We shy away from mentioning it by name. Not even head teachers would dare face the students who are said to be members, for the warnings to those who try to delve into their activities are as chilling as the graveyard. On the few occasions where brave head teachers have taken the menace head on, they have been accused of jumping the gun, that they have no facts to prove the allegations.
When the authorities talk about radicalization, we are often quick to think of radical Muslim teachings that breed terrorism. Nobody is ready to face the fact that Illuminati is another form of radicalization sweeping across our schools like bush fire from the 90s.
A silent but very lethal religious doctrine has taken root and now seems to have built shrines in our schools yet we are all silent about it, occasionally dismissing it as the usual hysterical neurosis (hysteria). That radicalism is in the form of illuminati and devil worshiping in our boarding primary and secondary schools is real.
An encounter with such students paints a gruesome picture of a world apart from the real world, a realm of spirits and macabre activities that go beyond the graves to limbo and to the deep sea rituals. They feed not on our everyday table but under the sea at night and come back full! They boast of being involved in freaky accidents that claim lives on our roads and perform sexual orgies akin those of Sodom and Gomorra.
At first when you sit down to listen to the stories, you might dismiss them as concocted tales by some juvenile minds out to scare others, but the reality hits home when you see them writhing like snakes on the ground during pastoral programs that scare away even the bravest of the Christian Union members.
Most of these children explain that they were recruited into the groups while in primary particularly boarding primary schools by their standard 7 and 8 peers. Some get into it in form 1 and 2 through biscuits and all those things the rich bring to their children during visiting days. That is why most boarding secondary schools have banned snacks during visiting days.
And because majority of the parents have decided to let the responsibility of raising their children in the hands of teachers, primary boarding schools is a fertile ground for the seed of devil worship and illuminati to germinate and thrive.
Early child development experts will tell you that between the ages 1-13, a child is best nurtured under the wings of her parents. At that age his/her mind is susceptible to any kind of doctrine good or bad.
These children are rebellious in school, they have all sorts of excuses not to go to class or prayer meetings. They mostly exhibit illnesses related to chest problems, constant fainting and convulsions especially during Christian union programs and prayer meetings (this doesn’t mean all those who have chest problem are in illuminati, far from it). But whenever you take them for medical check-ups, they are often found to be as fit as a fiddle.
Some have indelible tattoos on their bodies with girls having them at the back down towards the waist, the most notorious being the ‘Tomb Stone’ symbol. They identify each other by signs; the scariest one is where one gets cut marks as if someone has cut them with a sharp razor blade when they encounter a fellow member.
One child recently shocked everyone including her parents and the Pastor when she bluntly told them that she was not ready to change unless she got her ‘chain’ which purportedly got lost mysteriously as she was transferring from her former school. Just after one term, the whole class would fall under the influence of their powers’ , ripple effect would be felt when they start recruiting new members in the new schools they get admitted to, as one by one the pastoral programs start losing its lustre and vigour.
Finally, the performance of the other students starts going south as laziness creeps in and takes hold of the class. The problem is compounded by the fact that while the school may be struggling with the situation, the parents seem unaware and if they are, they never tell the school administrations unless they are confronted by the school authorities. Matters are made worse by the education policies since there is no clause that explains how to deal with such issues.
A report by a presidential commission of inquiry in 1999 remained just that, a report, with nothing implemented from its recommendation; in fact, it was like an authorisation of devil worshiping in Kenya.
“Satanism is not forbidden by any law,” the chairman of the commission, Archbishop Nicodemus Kirima, said when he released the findings of the report which has never been made public to date. Now that was the final nail on the coffin.
The kind of guiding and counselling panels we have in our schools are ill prepared to handle issues of such magnitude given that they are not experts on spiritual matters. And because our churches have all started opening their own banking societies, (pun intended) the schools are left to fight the battle alone.
In June 2009, Hart Research Associates conducted a national survey on 1,615 American parents with children aged between zero to three and found out that there is a wide rift between what child development research shows and what parents think.
Now imagine what goes on between 9 and 13 year olds who are away from their parents. The same can be said of Kenyan parents, a number of whom have no clue as to what their teenage children are up to when out of sight.
It is imperative therefore that parents’ take a lot of care on the formative stages of their children to manage their children when they grow up. They should also stop assuming things, and follow up on their children’s development at every stage.
Concerted efforts are needed to help schools deal with the silently but deadly religious radicalization taking our children hostage and that are out to destroy our youth under the guises of quick riches, pleasure and new world order.