Nigeria Ranks 2nd In Open Defecation: A Culture Defect Against Sustainability

It is true that nature cannot be avoided. When it calls, no one has the ability to refuse. But could this be the reason many Nigerians respond in the most despicable manner that could attract negative implications apart from portraying an individual as a person that lacks discipline?

From the backyard of an average compound in Nigeria, to public places such as railways, motor parks, filling stations, footpaths, highways, street roads, playing grounds, prayer houses, forests and stadiums, people defecate everywhere.

Unfortunately, this common act has earned Nigeria the rating as the country with the largest number of people that defecate in the open in Africa and second largest globally after India.

A lot of questions have been raised on why many Nigerians engage in open defecation. Sadly, there seems to be no definite answer to these questions.    While some claimed open defecation is due to poverty and lack of government support in providing toilet facilities, in cases where the facilities are available, people still end up defecating in the open.

The environment suffers as a result of open defecation, because it introduces toxins and bacteria into the ecosystem in amounts that it cannot handle or break down at a time. However, critical health watchers believed that the solution to open defecation requires the involvement of individuals, households, and government. But there need to be a change in the narrative. People have to be educated to resist such urges and display discipline. This will go a long way in preserving the environment.


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