Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former minister of petroleum resources, has come under intense criticism on social media over comments she made concerning internet fraudsters better known as ‘yahoo yahoo’ boys.
Speaking at a virtual conference organised by the umbrella body of Ijaw cultural associations known as the Ijaw Nation Development Group (INDG), the ex-minister said things have degenerated to the extent that fraudsters are now respected in the society.
“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,” she had said.
Her statement has, however, sparked a plethora of negative reactions on social media platforms, especially Twitter, where users have been tackling the former minister who also faces allegations of looting from the Nigerian government’s coffers.
Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the EFCC, had alleged that Diezani stole $2.5 billion from the federal government, an allegation that she denied.
“Hushmummy, another fugitive, criticised Yahoo Yahoo Boys. The audacity, boldness and temerity. Because there are no serious consequences for looting the Nigerian treasury,” a Twitter user said.
“Senior Yahoo yahoo Girl,” another user said.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
Hushmummy, another fugitive, criticised Yahoo Yahoo Boys. The audacity, boldness and temerity. Because there are no serious consequences for looting the Nigerian treasury.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) August 10, 2020
Senior Yahoo yahoo Girl… 😑 https://t.co/YF7YLXi4Wj
— Adetutu Balogun, MBA (@Tutsy22) August 10, 2020
I see Yahoo trending and I think of this Beautiful couple that was blessed with a hard-working Son.
The Bible says Honor thy father & mother so that **** pic.twitter.com/Shb2lKsoon
— HIZZO (@Hizzo9) August 10, 2020
Anyone with money in Nigeria is a role model. Be it from Yahoo Yahoo, legit biz or poems. Just have $$$.
This materialism is thanx to people like you, a political class who flaunt (often stolen) wealth and treat scornfully those without it. Your scorn hardens hearts to morality. https://t.co/hV7K5lf20V
— Dr Remi Adekoya (@RemiAdekoya1) August 10, 2020
Diezani and Yahoo boys *same WhatsApp group* pic.twitter.com/UHIgFt2y77
— 𝙰𝙳𝙴𝚃𝙾𝙼𝙸𝚆𝙰 (@tfortomiwa) August 10, 2020
This is hushmummy diezani bashing yahoo yahoo boys,
This woman is a legal thief pic.twitter.com/3STJA1VU9n
— Federal (@theonlyfederal) August 10, 2020
You robbed the future of Nigerians, even that of our kids we borrow the earth from. Yet you are here condemning those you are owing, those you forced into an alternative way of living, those you bleached your skin with their money.
One day we'll ask you better.
— AMB. Friday omobude wealth (@OmobudeWealth) August 10, 2020
Diezani should be the last person to come out criticizing yahoo boys…. you’re simply the yahoo girl 😂
— Babatunde 💯🇳🇬 (@BabaTee_ednut) August 9, 2020
This woman thinks we are quick enough to forget atrocities she committed? She has no fucking right to criticize anyone because that is what they have lead the generation to when they have eaten the future of the young and vibrant youths…… I beg who can teach me yahoo…
— idris oladele (@ola1759) August 10, 2020
Benefits mummy is dropping words of wisdom…….. Wait o, what did the kettle call the pot again, I can't remember 🤔🤔🤔
— Idongesit•KABATI ™ (@Mrkabati14) August 10, 2020
I don't want to believe she said this, or she's speaking under the influence of Alcohol, you know the place where's from the drink alot of hot drink, so this statement is irrelevant because the woman talking should be worse than any Yahoo boy!!
— Onwubiko Uche (@OnwubikoUche1) August 10, 2020
I will not watch this video but i will say this is coming from the wrong person. Even Yahoo boys never collect 1 quarter of the money you stole. The money you spent on one Ring could have fed thousands of poor families for YEARS. Now to the amount you spent on jewelries, cars…
— Rasaki (@Bonyzaq) August 10, 2020
Is this not @diezanimadueke? Devil 😈 goes to church. What an irony of life 'Yahoo yahoo' mama condemning 'Yahoo yahoo' boys. All @Hushpuppi arm robbery is not up to your own. Yet, you still have the guts to say this trash! Where is your conscience? God is really merciful. If not
— Salaudeen Taofeek (@Sltherhophick) August 10, 2020
She forgot to talk about looters, or have that not also have any effect on the people and economy?Yahoo is not good for sure but it enriches the masses , looting on the other hand enrich those in power,same thing to me, Nigeria still have not got their priorities straight.wake up
— Xexy Black (@Wioko4all) August 10, 2020
Though we agree with you, your boys are also Yahoo boys only that their own Hussle didn't need computer, just needed cashing out from your own stash..we still have pictures of them with humongous sums of monies o. Where did they work for the glam please..abegi
— Ojuju (@Ojuju6) August 10, 2020
She stole 27trilion and she stil breathes..how can a thief justify his sins and point finger at another..
John 8:7b “ He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone “
— Lexzy (@alexandrejakins) August 10, 2020