Civic Education

Attributes and Benefits of Honesty

len Alfred Ajibola - Wed, 17th July, 2019 @ 12:08 PM

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Academic Questions in Civic Education

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value that belongs naturally to someone is said to be _____.

  • A. Self

  • B. Neutral

  • C. Humane

  • D. Positive

  • E. Negative

  • F. Intrinsic

A traffic offender mandated to clean the roads is said to have carried out community service.

  • A. True

  • B. False

The following are solutions to cultism except _____.

  • A. The evils and dangers of cultism should be taught from primary schools

  • B. Government should legalize the use of guns so that students can protect themselves from cultist

  • C. Laws that discourage cultism should be passed into the constitution

  • D. Government should work to increase the standard of living in the society

  • E. Government should provide amnesty to encourage cult members renounce their membership

  • F. Religious groups should evangelize and pray for known cult members

With regards to cultism in Nigeria, the pyrates and magnificent seven was formed in which university.

  • A. University of Lagos

  • B. University of Ibadan

  • C. University of Ife

  • D. University of Calabar

  • E. University of Portharcourt

  • F. Ahmadu Bello University

The following factors may contribute to illiteracy in a society except _____.

  • A. Presence of academic structures

  • B. Culture

  • C. Poverty

  • D. Dyslexia and Dysorthogràphia

  • E. Corruption

  • F. Lack of awareness

Dr. Stella Ameyo Adedavoh - Len Academy

The above image shows a gallant Nigerian, Doctor Stella Ameyo Adedavoh who sacrificed her life in the act of service, during a disease outbreak in the country. What disease outbreak was this?

  • A. Bird Flu

  • B. COVID-19

  • C. Monkey Pox

  • D. Ebola

  • E. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)

  • F. Chicken Pox

Which of the following is not an obligation of a citizen?

  • A. Payment of tax

  • B. Exercising the right to vote

  • C. Service as a jury when called upon

  • D. Fighting crimes without any need of reporting it

  • E. Ready to defend the country

  • F. Engagement in community and volunteer services

A legal process through which a citizen of one country gains citizenship into another country is termed _____.

  • A. International pass

  • B. Residential pass

  • C. Nationalization

  • D. Naturalization

  • E. Green card

  • F. Internationalization

Attributes of Honesty:

Just before we look into the attributes of honesty, we need to understand what an attribute is.

An attribute will imply that 'something is the result of a specific thing'. For instance, when you pass your examination, you may say that your exam success is attributed to the hard work that had been put towards it.

Please read on the attributes of God here.

In regards to the above instance, there are numerous virtues that can result from the honesty we practice; and we shall consider some of these in this article.

Below are some explanations on the attributes of honesty:


  • Loyalty

When a person is honest with his dealings, he will earn the loyalty of people.

Take for instance; honesty is a key factor required by a business man or woman in order to gain loyal customers. This is true because the customers would have gained a high level of confidence in patronizing them since they trust in their product or services.

Please read a story on honesty with regards to the above instance here.

Similarly, a loyal person will always be faithful to one who is honest.

Note: Honesty and loyalty go hand in hand.


  • Reliability

A person is said to be reliable when he or she is trusted and dependable. Your status of being a dependable person is based on your level of honesty.

If you are trusted and dependable by a large number of people, then there is a very high chance that you have been honest with your dealings.

On the contrary, if one isn't trusted by the people around him or her; it may imply that he or she is quite a dishonest person.

There is this saying that goes thus:

Everyone deserves a benefit of doubt.

Whenever we are given the benefit of doubt, we need to be very honest with such benefit because it could be an excellent opportunity for something great in the future.

Please read on the consequences of dishonesty here.


  • Trustfulness

Trustfulness will always go alongside with honesty.

The security department of some countries would have been more formidable if the police, army and navy were honest in the discharge of their respective duties.

Unfortunately, I have seen some policemen collect bribes openly; and for this reason, the citizens may incorrectly classify all of them as dishonest.

Based on the above fact, not all persons in police uniforms are trusted in Nigeria as a result of perceived dishonesty among some of them.


  • Trustworthiness

A person will be considered to be trustworthy when he or she had shown the quality of being good, sincere, honest and reliable. Consequently, people who have shown some level of honesty will eventually become trustworthy.

Please read on values here.

Trustworthiness can earn you recommendations and promotions in an organization. Also, it can provide you with a much larger responsibility which could mean more pay and more authority.


  • Integrity

Integrity simply means the quality of being honest and having strong moral principle.

Your integrity and reputation increases over a period of time when honesty has been consistently displayed.

Please read more on reputation here.

If majority of the citizens of a country are shady and dishonest, especially to other countries of the world, the integrity of the people and even the country may be put at stake. The country can become labeled as corrupt even though there may still be present some very honest citizens living within and outside of it.

In summary, the citizens can bring integrity to their nation through the practice of honesty and hard work.

You can read on your rights as a citizen here

It is noteworthy to state that integrity is earned and honesty is one of its key.


  • Contentment

One who is satisfied with whatever he or she has is said to be content. However, it is good to be ambitious but this should be done with honesty.

As an instance, the popular slang 'yahoo boy' which is often used in Nigeria refers to people who are not content with what they have, thus are becoming overly ambitious, dishonest and shady in their cyber activities.

No matter how bad the situation may be, we must be honest towards achieving any dream we have got. In this regard, honesty is therefore crucial in the global reputation of a country.


  • Transparency

Honest people are always transparent in all their dealings. Being transparent means: 'we should be truthful, open, and upright in whatever we do'.

You can read on the characteristics, functions and importance of government here.


Benefits of Honesty

  1. Respect and admiration is earned from other people.
  2. Amidst all conditions, a honest person still enjoys joy and happiness.
    Please read on the beauty of suffering here.
  3. Honesty restores peace, unity, progress, solidarity and development to a country.
  4. Honesty makes you eligible for a greater responsibility.
    You can read on conflict management here.
  5. Your reputation is enhanced when you are honest.
  6. Honesty will earn you faithful customers as a trader.
  7. Being honest with yourself can help eliminate negative peer pressure.
  8. Honesty favors goodwill.
  9. Honesty fosters a form of connection; be it socially, emotionally or spiritually.
    Please read on the dishonesty of Adam and Eve here.

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Amazing facts in Civic Education

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani education activist, and she is the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize award at age 17 in 2014, for her work as a child rights activist and champion of girls’ right to education

Canadians are so popular for being incredibly polite. For this reason, the province of Ontario in 2009 passed the 'Apology Act'. The apology act states that:

Saying 'sorry', which can be an expression of sympathy or regret can't legally be considered an admission of guilt or fault

Notable points in Civic Education

All human beings are entitled to a fundamental, inalienable, non-discriminatory, indivisible and universal rights which is termed human rights.

These fundamental rights of humans will allow each and every one of us to live in freedom, equality, fairness, respect, peace and justice.

There is neither discrimination nor distinction in human rights. It doesn't matter if you are are white or black, a Nigerian or a Chinese, male or female, physically challenged or physically complete, rich or poor, yoruba, igbo or hausa, christian, muslim, hindu or an atheist.

The point is: 'we all share the same human rights'.

Below are some of our rights as humans:

  • Right to life

  • Right to freedom, liberty and equality

  • Right to religion and belief

  • Right to food and shelter

  • Right to education

  • Right to a fair trial and to follow the due process of the law

  • Right to be free from torture

  • Right to innocence until proven guilty

  • Right to belong to a country. (Right to nationality)

  • Right to freedom of thought and speech

  • Right to live a life free from discrimination

  • Right to movement

  • Right to democracy

  • Please read on the fundamental human rights here

A citizen has the following rights:

  1. You have the entire right and privileges as defined in your country’s law.

  2. No one can take away your citizenship.

  3. You can hold a passport from your country of citizenship.

  4. You can pass your citizenship to your children.

  5. You don’t have to fulfill any minimum stay to become a citizen.

  6. Provided you have the passport of your country of citizenship, you are free to travel to any country which your country has travel agreement with.

  7. You can have dual citizenship.

A legal resident in a country has the following attributes within that country:

  • They must provide their bio-metric information.

  • They can enter their country of residence on many occasions. However, when they break any of the residents’ status, they may be denied further entry into the country of residence.

  • They are able to freely live, study, work and travel within their country of residence.

  • They will still utilize their international passport (from their country of citizenship) for travels, but not their resident card or permit.

  • They can become a resident after fulfilling their stay requirement. As an instance, one may become a resident when they had lived for 10 years in a country without any issues.

  • They can only naturalize (become a citizen) after faithfully living as a resident throughout the required number of years.

  • They can lose their residential status when convicted for serious crimes.

Please read more on the rights of citizens and attributes of residents here.

Cooperation can be defined as the process of coming together, working together and helping one another to achieve a common goal

According to A.W Green

Cooperation is the continuous and common endeavor of two or more persons to perform a task or to reach a goal that is commonly cherished

According to F.E Merrill

Cooperation is a form of social interaction wherein two or more persons work together to gain a common end.

There is this saying from the chairman of Microsoft concerning cooperation; and it goes thus:

Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning - Bill Gates

Read more on cooperation here