The Minister of Petroleum Resources under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Diezani Alison-Madueke, on Sunday noted that the society has lost its value to the extent that internet fraudsters have become role models in Nigerian.
The former Minister state this while delivering a lecture at a virtual event which also had in attendance, former President, Jonathan.
Speaking at the event organised by the Ijaw National Development Group on Friday, Diezani stressed the need for mentorship of Ijaw youths.
The former minister said, “The ones that have swag, the Yahoo Yahoo boys as my son would say; these, in short, are the role models they are looking at. These are the ones that reinforce negative societal norms and values.”
“This is a travesty of an unfolding tragedy for us. Why have I spent time talking about fatherless homes and the impact it has on our children? The truth of the matter is that an irresponsible boy tends to become an irresponsible man and it is, therefore, a vicious cycle. If you plant yam, you cannot harvest plantain.”
Diezani further stated that there are no shortcuts to progressing in life, adding that only hard work could guarantee success.
The former minister added, “There are no shortcuts to working your way up the ladder of life. Progressing in life, in work and relationships – marital or otherwise – is always dependent on consistent effort and hard work.”
“As we create more responsible young men, we will generate more responsible fathers which will, in turn, engender a more sustainable society and build a greater nation of successful Ijaw men and women.”
She added that societal values have been affected due to the weak family bonds caused by broken homes.
The former Minister pointed to cases where single parents raise kids and they do well, but noted that it is not the norm for single parents to raise kids.
Diezani thanked her former boss, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, for empowering women during his tenure.
She has reduced to step her feet in the country following the allegations levelled against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Former Petroleum Minister, Dieziani Alison-Madueke, has surfaced oooo. She spoke on Fatherhood, and making a case for Ijaw Women’s voice to be heard, praised GEJ for the chance he gave women in his Govt. This was in August 7, 2020 virtual event of Ijaw National Dev Group. Pt 1 pic.twitter.com/b0KFratkWa
— Jackson Ude (@jacksonpbn) August 9, 2020