Azeez Fashola, Nigerian singer better known as Naira Marley, is at the receiving end of a social media backlash over a recent comment he made on internet fraud with respect to slavery.
During an Instagram live session, the ‘Japa’ crooner urged Nigerians to pray for internet fraudsters (Yahoo boys) “as they are crucial to the circulation of money in the economy.”
“All you guys, all the money in your pockets, all the money you spend, you think it’s the government that is making the money go round? You better sit down and pray for yahoo boys. If dem stop yahoo, the money would not pass you guys,” he said.
“The money will go like this, from Obasanjo to Tinubu, from Tinubu to Mr Japa, you think me I need Yahoo? I make money from my music.”
The statement drew the ire of some Nigerian users on Twitter and they swarmed the social media platform to register their displeasure.
“Naira Marley is a disgraceful Nigerian specimen. Imagine publicly defending fraud and being daft to think Yahoo scams help the economy. When you travel and you are treated like a criminal for no reason just because you are Nigerian, you will realise the extent of this damage,” a Twitter user said.
“Naira Marley is not only a shame to the music industry but also a shame to Nigeria! This should not be taken lightly by the FG. There can never be any justification for ‘Yahoo’, it is illegal and should be curbed!” another user said.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
Naira Marley is a disgraceful Nigerian specimen.
Imagine publicly defending fraud and being daft to think Yahoo scams help the economy.
When you travel and you are treated like a criminal for no reason just because you are Nigerian, you will realise the extent of this damage.
— OurFavOnlineDoctor 💘 🥳 (@DrOlufunmilayo) April 23, 2019
Naira Marley is not only a shame to the music industry, but also a shame to Nigeria! This should not be taken lightly by the FG. There can never be any justification for ‘Yahoo’, it is illegal and should be curbed! pic.twitter.com/e5LcpN3BI8
— Adeyinka Oluwamayowa (@MrSEPTIN911) April 23, 2019
On this Naira Marley and his stupid comments on Yahoo Yahoo, you have to understand he’s from a generation of Nigerians who don’t know any different. It’s not just him. There are millions of young Nigerians who believe Fraud is NOT a crime. They think everything na hustle.
— Ayo Shonaiya (@AyoShonaiya) April 23, 2019
Now I gotta cancel that Naira Marley fool. I used to like his music…but there's no point..not like he has talent enough to last in the industry. We move. 🚶
— Ferdinand. (@Poltergeyst_) April 23, 2019
I'm not surprised about Naira Marley issue.
90% of Nigeria musicians are only cleaning their fraud money with Music.
Sometimes I wonder how you released one song that we downloaded for free and get to buy houses and cars with it.
Sanyeri ni wá now 😂
— Upcoming Bill Gates ⓭ (@FavoredSinner) April 23, 2019
So You all wanna pretend like a lot of our Nigerian celebrities don’t directly or indirectly support Yahoo Yahoo and Internet frauds?
Naira Marley is speaking , Other celebs are SHOWING that they support it, Don’t put this on Naira Marley alone
— Enekem💎💎 (@TheEnekemGreg) April 23, 2019
Its not the fault of Naira Marley actually.. Olamide should be blamed.
Olamide spear headed the music of these yahoo boys using Music to disguise to us.
— Standard Presenter 👌 (@ItsOladeni) April 23, 2019
"If you know about slavery, you go know say Yahoo no be crime."
— Naira Marley, 2019.
— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) April 20, 2019
Naira Marley has always glorified internet scam and drugs via his music, so what exactly is the sudden outrage for? His message has always been clear.
— adeda (@tosinadeda) April 23, 2019
Make una live naira Marley alone oo.. Atleast one of una relatives go dey into this game and y'all know.. Awon holy holy were
— MSTWNTD BROWNIE(gov. of ikorodu) (@iCraze6) April 23, 2019
You guys are busy shading "Naira Marley" forgetting that this is a mentality issue.
Most Nigerian youth feel exactly the same way about Yahoo Yahoo.
I personally had that orientation.
— Uncle Mark™ (@iamUncleMark) April 23, 2019
Dear Naira Marley & co
Yahoo yahoo can never be a goal. not when there's VAR. pic.twitter.com/c7TvQ0vMRG
— Bronze chude (@FrankChude) April 23, 2019
I know it doesn't matter but I am deleting every Davido, Naira Marley and Zlatan's music in every platform I have them on! I don't support "Yahoo yahoo", listening to them means I do!
— Kolo Jesse (@KoloJesse) April 23, 2019
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