Nigeria’s former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is wanted by the EFCC for massive corruption has expressed sadness over the way Nigerians glorify internet fraudsters.
Diezani who is also being investigated for money laundering in the UK was a guest speaker at a virtual event held on Friday, August 7.
A short video of the event organised by the Ijaw National Development Group was posted online and Alison-Madueke was heard criticizing the way Nigerian youths now look up to internet fraudsters, popularly called Yahoo boys.
“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,” Mrs Alison-Madueke said.
The 59-year-old suspect of massive corruption added:
“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.”
The former Minister of Petroleum Resources is accused of having committed one of the most massive cases of corruption by a public office holder in Nigeria in recent years.