How have we let our guards down? How have we allowed immoralities intoxicate our society all in the guise of civilization? There is a difference between embracing immorality and accepting civilization. Look around you, are you not irritated? Look at how we have turned out, Music has always being a great influence in our lives (we have lost that too).
This is Nigeria.
There is a difference between having a fundamental right as humans and turning our culture upside down. And do not let anyone lie to you, in the real world how you dress is how you are addressed.
I have traveled around South west of Nigeria and I have come to realize deep down there is no hope for a better tomorrow. The future is more at risk in the hands of the youths than it is now, in the hands of the elders. This in my opinion is not to stand for or against internet scam, as this is just an opinion of a Nigerian youth. The population of our youths is very large, and I can affirmatively say that almost 95% of us are directly or indirectly involved in internet scam or Yahoo Yahoo as it is fondly called. Internet Scam has a community of its own, everyone with different sector. There are those into romance scam, there are others in wire fraud, Email phishing, Credit card scam and so many other financial scam done online, and then most importantly there are those who get the money across to the real scammers, called PICKERS. You can find pickers mostly in Banking sectors, CEOs of companies and the likes of popular A-list artistes.
When Noble Igwe tried to point fingers in a right direction by generalizing everyone involved in certain businesses (which we all know truthfully or by hearsay) that these organizations are the main channel which these yahoo money flows through.
“What we see is what we believe” it is true as Nigerians we are moved by what we see. We do not care about our immoralities anymore! Everyone wants the money. The most influential movies which have ruined our youths so far and inspired them in a wrong way to be comfortable in crime and drugs as long as you can find your way with the Law. Movies like;
1. Wolf of Wall Street; In 1987, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) takes an entry-level job at a Wall Street brokerage firm. By the early 1990s, while still in his 20s, Belfort founds his own firm, Stratton Oakmont. Together with his trusted lieutenant (Jonah Hill) and a merry band of brokers, Belfort makes a huge fortune by defrauding wealthy investors out of millions. However, while Belfort and his cronies partake in a hedonistic brew of sex, drugs and thrills, the SEC and the FBI close in on his empire of excess.
2. Narcos; Netflix chronicles the rise of the cocaine trade in Colombia and the gripping real-life stories of drug kingpins of the late ’80s in this raw, gritty original series. Also detailed are the actions taken by law enforcement as they battle in the war on drugs, targeting notorious and powerful figures that include drug lord Pablo Escobar. As efforts are made to control cocaine, one of the world’s most valuable commodities, the many entities involved — legal, political, police, military and civilian — find themselves in conflict .
These movies have done so much harm to the shallow minded young Nigerians (are we all that dum and easily influenced to do bad?) Well I do not know.
When it all started we thought people got involved because there is no hope for the poor in the country. But now the story is different. Lavish life is the order of the day, Youths and teenagers are getting involved in this trade day by day due to inferiority complex, laziness, urge for fast money, and most importantly peer pressure. They make films excuse by saying it is as a result of poverty in the country.
Yahoo boys are now easily recognized with their trademarks (by looking very much irresponsible)
Okay you say you have a freedom to dress and look anyhow you want? Why? You should be able to answer these questions before you make such decisions and not put yourself on the radar,
1. Do you have parents/guardians?
2. Are you a footballer (with proof)
3. Are you into entertainment (with a valid proof)
4. Are you a CEO or director of a legitimate company?
5. Are you the president of the federal republic of Nigeria?
When you are clear of any of or all of those then you are free.
In a song by Jadakiss titled Y.O (youthful offenders) feat Akon, he said
“Don’t be playing ’em close
Keep the work away from the guns
Keep the money away from ’em both
Keep it thrill with your set
Make em feel your respect
No matter what you do never reveal your connect
Don’t be running your mouth
You know what it is
If you ain’t never tell it, how could they know what you did
That thing on your wrist, got that thing off the lot”
Most of us are getting it wrong due to misplaced priorities. Be careful. Yahoo Yahoo is not the Nigerian Dream.
To be continued…