Senator Dino Melaye has reacted to the controversy stirred up by Nigerian singer, Naira Marley about internet fraudsters popularly known as ‘Yahoo boys’ in Nigeria.
The Senator representing Kogi West urged them to get legit jobs and stop defrauding people. He wrote on social media:
Get a legitimate job!!! Stealing and defrauding people isn’t right. Work hard and earn your money through honest means.
Recall singer Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley called on Nigerians to pray for Yahoo boys rather than condemn them, saying Yahoo Boys were the reason money circulates to the common man.
Well, rapper Ruggedman didn’t agree with him, warning Naira Marley not to use his music to mislead Nigerian youths on cyber fraudsters.
He wrote on his Instagram page:
“My brother, I love your music and all but you need to get one thing clear and do not mislead people, especially kids on social media. You can do Yahoo all you want, but do not disrespect the part of the black race that were sold into slavery by trying to use it to justify cyber crime.
“The people who bought slaves died ages ago. If you want to fight that, then start a cause/movement against the British and America. Whoever owned slaves, but stealing the hard earned money of other people isn’t about slavery.
“You say the Nigerian leaders are looting trillions outta this country, why aren’t you hacking their accounts and giving back to the people Robin Hood style? I swear I go hail you for that one.
“But bro respect the black race and don’t try to use it to justify cyber crime. E no follow. If it wasn’t a crime police would not be busting boys for it.
“Thousands of qualified Nigerians cant get jobs outside Nigeria because of “yahoo”. Their families are suffering.
“Young Nigerians are suspects everywhere they go because of “yahoo”. If you want to do it, enjoy. Nobody is stopping you. But remember that if you do the crime, if you are caught you do the time.
“I got friends that are into it, I don’t judge. I got friends who are in jail as we speak for doing it, I don’t judge. All man dey hustle. God bless all our hustles and let’s hold our leaders accountable.”
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