‘Yahoo yahoo’ boys have become role models in Nigeria, says Diezani/ Diezani Alison-Madueke

A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, says fradusters, better known as 'yahoo yahoo' boys, have become role models for many in the country.  

The former minister made the remarks while speaking during a virtual conference organised by the umbrella body of Ijaw cultural associations known as the Ijaw Nation Development Group (INDG).

Diezani said it is sad that those who indulge in shady deals have become respected celebrities in our society.

The development, she said, is indicative of the fast eroding values in the society, while calling on relevant authorities to address the situation.

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.

“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.”

Her comments had come amid allegations of mismanagement of public funds during pressed against her during her stints as minister under the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.