Former Petroleum Resources Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, wanted for corruption back home, says internet fraudsters are a scum in the Nigerian society.
She lamented that internet fraudsters or ‘Yahoo Yahoo boys’ reinforce negative societal behaviours and values in Nigeria.
Alison-Madueke made these remarks while delivering a speech at a virtual event on fatherhood and Ijaw women participation in politics.
Guest speakers at the event which held on Friday, August 7, 2020, included former President Goodluck Jonathan–in whose administration Alison-Madueke served from 2010 to 2015.
She 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,” Alison-Madueke pontificated.
“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,” she lectured.
“There are no shortcuts to working your way up the ladder of life. Progressing in life, in work and in relationship, marital or otherwise, is always dependent on consistent effort and on hard work.
“As we create more responsible young men and women, we will generate more responsible fathers, which in turn will engender a more sustainable society and build a greater nation of successful Ijaw men and women.
“And to do this, we need to go back to the fundamentals,” she added.
Alison-Madueke, 59, fled Nigeria for the U.K immediately after Jonathan lost the 2015 election to Muhammadu Buhari.
Unconfirmed reports say she has been treating cancer in the UK, although some sources claim the cancer stories are a PR stunt to buy her more time as she continues to evade arrest and prosecution for alleged corruption back home.
Attempts by the EFCC to trigger an extradition treaty with the UK and have Diezani return home for trial have met a brick-wall.