Nigerians have called out the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over a comment made by Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashola, better known as Naira Marley on internet fraud with respect to slavery.
Naija News had reported earlier that Naira Marley, said internet fraudsters (Yahoo boys) are crucial to the circulation of money in the Nigerian economy.
This online news platform understands that Naira Marley made this comment during an Instagram live session on Tuesday.
During the session, Naira Marley urged Nigerians to pray for internet fraudsters (Yahoo boys) “as they are crucial to the circulation of money in the economy.”
“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 dem stop yahoo, the money would not pass you guys,” he said.
“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 ‘Japa’ crooner said.
Apparently displeased with the statement, Nigerians took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to alert EFCC and also berate the anti-graft agency for not taking action.
Naija News captured some of the reactions below…
Efcc: Hey, are you not the Naira Marley promoting yahoo??
Naira Marley: arh me no oo..
Olamide: aww shey Naira Marley.. he just said it based on one or two polopolo.. pic.twitter.com/xrTS7Wpx8g
— Lazy Artist (@dsgaert) April 24, 2019
Because I see no reason why a yahoo boy like him will be angry with tunde ednut… But wait ooo, come to tink of it, wat if tunde ednut and naira Marley de work for SARs and EFCC???
— Big_sam (@OceanWealthz) April 24, 2019
Naira Marley: saying yahoo helps the economy…
Efcc: reading comments to Marley's postpic.twitter.com/UU2o1Iutjl
— Boda Sapphire (@urpman_30others) April 23, 2019
*Yahoo boys commenting under naira Marley's post*
— Cleopatra (@shinarzah) April 23, 2019
EFCC asking for directions to naira marley's house pic.twitter.com/gzMiqY7BtG
— TECH PLUG (@Arphyy_Techplug) April 23, 2019
But if Nigeria was a serious country, Naira Marley and Zlatan Ibile should be investigated for publicly endorsing cyber crime.
Even Rugged Man confessed that he knows people that are into it. I mean EFCC and SARS are not on social media? pic.twitter.com/EWbqFto3TX
— Joseph Asuquo (@kjasuquo) April 24, 2019
Sars and efcc will start raiding now you people will come online to rant endsars but you were hyping naira marley.
— oluwafemi (@femiwayne_) April 24, 2019
To be honest, I'm not sure EFCC is serious on cracking down on people who engage in cybercrime/ fraud/ yahoo yahoo.
If they were, we wouldn't have these jokers come out openly to justify those crimes.
— Rita C. Onwurah (@RitaOnwurah) April 23, 2019
What if EFCC paid Naira Marley to draw out all the yahoo boys for them. pic.twitter.com/ZgOxn0EfvO
— Ndukwe Daniel (@NdukweDanielI) April 23, 2019
*Yahoo boys commenting on Naria marley post*
— WINNAR (@winner_olabiyi) April 23, 2019
When it's time for Naira Marley to travel out, he will surely regret his outburst cos I'm sure EFCC and other related bodies are on his radar from this moment.
You don't support crime openly…No-one does that! Not even our politicians the major fraudsters.
Nigger so unwise
— Eleniyan (@_eleniyan) April 23, 2019
EFCC reaction to boys that are commenting on Naira Marley posts pic.twitter.com/oXQ28hYmyC
— David Adebanjo (@iamsirdavid) April 23, 2019
This is How SARS and EFCC Go dey look yahoo boys now after this Naira Marley stunt. pic.twitter.com/0w6Es0NhM7
— OLADIMEJI (@Dimz_i_am) April 23, 2019
How EFCC sees Naira Marley now pic.twitter.com/8xCQRRNvY1
— Eko’s Finest Boy (@OG_Quazy) April 23, 2019
Naira Marley: If you know about slavery, u go know say yahoo no be crime.
Davido: Nobody Holy
Zlatan Ibile: Anybody wey don chop Yahoo boy money wey dey here dey preach, na God go punish am.
EFCC & SARS: pic.twitter.com/9l5XaYzhgz
— Ojoola (@iam_future) April 23, 2019