and ill-thought autocratic “orders” from leaders routinely, he pays dues to a leadership that obviously steals the money with an unflinching sense of entitle, accepts any manner of unjust punishment meted out to him only to reapply for membership shortly after the pain of it all has subsided and spends one-sixth of his annual time rendering valuable time, effort and resources that only few at the top of pile benefit from both handsomely and exclusive. This subtly but thoroughly brainwashed man is conditioned to adopting the agnotology necessary for the perpetuation of the UCGF. Even when this man can no longer win the ‘hide and seek’ game perpetuating his sore ignorance and acknowledges the system is wrong or rotten, his best defence is “if and when a change emerges everything will be alright” or “you cannot change the system from outside”. Lazy excuses. The instances of [voluntary] decompensated slavery among a collective educated men in the 21st Century might explain some part of why slavery so captured the West African centuries back. Why would educated African men agree to be slaves voluntarily and for no reason?

The “core leaders” and their adjutants live in a “delusional bubble” financed by the belief that they are truly powerful internally and in society, and despise other members as “goons”, “loyalists”, “peasants” or “plebs” – fools in a nutshell, who can argue with that? Being a core leader is determined mostly by one’s ethnicity and obsequious proximity to the supreme core leader, never merit. The power of core leaders never exceeds the “virtually determined” not real boundaries of the UCGF unless they have earned it sufficiently elsewhere in the real world. Many wannabe core leaders imbibe the delusion of society-wide power and quickly get befuddled by it. The wannabe core leaders histrionically distinguish themselves by from the ordinary member who is a mere dues payer, penalty payer, free labour and cannon fodder. Leadership is a craft by which delusion, denial and decompensation can be woven selectively but astutely into all fabrics of the governance of the UCGF.

Some members of UCGFs are very successful in life, socially and economically, but these are a minority within. The majority of members are either average or struggling men (without or without families to support). At least a third of members are struggling at the bottom end of the income ladder. One member who joined in the UK went to Nigeria for an annual convention. When he saw the members entering buses at a popular Lagos motor park, he went back home. His discouragement was the apparent wretchedness of the so-called “elite” members of his so-called elite UCGF. Another member who was initiated in the UK but relocated to work in an oil multinational company in Nigeria was discouraged from continuing UCGF membership because of the rampant begging he experienced from members. Men much older in age and membership would treat him like an unqualified newbie in their social gatherings but in private would beg him for loans or help-outs. These are the same people who claim to be “elites”, yes elites. This is an unfortunate reality because if Nigeria was a much better managed economy these struggling men would be mostly in good jobs. So no intention whatsoever to mock or condemn their socioeconomic circumstances is attempted here.

Let the core leaders continue to boast about the elite status and greatness of UCGFs in public. No more deception!

Grimot Nane

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