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Are Nigerians Really Patriotic?

Shortly after the 9/11 in the united states,the government introduced the "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism" codenamed "usa patriot act"

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA_PATRIOT_ACT?wasRedirected=true

  with the act in place despite its undemocratic modus operandi,the national security of america was considered paramount above other interests and the citizens complied,,but here in nigeria after series of incidents which a civi war between the igbo and the military government,series of religious and tribal clashes between the yorubas,hausa and igbos-sectionalism,nepotism and tribalism among all the tribes.,only a few nigerians believe in the oneness of nigeria;most believe and are loyal to their ethnic,,so what is the way forward?,isnt it high time we legislate a 9ja patriot act that will harness all the tribes in the country instead of thinking of breakaway

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In short, in the issue of patriotism versus tolerance, tolerance is what needs to be taught nigerians.

If they cant tolerate each other then patriotism is an unattainable goal, no matter how many schools, youth service programs, or funds are invested in promoting it.

A situation where the myriads of cult members are taught to recognize only themselves and view people outside their group, as undesirable outsiders to be eliminated by any means possible, is more at home in nazi germany, where such doctrines are inculcated into youngsters right from their pre-university years.

Starting from the ATR proponents, to the christian and muslim groups, open discourse is needed.

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Promoting patriotism and ignoring the need to promote tolerance, hasnt really worked in this country.

There are so many govt programs and implementations which were designed to encourage nigerians to be patriotic, not sure they've improved the country so far, the level of intolerance nigerians have for themselves remains one of the highest for any nationality.

I think tolerance is far more more important than patriotism, at this point in time.

And no, intermarriage does not and has not increased patriotism or tolerance in nigeria. It might increase you personally, nothing to do with nigeria.

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It is an endeavor bordering on rascality to query Nigerians about patriotism on a country that was unpatriotically conceived

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Nigerians are just extreme.

they're extremely patriotic if Nigeria is attacked by non Nigerians, and extremely unpatriotic when talking to other Nigerians about Nigeria.

i also agree Nigerians like Nigeria but hate Nigerians

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of course we are the most patrotic people in the world.

if not for patrotism, why world pdp be taking all of us for a ride yet we are not pushing for war?

if not for patrotism, why will a single who sleeps with his son's wife impose a sick man on us yet we kept quiet?

yes we are patrotic to a fault. in our patrotism, we are allowing a missing and mentally challanged man to remain our president.

in fact, another name for nigeria is patrotism.

did u see jubrtil aminu even concerned abt usa policy on middle east - over patrotism. have u seen a young nigerian ready to die for others in a suicide bambing attempt? over patrotism.

are u aware that most of us have decided in our patrotic abilities to allow yar adua even in death to go for second and third term as president of nigeria.

nigeria's second name is patrotism.

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what kind of citizens pray for the death of their president.d u m mies i guessed?

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naija-ians---- the patriotism comes depending on situation. but sha it depends on what you define as patriotism? if it means willing to defend your country, i can say yes! it is only a foolish man that will watch a foreigner speak ill of his country and support such a person. though i can say most of us wont be willing to die for our country! who can?

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How do you measure Paatrotism ?

I think the worst set of unpatriotic Nigerians are the "runaway" Nigerians living abroad who have never visited Nigeria in the last ten years and all they do is castigate, criticize and blame government.

They are scared to return or visit home because they have no base so all they do is pull the system dowm .

Of course there are great Nigerians abroad

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Yes most nigerians are patriotic , when we're winning (football)

we only just complain a lot

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I think it is only football that unites Nigerians.

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naija for life, I present my country anytime anywhere

PROUDLY A NIGERIAN, I CAN DIE FOR MY COUNTRY

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Most Nigerian are patriotic by telling ourselve the truth. Speaking against what seems to be wrong and giving praises where neccessary. But many thinks speaking good of Nigeria even when is walking blindly into a pit is being patriotic.

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Without doubt but why is this silly post

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no we arent and dotn listen to the lies some will say

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No we are not because no leader has shown to us what real patriotism is. Until the leaders teach us what real patriotism is, same old Nigeria remains

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@ Rossike: it became much easier for the chinese to open businesses in Nigeria because they have enormous access to capital for business development.

Only the RICH in Nigeria have such access to such capital <which they often squander>and  NOT the average Nigerian who may have a very wise and intelligent business idea that can help move Nigeria forward.

Nothing exists in vacuum. 

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Hmm, It is understandable that a lot of you are appalled with the level of decadence in the polity now, the senility of the present government and the boisterous looter of yesterday screamin in our faces! However, patriotism does not stem out of the reactions to all there ill situations, it is a true love for the motherland regardless of the present anomalies. There is a funny cycle here that has kept us in chains for a while: nigerians are suffering because we are not patriotic, and we are not patriotic because we are suffering. We are part of a hypocritical mill, those self denying traitors that pack their bags and run to the west only find out they are an inferior breed and soon run back flauntin their distorted speech in our faces like they were made kings over there, we know better. Until we are ready to collectively regain our freedom from the imperialistic monarchy personalized by the PDP we shall keep moanin and playin the self-pity role in this film. Their blood would water the tree of freedom!

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Many of these unpatriotic Nigerians need to GET THE HELL OUT OF THE COUNTRY AND STOP BOTHERING THE REST OF US.

Why not go and live in Sierra Leone or Uganda, then you know what real suffering is. BELIEVE ME I KNOW, COS I'VE BEEN TO THOSE PLACES, AND NIGERIA IS PARADISE COMPARED TO THEM.

Hopeless, perennial  MOANERS.

I hear of some fools spending up to $10,000, $20,000 to queue up at the embassy to emigrate to UK and US where the majority will end up doing menial, dead-end jobs like cab driving and security officer.

Yet with just $2,000 you can start a HIGHLY LUCRATIVE BUSINESS in Nigeria, that will increase your prosperity if you devoted ONE TENTH as much effort to it as you do to waking up at 4am to queue at the US embassy, or to working as a kitchen porter in Europe.

Rubbish. Abeg go to hell, useless idiots. Perennial MOANERS.

Is it not the Chinese that are flooding this same Nigeria to open up restaurants, gyms, and other services left right and centre?

Do they have two heads?

The same China that is experiencing an unprecedented boom in their own country.

Yet all the way from there they can smell the opportunities which abound in Nigeria, where Nigerians only see ''problems''. Complaining from morning till night.

Nonsense! Abeg get lost. Useless MOANERS.

Time wasters!!

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about the topic, i think to a certain level we are patriotic ,our own definition of the word just different small. our "e go beta" attitude towards dis country sef could be considered patriotism. if na some countries wetin dey hapen 4 naija dey happen, u wont believe the kind of chaos they will be in.e go times 10 our own

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I am a patriotic Nigerian. Only God knows why but I love the country no be small,

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Patrotic for where?

If you are a Yoruba where would you patrotism begins and ends. Is it to Omo Ibo who would be stabbing you in the back. Abi na this Hausa Yaradua man who doesn't care about anybody except himself and his tribe.

We Nigerians would never be PATROTIC because we haven't got the tool to make us patrotic

Patrotism is derived from using your mother's tongue language to express your feelings, your emotions and your love to others. It's only from language you can get genuie patrotism, I will always love anyone- black, brown, yellow or white- who can speak my Yoruba Yoruba with me.

For example, I don't know if you know that, some Nigerians  had to go and learn Hausa language in other to get contrct from the federal government. Some Nigerians had to change their name to mallam in other to get admission into university. To survive in Iboland you need to speak kedu, odunnma, else you will be used for *******.

No Patrotism my brother, my one and only identity is Yoruba, Nigeria is secondry.

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Yes NIGERIANS are SECTIONISTS,CHAOTIC,TRIBALIST, NAME THEM.These makes NIGERIANS PATRIOTIC.PEACE!!

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Re: Are Nigerians Really Patriotic?

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Patriotic to a Satan kingdom, a Devil Paradise, a Stinking Cage Rule by an Al-Quida train President. mess Nigeria.

mess that Name Nigeria, I wish i killed Dirty Stinking Nigeria Soldiers as many as i wanted. Nigeria is a Monkey Name, Rule by Monkey people.

speak for yourself willy,we can make Nigeria better we keep complaining about this country not knowing we are the ones destroying it ourselves.

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Patriotic to a Satan kingdom, a Devil Paradise, a Stinking Cage Rule by an Al-Quida train President. Bleep Nigeria.

Bleep that Name Nigeria, I wish i killed Dirty Stinking Nigeria Soldiers as many as i wanted. Nigeria is a Monkey Name, Rule by Monkey people.

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i don't know if anyone is as patriotic as i am

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Nigerians are the most unpatriotic nationality I know. SAYS WHO?

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Right now NO. But will be When it starts doing good. Play a part. good part hopefully.

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Nigerians are the most unpatriotic nationality I know.

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Arise, O Compatriots" (1978-present)

Arise, O compatriots,

Nigeria's call obey

To serve our Fatherland

With love and strength and faith.

The labour of our heroes past

Shall never be in vain,

To serve with heart and might

One nation bound in freedom, peace and unity.

Read the national anthem you will notice that everything that is happening in nigeria today is the exact opposite to our national anthem. Nigerians are not patriotic

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Personally i think the talk of "unity in cultural diversity" is just ironical and total crap. Now that the sick dude is in power, his people are all in high posts. then a red cap wearing chap will come from nowhere with his people and 'ndigborise' everywhere. the truth is, it all starts with each and everyone of us. If your distant distant distant cousin, needs a post in your firm and he isn't qualified and you tell him no, then that's a start, if otherwise, we'll keep on going round and round, and round and round. i wonder if they don't even get dizzy sef!

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Why will there be patriotism in a country that has no regards for its citizens? Look at the just much-publicized ASUU strike. It took the same Government more than 3 years to sign an agreement for the bettterment of education yet it has education as its priority. Even the fortunate who can get higher education, where is the job? Present a visa to an average Nigerian now and see his reaction.

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Not really close to it.

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Hmmm, my patriotic spirit only comes out during football matches and when a Non-Nigerian disses Nigeria and Nigerians.

If na that one I fit bo shirt and sokoto follow the person fight - lol

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Only during football.

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Nigerians LOVE Nigeria BUT hate other Nigerians-----

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