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Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by tollu: 1:24pm On Sep 05, 2008
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.
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by Seun(m): 1:38pm On Sep 05, 2008
First of all, the whole of Nigeria is not as dirty as you describe.  Just some parts of Lagos, and Aba.

People throwing things out of their vehicles: yes, that's bad, but it's not the reason we have floods in Lagos.  We have floods in Lagos because it rains a lot.  That's all there is to it.  The gutters are not clogged because people throw waste in their gutters; the gutters are clogged because there's no place for the water to flow into.  Much of Lagos is around sea level and the gutters don't reach everywhere.  Many roads don't have gutters at all.   

Question: Why don't Nigerians always use waste bins.  Answer: which waste bins?

Why do Nigerians often pee in the bushes instead of peeing in toilets?  Answer: which toilets?  When was the last time you saw a public toilet in Oshodi or by the side of any road in Lagos?  What do you do when you have to pee and there's no toilet close by?   Question: Where do white people pee when they are camping?  Answer: In the bushes, just like Lagosians.  If you have a problem with that, go and construct public toilets in Oshodi.

Nigerians and their habit of complaining instead of taking concrete steps: can we ever change? wink
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by A2J(m): 1:45pm On Sep 05, 2008
@seun

Gbam, well said
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by arramyjay: 1:53pm On Sep 05, 2008
Seun:

First of all, the whole of Nigeria is not as dirty as you describe. Just some parts of Lagos, and Aba.

People throwing things out of their vehicles: yes, that's bad, but it's not the reason we have floods in Lagos. We have floods in Lagos because it rains a lot. That's all there is to it. The gutters are not clogged because people throw waste in their gutters; the gutters are clogged because there's no place for the water to flow into. Much of Lagos is around sea level and the gutters don't reach everywhere. Many roads don't have gutters at all.

Question: Why don't Nigerians always use waste bins. Answer: which waste bins?

Why do Nigerians often pee in the bushes instead of peeing in toilets? Answer: which toilets? When was the last time you saw a public toilet in Oshodi or by the side of any road in Lagos? What do you do when you have to pee and there's no toilet close by? Question: Where do white people pee when they are camping? Answer: In the bushes, just like Lagosians. If you have a problem with that, go and construct public toilets in Oshodi.

Nigerians and their habit of complaining instead of taking concrete steps: can we ever change? wink


Seun walahi u are just too much,thank u my brother o,she probably doesnt live in niger becos if she does she shudnt have wrote any of things.
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by ademiller(f): 1:59pm On Sep 05, 2008
SISTER WHY R U RANTING AND RAVING NA?


SWEAR SAY U NEVER THROW CHEWING GUM WRAPPER FROM A MOVIN BUS B4?


PROVIDE LAGOS WIT WASTE BASKETS, STAND BESIDE THESE BASKETS AND MAKE SURE THEY DEPOSIT REFUSE IN IT, I PERMIT U TO LAY UR FRUSTRATION ON ANY 1 WHO DOES NOT PUT D REFUSE THERE, AT LEASE THAT WOULD TEACH THEM angry
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by oziomatv(m): 2:00pm On Sep 05, 2008
She need to rephrase her headlines to come up with something meaningful.

WE CAN EVER CHANGE NIGERIANS DIRTY HABITS:
    what you wrote has being writting since 50years ago, we expert you t come up with solution not repeating the problems.
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by Epiphany(m): 2:03pm On Sep 05, 2008
Seun:

First of all, the whole of Nigeria is not as dirty as you describe.  Just some parts of Lagos, and Aba.

People throwing things out of their vehicles: yes, that's bad, but it's not the reason we have floods in Lagos.  We have floods in Lagos because it rains a lot.  That's all there is to it.  The gutters are not clogged because people throw waste in their gutters; the gutters are clogged because there's no place for the water to flow into.  Much of Lagos is around sea level and the gutters don't reach everywhere.  Many roads don't have gutters at all.  

Question: Why don't Nigerians always use waste bins.  Answer: which waste bins?

Why do Nigerians often pee in the bushes instead of peeing in toilets?  Answer: which toilets?  When was the last time you saw a public toilet in Oshodi or by the side of any road in Lagos?  What do you do when you have to pee and there's no toilet close by?   Question: Where do white people pee when they are camping?  Answer: In the bushes, just like Lagosians.  If you have a problem with that, go and construct public toilets in Oshodi.

Nigerians and their habit of complaining instead of taking concrete steps: can we ever change? wink


Lets not castigate the writer of the post because i can understand his point of view. Because there are no waste bins around does not mean we should throw waste around indiscriminately. Neither is that reason that people, grown men, women or children should defecate openly because there are no public toilets. For Gods sake, i have seen people doing their stuff right there in the open, at Adeniji, just coming off the 3rd mainland bridge and at CMS, just a little distance from the entrance into VI. THAT IS NOT GOOD. Even if there are no toilets around, simple etiquette warrants that they 'hide' themselves to do their stuff.

Nigerians are in the habit of complaining, YES, why not? When the powers that be can not, or rather, WILL NOT, provide the amenities that they should, why wont we complain? Besides, it is not only Naija's that complain. EVERY BODY EVERYWHERE COMPLAINS. i live in the UK now and everyone is complaining now, due to the 'apparent economic downturn'. Americans are complaining because of Bush. The Israelites complained to Moses, EVERYONE COMPLAINS when things are not as they should be and certainly in Nigeria, things are not as they should be.
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by alex406(m): 2:07pm On Sep 05, 2008
I wonder why she is raking and making noise.
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by elozino: 2:12pm On Sep 05, 2008
hmm

well i think d poster made good observations
which all of us are guilty of (including d poster)
so we should talk of something more important
and not habits like throwing dirt and shitting all
over the place

@Seun
you talk well my brother
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by carmelily: 2:29pm On Sep 05, 2008
Seun:

First of all, the whole of Nigeria is not as dirty as you describe.  Just some parts of Lagos, and Aba.

You are right. Parts of Lagos and Aba are super-filthy (i've lived in both places) but the at least 18 other Nigerian cities i've visited or lived in have areas that are as dirty as the poster describes. People just don't care about proper sanitation. indiscriminate noseblowing, spitting, littering, etc. My greatest fear during the SARS epidemic in China was that it should not spread to naija because we'll all be wiped out in a week max.

Seun:

The gutters are not clogged because people throw waste in their gutters;

huh?

Seun:

Question: Why don't Nigerians always use waste bins.  Answer: which waste bins?

Even where waste bins are provided, many people ignore them. ATM machine sites are a case in point. Eateries are another.

Why do Nigerians often pee in the bushes instead of peeing in toilets?  Answer: which toilets?


we go die if we build our own toilets? Government this, government that.  Ariaria market, Aba, as big as it is, suffers terrible flooding whenever it rains and all those millionaire traders literally sit on stools in the flood waters rather than rally together to solve their problems.


Seun:

Question: Where do white people pee when they are camping?  Answer: In the bushes, just like Lagosians. 

are all these Nigerians peeing and shitting in the streets camping? I saw a fully grown man shyting at the gate of UCH, Ibadan. He looked sane enough, dressed for work. I saw fully grown men performing the same exercise at the bus stop in Idumota. could hardly believe my eyes. Seun, were they camping?


Nigerians and their habit of complaining instead of taking concrete steps: can we ever change? wink

post that as a new topic and you'll get my two cents then grin
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by tollu: 2:32pm On Sep 05, 2008
Seun:

First of all, the whole of Nigeria is not as dirty as you describe.  Just some parts of Lagos, and Aba.

Aren't the peeps in Lagos and Aba Nigerians? 

Seun:

People throwing things out of their vehicles: yes, that's bad, but it's not the reason we have floods in Lagos. 

Lol. Sincerly, after I submitted and read the post, I noticed the dirt causing flood part and wanted to change the 'leads to floods' part to 'contribute to floods'. I should have done that, took nairalanders habits for picking out every word, letter and analysingit for granted.



To those asking what I have done to change the situation:

I wish It could be honestly said that I have taken concrete steps to making a change but that would be lying.
If it's any good, Recycling and waste management is one of the areas i'm looking into (for about 3 years now) and  would surely make an impact soon.

Epiphany, my feelings exactly. We can all make a change in our different little ways

I'm not used to making lenghty replies so please don't think I'm skirting issues o. I'll be back
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by dudubobo1: 2:33pm On Sep 05, 2008
@Seun, good talk.

Who said we should not throw things around when there are no bins? Any human being will do it. You need to come and see what my work place looks like and it's all oyinbo people. . . only me be dudu.

You should come and witness where oyinbo people piss at night. The pish on the Streets, in front of offices and just anywhere at all
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by moyosore: 2:38pm On Sep 05, 2008
From the tone of you guys writing, it shows like you guys are not involved in any of these animalistic behaviour.you dont do it? why?
i know you have good reasons why you are not involve in these dirty habits.
these are the same reasons why others should not do it. i believe the LASG gradually will get there,
but pls, lets start helping them by controlling ourselves. PLEASE
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by feg: 2:50pm On Sep 05, 2008
i believe in we can change, (obamaniac)

seun you are absolutely right!

we all need to play our good part in society and quit complaining, personally i never throw trash out of the car, so you can imagine what my car looks like! grin
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by pearlyseed(f): 2:50pm On Sep 05, 2008
Everybody seems to be hailing Seun for what he said and criticising the poster. How absurb ! The poster raised a very valid point which i think we all should take a cue from and make amends where necessary.

Lets try in our own little way to keep our own area clean and watch the transformation that will happen when each person takes responsibility for his surroundings.
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by tsa: 3:03pm On Sep 05, 2008
it is good as we are discussing this topic.If we all will do the right thing and do things right this country will be a lovely place to live.Thanks
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by hanen(f): 3:09pm On Sep 05, 2008
Another bad habit right there of ours: Justifying bad behaviour. There's no excuse for living in dirty surroundings, or throwing junk out your window.
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by topelenege: 3:11pm On Sep 05, 2008
Tollu, I support you all the way. Come to my street in Port-harcourt and see the filth after a heavy rainfall. The whole street is littered with dirt.(Always after the rain)!  angry
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by Tats(m): 3:16pm On Sep 05, 2008
pearlyseed:

Everybody seems to be hailing Seun for what he said and criticising the poster. How absurb ! The poster raised a very valid point which i think we all should take a cue from and make amends where necessary.

Lets try in our own little way to keep our own area clean and watch the transformation that will happen when each person takes responsibility for his surroundings.

It is the usual thing that happens when you complain about the absurd things that go on in our country. They simply castigate you that you should come up with solutions. Is refuse management Rocket science that you need a nerd to come up with solutions? Have you not seen where options or solutions are provided to us and we do not use them or we convert them to something else or a den for evil things?

Even when dustbins were provided in Lagos danfos, people still threw things out of the window. If you are driving a private car, why shouldn't you leave the rubbish in the car and throw it in the bin when you arrive your destination. Afterall, there is usually a bin close to the gate of most houses especially in Lagos and you can throw the refuse as soon as you get to the house or office. Yet people throw things out of moving cars because they do not want to keep their cars dirty! Do something in your own little way to make things better and we can't!

The place at Obalende garage where the flyover takes you to third mainland bridge where people sit on the bridge railing and pass faeces (that the poster described) is the most disgusting place I have ever seen in my life! It can make someone throw up. Faeces have mounted and formed some sort of aggregation of anthill looking mounds that are as high as 4 metres! Go and provide mobile toilets and see if people will use them properly or use them at all.

hanen:

Another bad habit right there of ours: Justifying bad behaviour. There's no excuse for living in dirty surroundings, or throwing junk out your window.

Perfect writing!
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by panteleonk: 3:16pm On Sep 05, 2008
seun , please shut up your smelling mouth ans say what you know is right. stupid idiot.
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by Folanre(m): 3:19pm On Sep 05, 2008
@ Tolu,  good write-up, irrespective of the criticism it has generated so far. I will only opined that u come up with antidote(s) that will help us deal incisively with the misdeamenour you have raised.
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by Epiphany(m): 3:19pm On Sep 05, 2008
pearlyseed:

Everybody seems to be hailing Seun for what he said and criticising the poster. How absurb ! The poster raised a very valid point which i think we all should take a cue from and make amends where necessary.

Lets try in our own little way to keep our own area clean and watch the transformation that will happen when each person takes responsibility for his surroundings.

Thot i was the only one that noticed this,

panteleonk:

seun , please shut up your smelling mouth ans say what you know is right. stupid idiot.

Lol, Oga, small small now! I know you are upset but there is no need to explode - even though naija matter dey cause am sha!
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by MrCrackles(m): 3:22pm On Sep 05, 2008
panteleonk:

seun , please shut up your smelling mouth ans say what you know is right. stupid idiot.

shocked shocked shocked
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by Nobody: 3:24pm On Sep 05, 2008
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Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by gentysho(m): 3:29pm On Sep 05, 2008
it really has nothing to do with nigerians, hygine is an individual thing
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by tollu: 3:30pm On Sep 05, 2008
pearlyseed:

Everybody seems to be hailing Seun for what he said and criticising the poster. How absurb ! The poster raised a very valid point which i think we all should take a cue from and make amends where necessary.

That's a trend to be looked out for on Nairaland. Some people just Identify with him for no visibly valid reason. Seems like ass licking to me and makes me wonder if money made online by Seun can be shared. funny peeps. Each to his own though

topelenege:

Tollu, I support you all the way. Come to my street in Port-harcourt and see the filth after a heavy rainfall. The whole street is littered with dirt.(Always after the rain)!  angry

Lol, that's because some people seem to believe the rains will wash it all away. Yes it will, but na the front of another person house water go dump am.

hanen:

Another bad habit right there of ours: Justifying bad behaviour. There's no excuse for living in dirty surroundings, or throwing junk out your window.

Thank you!!!!

Tats:

The place at Obalende garage where the flyover takes you to third mainland bridge where people sit on the bridge railing and pass faeces (that the poster described) is the most disgusting place I have ever seen in my life! It can make someone throw up. Faeces have mounted and formed some sort of aggregation of anthills that are as high as 4 metres! Go and provide mobile toilets and see if people will use them properly or use them at all.

Man, that place is crazily disgusting. Thought of it makes me wanna puke.

Folanre:

@ Tolu,  good write-up, irrespective of the criticism it has generated so far. I will only opined that u come up with antidote(s) that will help us deal incisively with the misdeamenour you have raised.

Thank you. I really want to change my world but at the same time we can all find ways of making this better.
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by BluMalam(m): 3:39pm On Sep 05, 2008
carmelily:

You are right. Parts of Lagos and Aba are super-filthy (i've lived in both places) but the at least 18 other Nigerian cities i've visited or lived in have areas that are as dirty as the poster describes. People just don't care about proper sanitation. indiscriminate noseblowing, spitting, littering, etc. My greatest fear during the SARS epidemic in China was that it should not spread to naija because we'll all be wiped out in a week max.

huh?

Even where waste bins are provided, many people ignore them. ATM machine sites are a case in point. Eateries are another.


we go die if we build our own toilets? Government this, government that.  Ariaria market, Aba, as big as it is, suffers terrible flooding whenever it rains and all those millionaire traders literally sit on stools in the flood waters rather than rally together to solve their problems.


are all these Nigerians peeing and shitting in the streets camping? I saw a fully grown man shyting at the gate of UCH, Ibadan. He looked sane enough, dressed for work. I saw fully grown men performing the same exercise at the bus stop in Idumota. could hardly believe my eyes. Seun, were they camping?


post that as a new topic and you'll get my two cents then grin





RIGHT ON TARGET! Couldn't have said it better.
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by tpia: 3:40pm On Sep 05, 2008
Both Seun and the OP are right. The miscommunication here is that the thread title could be open to misinterpretation by daft people.


People should keep their trash inside their vehicles. Why would you open your car window to throw something out? Keep it in your car until you get to your destinaton.

And folks should stop peeing on the street plz. Privates should be kept private nah.



Its a well known fact that lagos and many other Nigerian cities are overcrowded. Thats why its majorly cities that have this problem of excessive trash, and not the villages. Short of the government declaring a state of emergency on the trash problem like Italy did, it would be hard to get people organized enough to handle the mountains of trash generated by overcrowding.
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by hollandis(f): 3:42pm On Sep 05, 2008
NORTHERNERS ARE THE DIRTIEST angry.YOU NEED TO GO TO KATSINA OR KANO ON A RAINY DAY undecided
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by tpia: 3:45pm On Sep 05, 2008
hollandis:

NORTHERNERS ARE THE DIRTIEST angry.YOU NEED TO GO TO KATSINA OR KANO ON A RAINY DAY undecided

can you carry your tribalist sentiment to another thread?
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by Outstrip(f): 3:46pm On Sep 05, 2008
My mom grew up in Aba and she says that the gutters kept flowing as long as they were kept clean. It is not always because there is no where for the water to go. It is becasue people just do not do what they are supposed to do. There are still part sof enugu that are spotless because the gutters are regularly cleaned. I don't know about lagos though. Lagos is simply filthy to me.
Re: Nigerians And Dirty Habits: Can We Ever Change? by savanaha: 3:47pm On Sep 05, 2008
I totally disagree with Seuns comment. Floods have nothing to do with people throwing trash out of their cars. Nastiness is nastiness any way you look at it. The government should put out trash cans so people walking can put it in there and the those in their cars can leave the trash in their cars till they get to their destination.

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