Popular Musician, Naira Marley has come under attack by Nigerians on the social media over his statements glorifying Yahoo boys.
Naira Marley during an Instagram live session, urged Nigerians to pray for internet fraudsters (Yahoo boys) saying they are the reason money circulates to the common man.
He said: “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 them stop yahoo, the money would not pass you guys
“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 video has since stirred reactions from Nigerians who described Marley as a disgrace and bad example to young Nigerians.
However, a few Nigerians supported Marley, staying that Yahoo boys were the reason some Nigerians can eat and survive.
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"Nigerians you all better start Praying for Yahoo Boys, Because they are the ones who are Keeping Money in Circulation, Nigerian Leaders are stealing all our Money and keeping it to themselves If Yahoo Yahoo is stopped, suffer will be your name as everyone of you would stop seeing Money" – Popular Nigerian Musician Naira Marley Fumes!!!
Here are some comments gathered from Twitter:
@DrOlufunmilayo “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.”
@AyoShonaiya “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.”
@Favoredsinner “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.”
@666_Notradamus “Yahoo might have helped naira marley but not our economy. Also, not everyone has benefitted from yahoo. So, if you have, do not rope others in. ”
@Mrseptin911 “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!
@Itutu1491 “Unfortunately, Naira Markey just said the truth.Even the government of today is yahoo personified the bad aspect of theirs is that they don’t bring money to Nigeria ,they take it abroad.”
@Mastermelli “The more I read people justifying this mentally unstable guys assertion, the more I weep for my country. Yahoo has killed many legit business connections btw Nigerians and other nations that brings in better money and reputation to the country.”
@PaulOsas1 “Fraud is a crime; it is wrong, and no one should pray for criminals to thrive.However, to solve the problem, we must recognize the infamous role it plays in our infantile economy. There are legit businesses being funded by fraud money — hotels, clubs, restaurants, bars, etc.”
@KoloJesse “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!
@BimpeRoyale “This whole Naira Marley Yahoo shit will just make life harder for Nigerians planning to work for a clean living out there. Not everyone is interested in crime.”
@Polyergeyst “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.”
@Urbanspirit “Everybody talking about Naira Marley and Yahoo Yahoo. Okay where are the jobs?, how much can an average Nigerian graduate earn from a govt job at level 6? Should I talk about NYSC?Or the minimum wage shit? Or the level of inflation?. Please!
@Bunmcharles “Naira Marley isn’t mad, go ask most petty traders in many communities that have access to internet you will be wowed. Im not justifying it, just tellin you its whats been delayin the time bomb. If not for yahoo none of us will have a safe home by now or anythin safe about Nigeria. Its that bad.”