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Hard work, God, others, key values among Nigerians – Foundation

By Prince Okafor
AGOS—A survey has indicated that hard work; reverences for God are among the two most highly- prized values among Nigerians.

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This was the view of the Founder and Chairman of the Foundation for Values for Normative Change, Mr. Tunde Fagbenle, after a survey.

The survey, conducted between January 27 and February 9, 2019, revealed that, 25 per cent of the respondents or 54 of them said hard work was the most important value, reverence for God’ was next with 24 per cent or 51 of the respondents polled.

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In a statement signed by Fagbenle said: “The Face book poll conducted among 214 randomly chosen Nigerians, was designed to test the value preference for a better Nigeria. Apart from hard work and reverence for God, three other values highlighted in the survey are, integrity (23 per cent), honesty (15 per cent) and kindness (13 per cent).”

Responding to the survey, the Executive Director of Aflon Digital Institute and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Akin Fapohunda, said: “It is quite surprising that 25 per cent of the respondents thought hard work best represents the underpinning of their values. This may be quite strange indeed, in the context of our ‘It is well’ or ’God is in control’ mentality of leaving most things for supernatural intervention.

“In a country where our sense of values has been evolving over the years and over different epochs, the survey is an indicative poll that should prepare the grounds for a more comprehensive test.

Also, a former director of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, Mr. Pascal Ebohohimen, said that the findings have implications for our families and leadership quality.”

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Ebohohimen said: “Families should imbibe key spiritual and cultural values, adding that the values highlighted in the survey were linked to and rooted in the family, from where leaders emerge.”

“Parents, guardians and religious bodies have a responsibility to inculcate in their members these espoused values that would make them effective leaders.”

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