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Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change?

We Nigerians must be the filthiest people in the whole universe. Honestly, I don’t know how we think. You could be on the road driving or bring driven only for you to notice things being thrown out of a moving vehicle. It’s so annoying! Can’t the dirt wait until you get to your destination and then be disposed of properly?

A lot of us are guilty of this, rich and poor alike because I’ve noticed people roll down their air conditioned cars and throw things out. Utter madness! It is called in my books. Who are you throwing it out for to pick up? Mother Nature in the form of winds or rain? Well, I got news. Mother Nature does not know how to use waste bins either so she just clears it off her path and delivers it to the nearest gutter or canal. This leads to all the floods we experience on the streets of Lagos every time it rains, a great place for malaria breeding mosquitoes to raise their progeny and a huge odour manufacturing plant –it does us absolutely no good and it makes us look like animals.

If you are guilty of this, please inculcate the habit of using waste bins. The dirt won’t turn itself into a rabid dog and bite off your head if it’s held onto until you get to your destination. Let’s keep our environment clean, it’s for a common good.

Need I start on how we pass feces? My goodness, it’s almost as though toilets are unheard of in this country. Traveling in a danfo gives one a panoramic view of things. There are some pieces of land in the Adeniji area that the Lagos state government is trying to reclaim and is currently going through the beautification and landscaping program. The places yet untouched are sites where you must not place your eyes at any given time because if you do, guaranteed, you’ll find grown men and women at different spots squatting and shitting! I sincerely pity the people who have to transform those places into sites of beauty. I heard the government actually employs area boys to do the beautification and landscaping jobs but I hope the governor, commissioner or whoever is in charge of the beautification, engages the people who actually live there - and have made the soil fertile from human waste – to do the cleaning up. Nobody who did not contribute to that dump should be made to go through the horrors of  transforming the place.

Another spot I have noticed is the space between the bridge and houses when you want to link the third mainland bridge from Obalende garage. You’ll find grown men with their pants around their ankles seated on the guard rails passing crap like it is the most natural thing in the world to do! In broad daylight!! Grown men!!

I could go on and on and on but I'm going to take a chill pill now.

We need massive reorientation in this country from the youngest fetus to the oldest corpse.

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hah, this topic is still in existence?

Well, we still haven't changed. People still throw stuff out their cars, shite and pee on street corners and even open roads.

The question still remains, Can we ever change?

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but being clean should start at home not in school

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what you say is totally true but do not forget who you are,a NIGERIAN just like the Nigerians you call dirty because if you say Nigerians are dirty interestingly you are one of us because nobody is a saint .so if you say something first think haven't i behaved the same way before,don't just come here and criticize anyone.always remember we are all Nigerians

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ITS A DISGRACE AND BIG EMBARRASMENT TO SEE ALL THIS HAPPENING IN OUR TOWNS,

EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE EDUCATED ABOUT HYGIENE

I THINK RADIO STATIONS AND TV STATIONS SHD PLAY A MAJOR ROLE IN THIS

THERE SHD BE MASSIVE SENSITIZATION EXERCISE CONCERNING THIS

IT IS AN EYE SORE TO SEE ALL THIS UGLY MESS AROUND,

I DNT THINK IT IS DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE THIS

THE SANITATION UNIT OR WATEVER THEY R CALLED SHD MONITOR THIS

AND CLEANLINESS SHOULD STEM FRM HOMES, KIDS SHD BE TAUGHT CLEANLINESS IN SCHOOLS

I THINK THIS WILL AT LEAST GO A LONG WAY TO IMPROVE OUR DETERIORATING SITUATION.

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I don't think the problem is about Nigerians and their dirty habits. In every city or country in d world, one would definitely find people with clean, decent habits as well as those with dirty habits. What makes our own different is d fact that we don't have sufficient hands that do the cleaning jobs. People will rather go abroad to do dirty jobs than take up a road cleaning job back home. They will rather be 'agberos' in aba or Lagos.

Enough of reiterating the problem like a typical naija, now back to moving forward!

The government really can do something about this, and I suggest every state (particularly states with cities like aba, portharcourt, benin) should borrow a leaf from d cross-river state govt (note that I didn't mention Lagos because I feel that Fashola is really trying). The govt of Cross-River state pays N13,000 monthly to youths to do road cleaning. And believe me, when u are on the streets of calabar, fear no go let u throw away dirty for road wen u see how clean the environment is. because of this, even the people wey govt dey pay that money monthly no dey even see work to do. Abeg shey dat money too much for some oda states to pay?

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Fellow Nigerians,

Let me just tell you that this is not a Nigerian issue alone. I've lived in London my whole life and

to be honest the area I live now (Brixton, south west London) you can see full grown men

unrinating all over the place in broad day light. These men are men of all different nationalities

and origins. They use the public phone boxes and residential communal areas, its awful.

So please this isn't just a Nigerian problem.

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You really made me laugh Sienna. Anyway I`m not going to generalise. I think the whole thing has to do with an individual, how you were brought up and the people you associate with, The other thing is if Nigerians keep quiet and protest in the newspapers and the net about poor service delivery by the Govt, nothing is ever going to change. To some people it may be a barbaric action, but protests are the only language the politicians understand. Start by taking a lot of filth and empty it in your ward councilour or Mayour`s yard, then you will take it from there. If there`s no action, give them a very good hiding. Come to South Africa and you will understand what I`m trying to say.

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I`ve never been to Nigeria myself, but I do have Nigerian friends. They tell me that if a Nigerian lives somewhere else i.e outside their country, they will never want to live in Nigeria permanently again. They tell us their country is shockingly filthy. I dont understand because we non Nigerians think your country is full of rich people, the country is full of money because of oil etc, How come your gov cannot afford basic necessitied like public toilets?

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The issue raised here will not be of any interest or meaning if a solution is not proferred.

Very true, Nigeria is dirty. But it is dirty because most of the people are dirty.

What can be done is that a reorientation campaign be run to senSITISE THEPEOPLE on environmentAL cleanliness.

Of course, I CAN SUGGEST A FIRM TO HANDLE THIS PROJECT,

aND A TASK FORCE BE EMPLOYED TO EXECUTE THIS PROJECT.

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Lol at him slapping the suya paper out of your hand. I don't know why but that's crazily funny.

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needless to say, I don't think it has anything to being a Nigerian.

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@Frizy:  The same thing happened when I visited a year ago.  I carried all my suya paper in my hands looking for a proper place to throw it away.  One of my friends just laughed as he slapped it out of my hands and told me, "this is Nigeria, just throw it on the floor."

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@Kingdong, I'm a girl, not a dude!! Is your name really what it implies? Scary!! LOL

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@seun

O ri e pe jo. God Bless you.

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I believe some of us are guilty.you cannot blame those that throw dirts out their car even though the act is dirty?the reason being that not everybody will remember to put bins in their car.i wish all cars come with bins.especially the commercial cars.The only way we can change is when the kick against indiscipline kai official perform their duty efficiently through imposition of fines on those caught.

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BIG UP to Tollu & Kingdong. I don't understand the Bottom licking on this site ? Seun would say something very foolish REGULARLY : Imagine him justifying dirt & waste throwing on roads,and you'll see other users chanting his praises. Is there a way his online money is getting to his followers ? If there is then I should be told ASAP.

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Well, to me Nigerians are so ,great but we do not respect law. that is why some find themselves in prison for just a little sin or let me call it ingnorance. l read a report on " How to avoid Police and Criminal cases" wounderful. l pitty the

inmates. Nigerians, lets keep our environment clean and respect the LAW of the land.

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please.

Anyone living somewhere with no toilet, should relocate to a cheaper place where they can have a better quality of life.  You can live in Ogun state or somewhere else besides the slums, and commute to lagos daily like so many others are doing. Where there's a will, there'll eventually be a way.

I fully understand and sympathize with people's plight, but sometimes folks should get themselves out of the ghetto before the govt brings bulldozers to force them out.

Lagos slums arent supposed to be a permanent address for anyone.

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@ Nuggard. I think thats the problem right there. Why do grown Bottom people need to be forced to keep their immediate environment clean? Since when is personal hygiene a government thing? So government needs to show us how to wipe our butts too?

For the people talking about bins not being provided, what happened to those that were provided sometime ago? I remember some years ago in Lagos state taxis were provided with little plastic baskets for passengers to put their rubbish into. What happened to them? No-one ever used them.

Truth be told, an overwhelming number of Nigerians have filthy habits. People hawk out nasty green or yellow phlegm from their throats and spit out right on the road. I've seen it countless times. And whats with the pooing in broad day light in full view of everyone? You have to be an animal to do that, whatever the circumstance. I'd rather crap in my pants if I have the runs and there's no-where else to do it. What happened to a little discretion and self-respect?

And whatever happened to environmental sanitation? Most people acted like it was a prison sentence, being confined to your homes for 3 hours one Saturday in a month to clean your environment. Which wouldn't be necessary if it had been done in the first place. Sorry, I forgot, we have to be forced to do everything. Who ever hears of environmental sanitation anymore.

What I don't get is that some of these people maintain clean homes. But outside their gate is a mountain of rubbish and tall grass littered with refuse. Why would someone keep his home so tidy and drop refuse or spit in the street with impunity? Its this same "I got mine" mentality that continues to bedevil us. "What is mine is fine and what is ours is crap", abi?

I couldn't give a rat's Bottom what happens in London or Burkina Faso or how filthy Jo'burg is. I live in Nigeria and that is what concerns me.

And until we get it together and drag our heads out of the sand, we will continue to wallow in filth, disease and denial.

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People are funny sometimes,

Yes some parts of Naija is inevitably dirty,but problems reported generally seem to end with someone trying to point to western countries as examples of how it should be done, sadly it generally is done partially and some folks are still suprised when people get defensive,

In the west a lot of crap which is kept well under wraps goes on, at least in naija folks peeing the bushes when I compare it to some people in the west where there are accessible safe public toilets who will pee on the bus, on the road,on the pavements and vomit everywhere and anywhere because they got so damn drunk they had no control of their faculties on a weekend, or should we discuss the dog poo you will walk into if you dare take your eyes of the pathway, and ofcourse the regular crap is dropped on the road too like is done in naija, but you know what the difference between the west and naija,it's called having a local govt which pays people to clean the mess up daily,does naija have such fortitude ,where should the naija folks pee really with no public loos available, I just can't see this as a like for like comparism at all,

Naija govt has so much work to do,

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we shall start by training ourselves.

also, why not the authorities get some worth of a police to do that.

coz, today the fear of LATSMA in Lagos state is making motorists drive well.

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Nuff said on this topic, big ups to tollu, dreeldee, kingdong and others that have aat least a sense of right and wrong. As for the likes of Seun and his undertows, shame on you, you should know better,

For the record, the OP never said Only nigerians are dirty, read it again but she's referring to the one she's mostly aware of, capisce?

Get real people, we all know the right things to do, then let's do it. simple.

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i repeat. undisputed. dirtiest nation.

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@ Nuggard: Very well said.

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suggestion.

Zonal forced and supervised sanitations should be done.

For instance,The agencies or ministries of works, environment, housing together with the police would on alternate weeks cordon off certain streets and supervise people cleaning their compounds and gutters. If you prevent them from doing their usual saturday trade for 3 weeks they would make it a habit to clean their immediate environments afterwards.

Obviously bigger projects like providing waste bins and disposal are in the hands of the government.

Peeps who are like blah blah everyone else is doing it, the truth is that it is a reflection of the quality of life you that you desire.

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Na wa! Some of the most disgusting replies i have ever read on Nairaland. Joke na joke, serious is serious. Someone raises a very, very, valid topic, Seun who i mistakenly (why, i must have been confused) thought should know better vomits ABSOLUTE RUBBISH, fellow dirty people rush to support their master and the country in general is worse off for it.

If other countries are filthy, must we be? Abeg make seun and im litterbugs carry una nonsense arguement and condemnation for poster go where? Dustbin of course. Only then would you be able to pocket your gala wrap till you see a bin. Wasiu don sing am for una, nko ti o da, o da. No story, anyother thing asides that is a loooooooooooooooooooooooong thing.

Eko o ni baje, the baje wey e don baje before make we in our own little little ways contribute to un baje-ing it and stop blowing big big grammer. ema ya gbe si titi, koda.

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@ frizy, it might sound funny but does it not piss you off when people label you "oyibo" for doing the right thing. Black people sha. Even here in the US (thank God things are changing) it used to be and is still is to a small degree that if you dressed a certain way or spoke a certain way or wanted to do certain things that would only improve your life you were seen as "acting white". Then you are trying to simply dispose of trash and you are labelled oyibo. It makes you wonder if black people in general do not have this idea that white people are just expected to do well and excel while we as blacks should not be expected to do these basic things that a human being should know to do. It is even embarassing that a Nigerian will call you Oyibo for wanting to simply throw away trash responsibly.

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can somebody tell me may be is true waec result is out?

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Where do we pass our shait before ? no be bush ? Abeg leave oyinbo ideas alone , just joking . We need a change ! ok i will still pee anywhere if i dont see a clean public toilet nearby !

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Sweetchi, Tollu did not insult anyone in her post.

She just stated fact, another thing Nigerians in general can't deal with.

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Agree!

@Topic, its not only littering

But seriously, people should learn to stop emptying their bowels on the streets - yak!

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@tollu,watch ur choice of language.dont go about generalizing all Nigerians as the same ok.if u have a reasonable contribution to make in this forum,u do so without being insulting.i advise you to take ur case to the govenors in all the states so that they can start wokin on it.theyare in a better position to do so.

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It's the fine.

Imagine paying $500 for littering. Simple tossing out a cup. That's enough to scare anyone straight. They should implement such in Naija.

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The poster is very correct.

In my opinion, it is *mostly* a cultural thing (I emphasize mostly, it is far from the only reason).  Somehow we Nigerians have subconsciously accepted this behavior, to throw our garbage anywhere.  Everyone does it.

But we also have to look at infrastructure and facilities.  The people you see shitting in public most likely do not have other options in the area (i.e, no public toilets in the area or even in the shacks they live in).  I refuse to believe that if there were choices available, a sane person would chose to do their business out in the open. 

Another point is that waste disposal is a joke in Nigeria.  I mean consistent, professional waste management services do not exist.  Where you put your house's garbage in a designated place and once a week a truck comes and carries it away.   I have always thought that the person who starts a company like WM (http://www.wm.com/, American company that deals with end user waste) would make a killing in Nigeria.  It's not easy, yes, but there is zero competition to face.

Somehow we have to drill it into our heads that it is not OK to throw rubbish anywhere.  At the same time, we need to have proper disposal for this garbage. 

There is no point arresting someone for relieving himself/herself in public when no other choice exists close by. 

Edit: I know Lagos has a state owned waste management program but lets all be realistic, it has only seen limited success.

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Seun, I always thought you were delusional. Now I am certain of it.

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I totally agree with the poster, Nigerians are dirty and we need no comparison for that (don't tell me some other countries are dirtier), let's face our own problems. We're dirty. Just as somebody pointed out on this thread, what i don't like about Nigerians is the fact that, we don't always want to take responsibilities for our actions, instead, we look for justifications for everything either good or bad (especially bad). let every man start practicing personal hygiene, the government won't provide a waste bin in your car neither will you be provided one in your homes. By doing that, we won't be compounding the problems already created by the lack of these basic amenities, which of course is the duty of the government. Instead of waiting for the government to do [b]everything [/b]for us, let's apply commonsensical attitude.

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@Siena, good job.

seun and co pls think carefully before replying to threads. The OP is 100% on point, end of story.

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100% AGREE.

Very interesting thread though I almost barfed in my yogurt at Siena's last post.

tru talk though. Defecating etc shouldnt be done in public. I mean, these are grown people who should know better, illiterate or not.  They arent disabled in any way so they really have no excuse.

@ T Pain:  don't assume everyone you see peeing on the street, is an illiterate.

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The problem with the poster is with using ABSOLUTES.[color=#000099][/color]. ARE NIGERIANS THE ONLY DIRTY PEOPLE? I wonder whether she has ever visited Jos, or Sokoto, or some parts in the North. It is lagos especially that is filthy, and that is mainly because of poor waste management , QED

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Other countries would be just as Dirty if not for the fact that they get a HEAVY FINE for littering.

if Nigeria can install such laws and actually SEE to it that they are enforced, Im sure the amount of filth would decrease

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We're not the dirtiest people in the universe. Come to SA and see dirtiness

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Exactly what I am trying to get out is the fact that the thread reads as if Nigerians are the ones with the problem of never wanting to do the right things. There are many factors that militate against such and I am sure many of those contributing on this forum have either contributed to the reason why things are like that ot are beneficiaries of actions that made us become like that.

If there are no proper amenities, and prohibitors etc in place in many other countries, they'll be just as bad

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Probably.

But, a homeless person emptying their bowels by the roadside's one thing, what happened to bushes?

Many a time have I seen a steaming mound, freshly made, in plain view.

Don't they have any shame?

As per the filthy streets of London, exactly what I was saying - we always seem to see the negatives elsewhere, when we should be dealing with ours.

If Londoners ate faeces, would Nigerians do the same?

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