Civic Education

Attributes and Benefits of Honesty

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

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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

What is Honesty?

Honesty is one of the core values required of a citizen. Without honesty, a nation will be considered as corrupt; 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 has been laid on it in the Nigerian pledge which must be recited daily by every Nigerian student (primary and secondary). It 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 does not cheat or steal in any form. He does what is right regardless of who's watching or who's not.

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. In the same sense, there are also many good virtues that can result from the honesty we practice and we shall consider some of these below.

It's a great idea you also read on the real meaning of honesty here


Attributes of Honesty

  • Loyalty

When you are honest with all you dealings, you will earn the loyalty of people. Take for instance; honesty is a key factor required by a business men/women in order to gain loyal customers. This is true because the customers will be confident in patronizing them since they trust in their product or services. Similarly, a loyal person will always be faithful to one who is honest. 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 you are not trusted by the people around you; it may imply that you are quite a dishonest person. There is this saying that:

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

Truthfulness will always go alongside with honesty. The security department of certain 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 from the road side and this why the citizens may incorrectly classify all of them as dishonest.


  • Trustworthiness

A person will be considered to be trustworthy when he/she had shown the quality of being good, sincere, honest and reliable. People who have shown some level of honesty will eventually become trustworthy. 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. If the 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 we may still have 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 they have 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. Honesty is quite important 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".


Benefits of Honesty

  1. Respect and admiration is earned from other people.
  2. Amidst all conditions, a honest person still enjoys joy and happiness.
  3. Honesty restores peace, unity, progress, solidarity and development to a country.
  4. Honesty makes you eligible for a greater responsibility.
  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.


Note: 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.
  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.
  3. A dishonest person may be imprisoned.
  4. Loss of customers as a trader.
  5. Dishonesty will lead to other vices such as 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.


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