Monday, 14 September 2015

#MustRead: Core Value 6 - LIBERTY by Bobby Udoh


To see positive change in our country Nigeria, I believe a good number of Nigerians have a role to play and in order to do that, we will need a change of mindset and attitude towards national issues. 

In my campaign to drive patriotic act, I find Bobby's nation building digest very relevant in helping Nigerians to build a new mindset for a New and better Nigeria. Have been following his article on Core values and I also share his monthly release on my blog. Read his September Digest below:

After studying the attitude of Nigerians for years now as part of my nation-building work, I wrote an article titled "Core Values: The Missing Ingredient". In that article, I posited that: Continue after the cut.........

“I am fully persuaded that our greatest need is for a critical mass of citizens to adopt, practice, teach and inspire these values in and through their lives. In doing so, we do not only provide the much needed foundation for credible leadership but more than that, we will see a significant rise in credible leadership at all levels of governance and in all sectors (the home, school, place of worship, workplace) of our nation.”

In his book, “The Heart of America: Ten Core Values That Make Our Country Great”, Bill Halamandaris listed ten core values that built America. Ten values with proven ability to build a world superpower:

Compassion Opportunity Responsibility Equality

Valour Ambition Liberty Unity Enterprise Spirituality

For the month of September, my focus will be on the seventh core value – Liberty. The remaining three months of the year will be dedicated to the remaining three values. You can read about the first six values – Compassion, Opportunity, Responsibility, Equality, Valour and Ambition here.

What is Liberty?

According to the Webster dictionary, Liberty is, “The state of being free, the power to do as one pleases, freedom from despotic control, and the power of choice.” Liberty is not only the power but it is also the right to act, believe or express oneself as one pleases. In its original Latin form, the word means ‘free’ and that means Liberty is also known as freedom. That power and right of freedom includes freedom of religion, freedom of speech and thought, freedom of association and all personal freedoms required to ensure the full legitimate expression of man.

I believe the extent of our development as a nation is tied to the extent of ours and our neighbour’s liberty. Therefore, we will build and sustain a developed Nigeria as we vigorously pursue freedom for ourselves and equally fight for the freedom of others.

What benefits does this value bring to nation-building?

To see this value in action, we will look at it from its association with the other nation-building core values.

Compassion: Liberated citizens are capable of turning pity into compassion. Pity usually does what many in society are doing but compassion is a rare action compelled by the liberated minds of those who can think, speak and act for themselves.

We desperately need compassionate citizens but that can only happen when we have liberated citizens.

Opportunity: Those who are not free will only see problems and that is because society or religion dictates what they see. Liberated citizens have broken free from such moulds and have adopted the growth mindset that enables them identify or create opportunities for personal and national development.

Responsibility: Through liberty, we are able to take responsibility for what society says is the responsibility of those in authority. Through responsibility, we become responsible and accountable for our thoughts, words and actions granted through liberty.

Equality: Liberty produces citizens who believe that we are all equals despite our ethnic group, religion and social standing. These liberated citizens are equipped to demand consistently for economic and social equality in our country.

Valour: Through liberty, we are able to remove societal boundaries and threats, and rise up with courage to launch out to display compassion, responsibility, equality, ambition, unity, enterprise, spirituality and harness opportunity.

It must be made clear that liberty will have to be fiercely fought for, with valour, to attain it for ourselves and for other Nigerians. This is not a task for the government but for liberated citizens.

Ambition: Liberty provides the opportunity to fulfil our ambitions because it removes the mental block that hinders our ability to develop a strong desire to accomplish something great for Nigeria and the willingness to strive for its attainment.

Unity: Liberty produces citizens who believe in, and work for, the unity of all Nigerians (despite our peculiarities). These citizens have been liberated from the ethnic and religious politics used by our politicians to divide us, and as such, they think, speak and act Nigerian instead of Northerner or Southerner.

Enterprise: A liberated mind is one of the biggest incentives for the spirit of enterprise. Such citizens have the ability to generate unique solutions and approaches to address our challenges and are also open to new ideas from others.

Spirituality: As a foundational value, true spirituality gives birth to liberty. Citizens are able to become and remain liberated in thoughts, words and actions because of their faith in a God who has made them free and seeks for them to make others free.

It is pertinent to add that values such as compassion, responsibility, equality and spirituality help check the potential excesses of liberty.

How do we develop Liberty as a core value?

Through study: We must first admit that we are not liberated. Only after such an admission would we become willing to shift from a fixed to a growth mindset and remove mental blocks created by society (parents, teachers, religious and political leaders). We must also consistently read stories of liberated citizens of our nation and those of developed nations, to get inspired and gain practical steps to put into practice. It is essential to add that we must ensure we are in an environment (circle of influence) of people with liberated minds because their model (example) will help liberate us.

Through Practice: We need to put into practice what we’ve learnt about liberty because our understanding will grow as we practice. As our understanding grows, our exhibition of liberty will be stronger and more visible to others.

Through Teaching: We have a duty to teach others about this value and we do so through our communication, our modelling and our mentoring. We do this to raise the critical mass of citizens with the right mindset and core values actively participating in efforts to build a developed Nigeria.

Many will be converted into nation-building by our teaching of the core values particularly through our modelling (our example).


We must first attain internal liberty (in our minds) before we are able to express external liberties (in our words and actions) that will propel us to pursue societal liberty. To achieve this, I reiterate that we must undergo a shift in mindset (from fixed to growth mindset).

Are you willing to break free from your current mindset imposed by society?

Thanks for reading, will be back soon!

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