Mmmmm. With great respect to your friend, he seems like a bit of a lost cause. Sounds a bit like he doesn't like a challenge, which is what Civ is all about. Maybe you could persuade him of the challenge.
On the bright side, a young relative of a Civ-playing friend of mine did much the same thing - cheated, claimed the game was too easy, and gave it away. Lately, he's come back to the game and is now taking it seriously. Somehow or other, my friend persuaded him of the challenge. After heaping a fair bit of sh*t on him for being a coward.