Diezani Alison-Madueke is currently being bashed by Nigerians on social media after her comments on Yahoo Boys.
The former Minister of Petroleum Resources had said that internet fraudsters known in local parlance as Yahoo boys, have become role models in the society.
The minister who is currently being investigated and tried in several court cases for alleged financial frauds committed while serving as a Minister under past administration headed by Goodluck Jonathan, said this while delivering a lecture at a virtual event which was also attended by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, on Friday August 7.
According to the former minister: “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.
This is a travesty of an unfolding tragedy for us. Why have I spent time talking about fatherless homes and the impact it has on our children? The truth of the matter is that an irresponsible boy tends to become an irresponsible man and it is therefore a vicious cycle. If you plant yam, you cannot harvest plantain.”
During her speech, the former Minister emphasized the need for youths to imbibe the culture of hard work as there are no shortcuts to progressing in life.
”There are no shortcuts to working your way up the ladder of life. Progressing in life, in work and relationships, marital or otherwise, is always dependent on consistent effort and hard work.
As we create more responsible young men, we will generate more responsible fathers which will in turn engender a more sustainable society and build a greater nation of successful Ijaw men and women.” she said. You can watch the VIDEO HERE
Her words apparently didn’t sit well with a number of Nigerians on social media, as many have taken to Twitter to blast the former minister.
Reacting to her comments, many believe Alison-Madueke is in no place to judge or make such comment considering her alleged involvements in financial impropriety while she served as Minister in Nigeria.
One Twitter user wrote that Mrs Madueke (who is now described as “Hushmummy”) is probably pissed that her ‘hushchildren’ are outdoing her performance in that field.
“Hushmummy is angry with her hushchildren, who are probably outdoing her performance in the field of hushdealings,” the user wrote.
Popular social media influencer, Ogbeni Dipo also shared his thoughts on Madueke’s comments. He said: “Hushmummy, another fugitive, criticised Yahoo Yahoo Boys. The audacity, boldness and temerity. Because there are no serious consequences for looting the Nigerian treasury.”
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