Civic Education

Attributes and Benefits of Honesty

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

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Academic Questions in Civic Education

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Which of the followings is NOT a correct definition for values in Civic Education?

  • A. Value is a more personal measure of worth
  • B. Value is the esteemed quality which a person attaches to certain ideas, beliefs or principle
  • C. Value is a laid down rule and standard that influences our relationship with people
  • D. Value is the standard principle that is supported by individuals and the society they live in
  • E. None of the above
  • F. All of the above

The act of always telling the truth to others and oneself is best referred to as _____.

  • A. loyalty
  • B. discipline
  • C. faithfulness
  • D. honesty
  • E. godliness
  • F. goodness

Which of the following is NOT a consequence of dishonesty?

  • A. Loss of reputation
  • B. Imprisonment
  • C. Loss of sympathy
  • D. Loss of customers
  • E. Being disgraced
  • D. Being cursed

The cooperation seen among the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) is best classified as _____.

  • A. social cooperation
  • B. community cooperation
  • C. financial cooperation
  • D. religious cooperation
  • E. trade cooperation
  • F. idiopathic cooperation

Which of the following statement is incorrect concerning cooperation?

  • A. Division of Labor is a form of Cooperation
  • B. Cooperation is a process of coming together
  • C. Cooperation is aimed at achieving a common goal
  • D. Cooperation is a form of social interaction
  • E. Indirect Cooperation is a type of Cooperation
  •  F. None the above options

Which of the following is not a pressure group?

  • A. Armed Forces Ruling Group (AFRP)
  • B. Boys Brigade
  • C. Academic Staff union of Universities (ASUU)
  • D.Girls Guide Movement
  • E. Red Cross Society

What is Honesty?

Honesty is one of the core values required of a citizen. Without honesty, a nation will be considered as corrupt; and corruption is a path to doom on such Nation’s economy.

Majority of the citizens living in a corrupt society will end up suffering; especially because of the dishonest actions of their leaders.

To further show the importance of honesty (in a Nation like Nigeria), emphasis had been laid on it in the Nigerian National Pledge which must be recited daily by every Nigerian student at the primary and secondary level.

The Nigerian National Pledge is expressed thus:

I pledge to Nigeria my Country

To be Faithful Loyal and Honest

To serve Nigeria with all my Strength

To defend Her Unity

And uphold Her Honor and Glory

So help me GOD.

You may further read on the Nigerian National Symbols here

  • By definition, Honesty means always telling the truth to others and yourself.

One who is honest neither cheat nor steal in any form. He does what is right regardless of who's watching or who's not.

Note: Being honest will also imply that you respect others and yourself.

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 also many good virtues that can result from the honesty we practice; and we shall consider some of these below.


Attributes of Honesty

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 on the Real meaning of Honesty. A story was narrated concerning 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

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.

Note: 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.


  • Trustfulness

Trustfulness will always go alongside with honesty.

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

Personally, 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 not 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.

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

Note: 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.

Although it is good to be ambitious, this should be done with honesty.

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.

Note: Honesty is crucial in the global reputation of a country.


  • Transparency

Honest people are always transparent in all their dealings.

Being transparent means: "One is open and upright in whatever they do".

Please 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.
    Please read on Conflict Management in Organizations 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.


Who is a Dishonest Person?

A person is considered to be dishonest if they:

  1. Cheat in the examination hall.
  2. Lie to other people and themselves.
  3. Indulge in fraudulent practices.
  4. Embezzle public funds.
  5. Indulge in cyber crimes.
  6. Fail to read and study for examinations.
    Test Your Academic Knowledge here.
  7. Say what is right but fail to do it.
  8. Steal in any form, including picking up what does not belong to them and keeping it.


Consequences of Dishonesty

  1. Loss of reputation.
  2. A dishonest will end up disgracing himself/herself.
    Please read on the Effects and Solutions to Cultism here.
  3. A dishonest person may be imprisoned.
  4. Loss of customers as a trader.
  5. Dishonesty will lead to other vices such as lying, cheating ad stealing.
  6. A dishonest person becomes unreliable.
  7. Curses may be laid on a dishonest person.
  8. A dishonest person may not find joy and happiness within themselves.

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Alfred Ajibola is a Medical Biochemist, a passionate Academician with over 7 years of experience, a Versatile Writer, a Web Developer, a Cisco Certified Network Associate and a Cisco CyberOps Associate.

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Amazing facts in Civic Education


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 and it goes thus:

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

Read more on cooperation here


1. Direct Cooperation

2. indirect Cooperation

3. Social Cooperation

4. Religious Cooperation

5. Financial Cooperation

6. Community Cooperation

7. Occupational Cooperation

Please read on the details of the types of cooperation here

All human beings are entitled to their rights (Human Rights); but the truth is, we still have got some limitations to some of these Human Rights. Below are 4 limitations:

  1. Soldiers have the right to life but when duty calls, they must be willing to die for their nation if need be.
  2. Although human beings have the right to movement, an insane person may be deprived of this right.
  3. Right to owning a property can be taken away; for instance, if a person is convicted of owning a property through corruption, stealing or another illegal means, such person will be punished in accordance with the law. Their right to those properties will be taken away.
  4. One who uses the right to freedom of speech in bringing about chaos in a democratized society will be penalized by the court of law.

Please on the fundamental human rights here