Nigerians on Twitter have been on a back to back hit on former minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke over her comment on internet fraudsters known as “Yahoo Yahoo boys”.
The former minister had said at a virtual event organized by Ijaw National Development Group that “Yahoo Yahoo boys” are held in high esteem in the society. This was however supported by her claim when she referred to the “yahoo yahoo boys” game as a charade of an unraveling tragedy for Nigeria as she puts: “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.”
Jackson Ude, the publisher of Point Blank News posted footages from the event were Diezani said “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.”
The former minister who is still facing allegations of bribery and money laundering in London and Nigeria emphasized in her speech that there is a need for mentorship of young people because only hard work could guarantee success.
Recall that Diezani is undergoing a long-running British probe while the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has pending corruption charges against her. Some of the properties linked to her are under the Nigerian government’s seizure and the recently Suspended EFCC chairman Ibrahim Magu had in February said she allegedly stole so much money that she needed to be extradited to the country to return them all.
Following Diezani’s pending criminal cases alongside her opinion on “yahoo boys,” Nigerians on Twitter, have hilariously nicknamed Diezani “Hush Mummy”, a name derived from the alias of a popular Nigerian fraudster Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, popularly known as Huspuppi.