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Street begging is one societal issue that has long been a source of concern for well-intentioned Nigerians. Begging is a significant problem in Nigeria and is considered a global issue. Begging is an antisocial behavior that may be found in practically every country throughout the world, particularly in developing countries. It entails asking for what the beggar lacks or prefers. Street begging is a national sickness that eats away at the social, economic, religious, political, and educational fabric of any country. In other words, it appears to be a criticism of many civilizations’ governance quality. The history of street begging in Nigeria is unknown, however it is known that it existed before the country’s independence. Begging has been around since the dawn of civilization, and it has a variety of causes and variations depending on the cultural setting. Begging has occurred in almost every society on the planet, albeit the prevalence and specific form of the practice differed. Between the early middle ages and the Byzantine era, Begging noticed in Greece around the 8th to 6th centuries. Since 1848, the phenomenon of street children has been documented. Between 1918 and 1920, the issue of abandoned children in Soviet Russia was documented, whereas the industrial revolution in England occurred in the 1800s. At this period, street children began to appear on the streets of Dublin’s albelt in various forms.
Begging is the act of pleading with others to do something for you, such as give you money, clothes, or food, without expecting anything in return. The act of soliciting money, food, or other forms of favor without an exchange in a public place and on a street where people routinely pass by is known as street begging. A street beggar is someone who relies on strangers’ generosity without contributing food or services in exchange, despite the fact that it is just as much effort as a paid job.

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