Video: ‘Yahoo boys’ now role models in Nigerian society – Diezani

Diezani Alison-Madueke
Diezani Alison Madueke: speaking in the controversial video

By Taiwo Okanlawon

A former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has lamented that societal values have degenerated to the extent that online fraudsters, popularly known as Yahoo boys, have become role models in the Nigerian society.

The former minister, who is being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for alleged fraud running into billions of naira said this while delivering a lecture at a virtual event, on Friday.

Speaking at the event organised by the Ijaw National Development Group, which was also attended by her former boss, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Diezani stressed the need for mentorship of young people, saying only hard work could guarantee success.

In a video posted on Twitter by Jackson Ude, publisher of Point Blank News, Diezani 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 cocoyam, you cannot harvest plantain.”

Watch the video;

The ex-minister had relocated to London before former President Goodluck Jonathan handed over to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.


  1. It’s really very difficult to comment on this because while the EFCC is chasing a wild goose which is neither here nor there, what is the organization doing about those within its reach?
    The stolen wealth in the hands of the immediate past comptroller general of Nigerian customs is more than twice what Diezani is being accused of.
    Perhaps, her only mistake is that she absconded from the country.

  2. She is not sick now, any time the government wanted to arrest her to answer the mountain of cases against her she will be on sick bed .

  3. When has it become dignifying for Diezani to preach Role-Modelling to Nigerians? Condemning Yahoo boys. Can someone tell me the difference between her and the Yahoo boys? What does she really understand by value disintegration? This country is full of drama.

  4. Watching the “video,” I couldn’t stop laughing,I mean,I laughed so hard teardrops came. This is the same woman wanted for the biggest “yahoo,yahoo theft,” in Nigeria by EFCC. She’s rubbing it in our face that she’s looking too good to come back to Nigeria. Just when you think you’ve seen,heard it all another stuff just come out from no where. To rub salt on open wound the former president of Nigeria was at this event where Diezani appeared on this video. What a country,Nigeria.

  5. Oloshi, yahooo boys are far better than you. You are a worse criminal than yahoo boys. How on earth is this hushmummy abusing our sensibilities?

  6. Diezani’s speech would be good for a “National Underdevelopment Group,” rather than “National Development Group.” I have not seen her impart in Nigeria’s development.

  7. Can you imagine this slut calling our children’s names. For the crimes this heartless
    woman committed against Nigerians, she should have been tied to the stakes. It’s a Shame we don’t have a system that can deal with this menace.

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