Nigerian singer, Azeez Fashola, better known as Naira Marley, is at the receiving end of a social media backlash over a comment he made 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 berate the singer.
Naija News captured some of the reactions below..
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.
— OurFavOnlineDoctor (@DrOlufunmilayo) April 23, 2019
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.
— Ayo Shonaiya (@AyoShonaiya) April 23, 2019
Those of you supporting Yahoo boys. I pray you know what it feels like to have all you worked for taken from you. Naira Marley is wrong.
— DREYLO (@RealDreylo) April 23, 2019
How is Naira Marley so janded & so street at the same time ?
Always amazes me
— That WhatsApp TV (@thepottvmedia) April 23, 2019
Do you think Naira Marley is right about is relationship between Yahoo and Slavery? pic.twitter.com/T5TCIVcNoq
— Olufemi Joseph (@Iamfemijoseph) April 23, 2019
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.
Sanyeri ni wá now
— Upcoming Bill Gates ⓭ (@FavoredSinner) 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
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!
— Kolo Jesse (@KoloJesse) April 23, 2019
Let's shift from naira Marley a bit, davido's comment says it all. Most of this musicians used the money they made from internet fraud to start up their musical career. But at the end no body holy pass. pic.twitter.com/UHGSSVamQz
— TObiloBA (@arc_tobi) April 23, 2019
EFCC reaction to boys that are commenting on Naira Marley posts pic.twitter.com/oXQ28hYmyC
— David Adebanjo (@iamsirdavid) April 23, 2019
Naira Marley is a fool
Tunde ednut is a fool
Simi is a fool
Everyone is a fool….
We all re in one way or the other benefiting from the yahoo sect of our economy.
— Calabar olodo (@InahRichard) April 23, 2019
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! pic.twitter.com/e5LcpN3BI8
— Adeyinka Oluwamayowa (@MrSEPTIN911) April 23, 2019
Naira Marley Na Bastard Sha! Dude's Trending On Twitter With Just One Instagram Post…
Naira Marley Igbo Labi
— Money! (@_softthug) April 23, 2019
Its not the fault of Naira Marley actually.. Olamide should be blamed.
Olamide spear headed the music of these yahoo boys using Music to disguise to us.
— Standard Presenter (@ItsOladeni) April 23, 2019
So You all wanna pretend like a lot of our Nigerian celebrities don’t directly or indirectly support Yahoo Yahoo and Internet frauds?
Naira Marley is speaking , Other celebs are SHOWING that they support it, Don’t put this on Naira Marley alone
— Enekem (@TheEnekemGreg) April 23, 2019
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.
— Ferdinand. (@Poltergeyst_) 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