In a sweaty corner of Lagos full of both young men and women striving to survive, some go through different routes to earn a living. In our present society, some young Nigerians only wake up to think about million ways to scam the white men out of thousands of dollars, popularly called yahoo boys are like the black sheep in our society from the perspective of moral Nigerians. These guys are called all sort of names both national and international communities for scamming and defrauding several persons valuable resources especially money. Most international countries, online shopping websites, and several trading avenues have blacklisted Nigeria and our reputation has been dragged into the mud.
The word Nigeria has become synonymous with “scam” and what I ask myself is why? I say the main driving factor for Nigeria’s problem of online fraud and scam is unemployment and lack of good living leaving 50million people unemployed and 8.03% of world’s poor live in Nigeria and they say we have the largest economy.
Sometimes, it’s very surprising to know that the so called black sheep in the society are not as bad as people think, there are lots of lessons that we can learn from them as well. Am not trying to embrace this action but the unfavourable conditions that our leaders and governments have brought upon us has led these Nigerians into this act. A yahoo boy has the drive and passion for his trade and this drive is for him to get rich and make end means. Most times, these young guys feed, clothe and shelter for their old, poor and helpless parents, friends and extended families. Tho at one point or the other, government have tried to caution this act including restricting mass emails, educating people to be extra careful in purchasing goods online, seeking out and prosecuting hackers and fraudsters etc.
The pathetic story of yahoo boys is one of poverty stricken Nigerians making money to earn a living and feed extended families. They can now afford to buy big chains, Rolex watches, Gucci shoes, Versace etc all the same support and carter for large numbers of people too. The problem of yahoo and online hackers will continue to exist in our nation as long as vast segment of the population remain poor, unfavourable government policies, unemployment etc. GOD BLESS NIGERIA
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