The Minister of Petroleum Resources,Diezani Alison-Madueke, has come under attack for saying that internet fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo Boy, have become role models in the Nigerian society.
Diezani, while delivering a lecture at a virtual event organised by the Ijaw National Development Group, warned that the new trend ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ is a travesty of an unfolding tragedy for Nigeria, adding that only hard work could guarantee success.
“The ones that have swag, the Yahoo Yahoo boys as my son would say; these in short, are the role models they are looking at. These are the ones that reinforce negative societal norms and values”.
Diezani, who is under trial for alleged fraud, has since stirred reactions over her statement
Some Nigerians took to their Twitter handles blaming the likes of Diezani for the reason Nigerian youths go into ‘Yahoo yahoo’.
Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had filed additional 15 criminal charges against Jide Omokore, an ally of the former Petroleum Minister.