Apparently, she didn’t see it coming.
Nigerians have slammed former Minister of Petroleum Resources Diezani, Alison-Madueke over her comments on how the activities of internet fraudsters aka “Yahoo Yahoo boys” have eroded values in Nigeria.
The former minister who is on the run for stealing $2.5 billion under the President Goodluck Jonathan administration but escaped been prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said that “Yahoo Yahoo boys” are respected in the society.
Alison-Madueke while delivering a lecture at a virtual event organised by the Ijaw National Development Group, which was also attended by her former boss, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan stressed the need for mentorship of young people, saying only hard work could guarantee success.
In a video posted on Twitter by Jackson Ude, publisher of Point Blank News, 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.”
“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 cocoyam, you cannot harvest plantain.”
But her statement was like adding fuel to a fire thus did not settle well with many Nigerians on social media.
Twitter users launched attacks on the former minister and ripped her apart.
See some reactions from Twitter;
Yahoo boys are now role models —Diezanipic.twitter.com/ftaVV9fYtw
— #BBNaijaLockdown eelive.ng (@eeliveblog) August 10, 2020
Wait a minute, Diezani is bashing Yahoo boys?
A whole Hushmummy.
Definitely some #MondayMotivaton
— BadMan Cyph (@SteveCypha) August 10, 2020
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
Jesus our Lord said, if Diezani body that hasn't sinned, let her cast the first stone, Amen
Some should keep their stones in their pocket please, and stop all this PowerPoint they're trying to prove with their talks about yahoo in Nigeria
— Uncle Majek Fashek (@ij_kush) August 10, 2020
— AK- Plug 🔌 𓅓 (@talk2Akplug) August 10, 2020
Watch a former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, who is meant to be in jail by now, saying that Yahoo Boys have become role models in Nigeria.😠
Wonders they say shall never end. It isn't her fault sha. Nonsense. pic.twitter.com/92LvFWLzLJ
— Adejumo Abayomi (GMB Pikin) (@AdejumoAbayomi4) August 10, 2020