FORMER Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has decried the disintegration of societal values in Nigeria to the extent that online fraudsters, otherwise known as Yahoo boys are becoming role models.
Delivering a lecture at a virtual event organised by the Ijaw National Development Group, on Friday, Madueke stressed the need for mentorship of Ijaw youths.
According to her, “the ones that have swag, the Yahoo Yahoo boys, as my son would say; 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 they have 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.”