Following her comments at an event organised by Ijaw National Development Group, where she said that Yahoo Boys or internet fraudsters are now seen as role models in Nigeria, former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke has come under attack on social media.
Switch Nigeria had reported that 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 under investigation for charges of corruption and embezzlement stirred alot of backlash against her.
Some Twitter users had the following to say:
@theonlyfederal “This is hushmummy diezani bashing yahoo yahoo boys,this woman is a legal thief.”
@Mayorspeaks “Diezani said Yahoo boys are now role models, this is coming from somebody that stole Nigeria’s 4yrs budget. The Right statement coming from the wrong person, however it’s not about where it came from at times, it’s about the message being delivered.”
@Costa_Shido “You represent everything wrong in Nigeria in recent times. Atone for your years of looting of Nigeria’s commonwealth and reckless spending by submitting to authorities for questioning and stop speaking from your hideout like you care.”
@Starkidd01 “Just woke up this morning to read about Diezani spitting rubbish about Yahoo guys when she’s their role model politically.This life has no balance at all .”
@Babatee_ednut “Diezani should be the last person to come out criticizing yahoo boys.You’re simply the yahoo girl.”
@Unclemillo “Deziani, If Nigerians open mouth curse you, 600 years is an understatement.”
@bryobrown “Bring back our money. It is because of your greed that youths find solace in yahoo yahoo.”
@xyzreddington “Someone that fucked up the system and stole money that could have been used to better the youths is calling out yahoo boys.”
@Icyberry4 “With all due respect ma’am we need you to return all the looted funds in your possession before we consider listening to what you have to say!
@Dreytriplem “Yet, you stole billions of dollars which could have been used for the benefit of millions of Nigerians. I hope you have fully recovered from cancer to enable you to come back to Nigeria and answer to the charges against you madam.”