Compiled by Garriba Franck in Abuja, Nigeria
Godfrey W. Tafida 53, Jen, Taraba State North East Nigeria, Civil servant.
“The branding of Nigerians in the West as fraudsters and liars is a gross misrepresentation.
“A typical Nigerian demonstrates the phenomenon of a ‘brother’s keeper.’ A typical Nigerian is: one who trusts and can be trusted; one that is considerate to the point of sacrificing his comfort to accommodate visitors and strangers; one that is contented even when nature is unfair; one that is magnanimous, sympathetic and highly tolerant even in the face of obvious maltreatment; one that is wise and discerning; and one that solemnly upholds culture and high moral values. That is a typical Nigerian.”
Kayode Kolade, 50+, a Journalist (from) Ondo State, South West Nigeria,
“A typical Nigerian has the love of his country and the world at heart and does things conscientiously, without being sentimental.
“He is also very loving, caring, and hardworking and enjoys adventures in all ramifications. So, unlike the misinformation and wrong perception of the people in the diaspora, Nigeria remains a great country, worthy to invest in or to die for.”
Mrs Naomi Ibrahim, 38, Community Development Agent (from) Taraba State, North East Nigeria,
“I see Nigerians as very good people compared to their counterparts in other parts of the world. They are doing well in various areas of life, such as education, agriculture, commerce and even culture.
“The few who are living and leading a wayward lifestyle may certainly be copying such bad characters from people of the various communities they reside in. This is because I’m very certain that most Nigerians living within the country and in other parts of the world not only have the fear of God but also take issues of religion more seriously than people in other continents of the world.
“And we know pretty well that religion shapes the human character. If there is any negative behaviour by any Nigerian, I suspect that it must be a borrowed trait, probably from their diasporan associates from other countries outside the African continent.
“The talks about lack of reputation by Nigerians are usually about the men. I would vouch for the Nigerian women to be so dedicated to their duties as mothers, housewives, community leaders, and other roles they play in society.”
Mr Haruna Izah 58, Journalist (from) Borno State origin, North East Nigeria,
“While there is no denying the fact that some Nigerians in the diaspora do engage in fraudulent activities, which by the way is not restricted to Nigerians only, the overwhelming percentage of Nigerians living outside the country’s shores are honest, law-abiding and hardworking individuals making enormous contributions to those countries they reside in.
“So, even as one condemns those few bad eggs for tarnishing the image of the country and plead with them to immediately stop any such criminal activity, on the whole, Nigerians should feel proud of their country, not only because of the enormous achievements the country has made in the field of education but also because of its contributions to world peace, such as its peace-keeping efforts and assistance to needy countries.”