Diezani Alison-Madueke, a former minister of petroleum resources, has come under intense criticism on social media over comments she made concerning internet fraudsters better known as ‘yahoo yahoo’ boys.


Speaking at a virtual conference organised by the umbrella body of Ijaw cultural associations known as the Ijaw Nation Development Group (INDG), the ex-minister said things have degenerated to the extent that fraudsters are now respected in the society.

“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,” she had said.

Her statement has, however, sparked a plethora of negative reactions on social media platforms, especially Twitter, where users have been tackling the former minister who also faces allegations of looting from the Nigerian government’s coffers.


Ibrahim Magu, the suspended acting chairman of the EFCC, had alleged that Diezani stole $2.5 billion from the federal government, an allegation that she denied.

“Hushmummy, another fugitive, criticised Yahoo Yahoo Boys. The audacity, boldness and temerity. Because there are no serious consequences for looting the Nigerian treasury,” a Twitter user said.

“Senior Yahoo yahoo Girl,” another user said.


Here is what some Nigerians had to say:




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