Nigeria’s “Yahoo Yahoo” Image by Leke Alder

Posted on Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 at 11:26 AM

By Adeola Adeyemo

Nigeria’s Yahoo Yahoo image is killing her economy. Things are spiraling out of control and sociological wreckage is being wrought. It has often been said that Nigerians are not loyal to their country and that they badmouth their nation. With this premise, the Department of National Orientation has run programmes to inculcate patriotism in citizens and direct the youths. The results are not empirical.

Nigeria has a very bad image abroad. When a nation has a bad reputation, there will be collateral damage and the first casualty is patriotism. Because a bad national image casts a dark halo on the citizens, they will not want to identify with their country. The image subtracts from their intrinsic worth. They are thus forced to rely on their personal equity in different situations and they soon begin to question the value of their country to them.

Our national identity cannot augment our valuation as Nigerians because of the negative reputation of our fatherland. This is because our primary output as a nation is apparently advance fee fraud, not oil; our systems and institutions are deemed malfunctioning and corrupt. Our passport is thus a liability at customs checkpoints and the innocent are banded with criminals.

This generalisation takes a toll on patriotic sentiments. Citizens don’t idolise a nation that subtracts from their worth, or shuts the door of opportunity against them, or makes them a pariah at international borders. And when a Nigerian succeeds, he feels he did it by himself and despite his country. Thus, he owes his nation no allegiance.

Are we by this article justifying lack of patriotism? Of course not! Nigeria suffers from four image afflictions (in my line of work we call them ‘brand eroders’). They are corruption, online credit card fraud (cybercrime), fundamentalist terrorism and kidnapping. These constitute the ordinance against the country.

The four can be broadly categorised into two classes — the violent class and the economic class. Kidnapping and fundamentalist terrorism belong to the violent class. They tend to play grandly on the national stage; but cybercrime is the most democratised of all. It is a huge retail enterprise, precisely because the barrier to entry is low. A cyber criminal can run his operations entirely from a business centre. Anyone with a modem and a computer, or smartphone can launch into business. And it has gone industrial. There are now cybercrime factories — rows and rows of young men and women in huge spaces, dedicated to online criminal pursuit on computer notebooks.

The damage to the nation has been incalculable. The problem with cybercrime is that while other crimes are domiciled within Nigerian borders, cybercrime is a global phenomenon. We are systematically being shut out of the global economic system because of the activities of these aberrant cyberpreneurs. Today, Nigeria is not listed on the drop down menu of Paypal, the global online payment platform. Neither can we shop on Macy’s, Target, J.C. Penney and Marks & Spencer, to name a few. We can’t even buy antivirus software for our computers. Kaspersky shut us out. We are suffering from economic blockade, not unlike Iran; it’s just that ours is the market-driven variety. If truth be told, a 419er is an economic terrorist. He is waging an economic war against his country.

Our young men and women cannot access cheap finance through credit cards for their business start-ups. Even our debit cards are not accepted by international merchants! Once the transaction originates from Nigeria, a virtual steel door clamps down. Those who take the risk of online transactions from Nigeria put us through such strenuous processes it defeats the very purpose of online purchase. And our internet transactions are being routed through South Africa, with the attendant consequences on national sovereignty.

The elites have found a way round the credit card blockade. They simply travel abroad and use a foreign merchant card. They take care of themselves, but how myopic!

For one, the youths will become more desperate and take ever more unwholesome routes in pursuit of opportunities; our negative image is thus reinforced by an army of disenfranchised youths. Two, they will hate those that are privileged and their sense of rage will morph into other criminal activities against the privileged. Three, they will lose faith in the maternal instincts of the nation, after all, the nation is not helping them. Four, as those who succeed by devious means flaunt their ill-gotten wealth and invariably take up the political positions they bought with their loot, a signal is sent into the generational pool that ‘making it’ through criminal device is the way to go. Five, the youths will become a dangerous arsenal in the hands of the wrong commander-in-chief. When you extinguish hope, there is nothing left. Six, crime becomes normative, expected and required. It becomes an affirmation of basic humanity.

What should be done? How can we redeem our image and remedy the situation?

We need a four-pronged strategy: eliminate, repair, discourage, prevent.

We must eliminate cybercrime factories. Government must erect an equivalent anti-cybercrime factory full of hackers, trackers and servers to fight online criminal pursuit. It is a national security risk. And by the way, setting up this factory will provide employment to many of our computer science graduates. If we are serious, we should see a major drop in cybercrime within nine months.

We must also activate a discouragement strategy. First we must pass the cybercrime bill before our legislators. We must prosecute criminals under the law and make an example of cyber criminals. With the passage of the law, we signal to the international community that we are serious about curtailing cybercrime.

Our repair strategy dictates that we mend our relationship with the international merchant community. We need to undertake economic diplomacy. The amount Nigerians spend abroad annually gives us economic clout. It can be leveraged.

But prevention is always cheaper than cure. We need to re-orientate our youths and create opportunities for them.

In addition, our school curricula must reflect our realities. We need to teach our kids to create jobs rather than waiting for jobs.

Religious organisations have a role to play too. Government must partner with them.

And parents have a role to play too. As do our teachers. We must be worthy examples to our children.

Society is dynamic. We will never reach a point in which cybercrime is non-existent. The image of nations is not defined by the absence of negatives. It is determined by the positive exertions of its government and citizens.

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Leke Alder is a brand strategy consultant. This article was first published by Punch

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    • nita December 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      THIS IS ON POINT!

    • nita December 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      WE NEED ACTION NOT SUGGESTIONS N OPINIONS SHA

    • faith December 2, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      Thanks Mr leke for this ….

    • Lexi December 2, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      My father used to always say “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” all the previous rebranding Nigeria projects have failed because they are aimed at the very group in our society causing the problem. I feel there is now more need than ever for primary schools to teach our kids what makes Nigeria Great and let them be the New Image of Nigeria.

    • Mssexy December 2, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      need I add more
      Leke has said it all
      our image outside d country is pathetic

    • Shameonlazyyouths December 2, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      It is a shame that most of the people who will comment have either a relative or know a friend of a friend that is involved.They see it as a blessing rather than a curse.The youths have involved themselves so deep in voodoo that they are trapped in greed to get rich at all cost but they dont see the devil in his black outfit but in white long robes.They see no reason to educate themselves or value education anymore.You see the blings they wear but their parents live in poverty,they drive flashy cars but their mum still enter buses.Musicians know them because they dine with them.They all want to speak in American accents,wear latest fashion outfit that they can hardly afford if not for their greed..They have tatoos on their body now once they succeed in defrauding their victims.It is easy to know them from the hard working ones who live abroad,working hard,no matter what the job is but they end up building a house back home from long hours of work.These so called yahoo boys motto is ‘get rich or die trying’ and majority have died and some trapped through traps set by the FBI,CIA,Interpol and other enforcement agencies but they never quit.I bet they would taste so many yrs in jail and see what it is like to give these country a bad name,following behind the corrupt Federal Government and their so called spoilt rich kids who are involved in drugs as well and end up as junkies..

      I hope more people comment and say something so that their brothers and sisters involved will change for the bettter..

      Thanks Adeola for the write up,I live in the US and I work very hard and I have been priviledge to be voted employee of the Quarter even after bad news airs on tv about a Nigerian.My colleagues love me and know that their are bad people living among us no matter what country we are from but Nigeria is a name that comes out more almost every week or month….God Help Our youths in Jesus Name,Amen.

      • shame on u! December 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        Hey WHO IS ASKING YOU TO ADVERTISE YOUR WORK HERE? U BETTER GO ND FACE UR WORK ND MIND UR OWN BUSINESS. YOU DONT JUST COME UP TO POINT FINGERS AS IF YOU ARE A SAINT. ND POINT OF CORRECTION., NOT ALL RICH-KIDS R INVOLVED IN DRUGS OR BECOME JUNKIES., ND NOT ALL THE SO-CALLED YAHOO BOYS ARE STUPID ENOUGH NOT TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILY. YOU MAY KNOW MOST OF DEM BUT YOU DONT KNOW THEIR STORY.

    • chux December 2, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      ur take on cyber criminals is very one sided. have you ever sat down to think of how much these cyber criminals bring into the country yearly. I tell u point blank, its in hundreds of millions of dollars.that can account for the feeding and education of over a million nigerians families. before you talk of fighting cyber crime with our very incompetent bunch of computer science graduates, e have u thought of just providing decent jobs for people. there would be a natural decline to the cyber crimes… I say cyber crimes believe it or not has helped sustain the Nigerian economy beyond what many of us can imagine. It’s just a shame that most nigerians don’t know that the so called cyber crimes r fueled by other nations citizens. It’s just a norm to criticize fellow Nigerians. I don’t blame the writer. That’s how he was trained when growing up.

      • John December 2, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        Mr Chux, just address the issues, no need to direct any comment towards the writer. I also do not agree with your comment, but does that mean I should direct my comments to your person? Let’s just discuss the issues and not how someone was trained or not. na wa o

      • Bibi December 2, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        CHUX, Let ,me summarise your post, “A DEFENSE OF CYBER CRIME AND THIEVERY IN NIGERIA”. I indeed choose to be optimistic in hoping that you are not one of these cyber criminals; yes, that is what they are. Two wrongs or many wrongs cannot be righted by other wrongs. Unemployment is not a reason why people should steal, people who steal at any level are just gluttons and insatiable and dishonorable to themselves. I personally know many NIGERIANS who are not employed and are working with their hands to make products that can be sold. The problem with these horrible cyber thieves is that they are greedy and lazy people who instead of doing something tangible with their hands and make money steadily and over time prefer to make quick mega cash, live in big houses and drive RANGE ROVERS instantly. Work hard and stop stealing!!! ILL-GOTTEN WEALTH will grow wings and fly away.

        • jyde December 2, 2012 at 8:05 PM

          We do what we do because we know our leaders dont have the faintest idea where to even start,let alone catch,you seem to be forgetting that they are too busy stealing and looting thenselves.
          It was because of the chicken,that the lizard got to wet his throat.
          HELLO SIS,Ibeg waif first now.We are not criminals,its kinna like lucky dip if u get me.
          As for the coins flying away,thats never going to happen,its under lock and key,the rest empolying nigerians and sustaining others.
          Maybe i should just keep quiet.ABI? E MA BINU

      • temisy December 3, 2012 at 9:05 AM

        We are talking about a country with a completely tarnished image and you are at ur own end, talking about the hundreds of millions of dollars they rake in from bilking people out of their hard earned money. The list of legitimate businesses u can do online is as long as ur arm. And it is quite obvious that the government has failed its youth in terms job creation and all that, but are we going to fail ourselves too by indulging in endeavours that paints us black before the international community? I say we look at our hands and see what we have and create our path. Cyber crime is not the way!

      • Tiki December 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        This is as idiotic as saying armed robbers help the economy by feeding their families and extended families. So what happens to victims of the crime? Since you deemed it fit to stoop low and question the author’s training, I feel justified in saying you sound like either a cyber criminal or a beneficiary! Stop justifying crime, fraud, and laziness – instead of saying ‘leaders’ are corrupt, try and fight corruption yourself by practising some homemade honesty.

        • shame on u! December 6, 2012 at 3:11 PM

          TIKI, WE SHOULD FIGHT CORRUPTION OURSELVES YEAH? GO ND FIGHT JONATHAN GOODLUCK NA WEREY!

        • Tosan December 14, 2012 at 4:21 PM

          Trust me I am so shocked …. NOW YOU SEE WHY MANY
          NIGERIANS CAN NOT THINK CRITICALLY … A MAN LIKE THIS @CHUKS
          CERTAINLY CAN NOT THINK ON JOB CREATION NEITHER
          CAN HE HELP IN FIGHTING CRIMES AS A CITIZEN …

          I wanted to get my brother a school inda
          US… Then dey said are we sure about the document
          We provided because they had issues with some
          Nigerians inda past as dey provided them with fake
          Documents …. I felt embarrassed… I smiled, I said its
          Correct …

      • Annie Mae December 3, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        re – “…It’s just a norm to criticize fellow Nigerians. I don’t blame the writer. That’s how he was trained when growing up.”
        If by this you mean he was trained to point out wrong doing when he sees it then I daresay he will agree that’s how he was trained when growing up. Instead of you to see the error in Nigerians killing their own country/economy by engaging in cyber crime you’re attacking the writer. You are part of the problem. Anyone who cannot see what is wrong with this country, and infact promotes the wrong, is part of the problem. I just hope you don’t influence anyone else with this mindset.

    • Tee December 2, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      Well said Bro! I shared your sentiments and I strongly agreed with all your recommendations.

    • Brandigest December 2, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      @chux, in summary what’s your point?
      http://www.brandigest.wordpress.com

    • purplepearl December 2, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      Great article, I must say this issue has done more harm than good, in this part of the country where i study, its a norm. You can hardly find a decent guy who isn’t into cyber crimes and when they succeed, they take the proceeds to Nigeria just like Chux mentioned. That been said, a crime is a crime no amount of justification can make it look less of a crime and it should be stopped!

    • HMN NOT QUITE December 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Mr Alder , as much as I respect you, this write up is flawed. To start with,its not only cyber crime that is the problem. Infact Ibelieve cyber crime is not somuch an issue as corruption is. What happened to the likes of IBoris and co who steal govt funds and are tagged thieves or I.TT as Fla called them. You talk about teaching youth to stop thinking of jobs waiting for them as much as muchI agree with this,where will the youth get funds to start up such when the govt and organisations can’t provide loans no matter how small. There are so many

    • CLP December 2, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      Nah! Our so called ‘leaders’ who has been in government since independence needs to be re orientated. We have a worse reputation for corruption and bad leadership than we do for cyber crimes.

    • HMN NOT QUITE December 2, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      I.TT as fela called them. Fforeigners view Nigeria’s for corrupt prpractices other than yahoo yahoo as people have come up with other fraudulent practices that has worsened what the yahoo practice started. You made salient points but let’s not overlook other issuesad let’s look for lasting solutions

    • Sunshine December 2, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      It’s so true, as a Caribbean person I’ve always thought negatively of the country and the people; because as a child all I heard about it was negative. I even remember back in the day when having a pen pal was cool…. I got a Nigerian penpal and refused to answer his letter (shaking my head in shame!!!). I viewed the country the same way I viewed Haiti. It was only in secondary school because of African history, I started viewing the country very differently. Now, although I recognize that Nigeria is like any other country but with poor management, I think differently. One cannot force patriotism, I will certainly not be patriotic to a country where I can’t get a decent job, healthcare or electricity for that matter. Trust me, when Nigerians are treated equally across the board and the necessities of a good living are provided, the patriotism will come.

    • Haba Naija December 2, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      Firstly I find chux comment which appear to endorse cyber criminals by arguing that they bring hundreds of millions of pound into the Nigerian economy. Were does that argument stop? you can also argue that armed robbers contribute to the economy by murdering and stealing their possession. chux would be surprised that if Nigeria does not have that terrible reputation of being a nation of 419ers it would attract BILLIONS of pounds in inward investment because major international organisations around the world are out sourcing businesses to English speaking countries like Nigeria.

      This is one of the central argument I was going to make, first we need to change our attitude to crime in Nigeria, and I mean all forms of crime, whether its cyber crime of the crime of misuse of public funds. If a close relative comes home with stuff the or she cannot afford on his salary, we should question the source of the wealth rather than just congratulate that person.

      We also need to demand a change from our lawmakers and law enforcers, you don’t need IT graduates to put Yahoo Yahoo out of business, most of them are well known to their community and the infrastructure they use are also quite easy to target if the will is there from our law enforcement agencies.

      • jyde December 2, 2012 at 7:57 PM

        We do what we do because we know our leaders dont have the faintest idea where to even start,let alone catch,you seem to be forgetting that they are too busy stealing and looting thenselves.
        It was because of the chicken,that the lizard got to wet his throat.

      • Tiki December 3, 2012 at 10:14 AM

        Don’t mind them. Beneficiaries of stolen money. They should know that such money has been cursed by the blood, sweat and tears of he who earned it, and they who fraudulently and knowingly enjoy it shall never know true peace or prosperity.

    • Dejisco December 2, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Nice write up Mr.Leke, but If we have to be factual, I feel all of these still boils down to one thing; Corrupt Leaders, they are not making things easy at all. What do you expect of a graduate that finds it so hard to get a job after struggling to make it through school??Then saw a shortcut to archiving wealth??? Who wont jump at it??

    • Leen December 2, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      The govt. is corrupt so how can they fight cybercrime when they themselves are culprits? Please i know u mean well but i must confess…it is a mission impossible. Address the problem of corruption in the system first…and every other thing will regularize itself! It is a monumental task!

    • jyde December 2, 2012 at 7:47 PM

      Now that is what i call a great piece of objective writing.Thanks for a great read.
      However,just as youve identified,my leaders set the example which i live by.
      If they like,which they wont they can search,hack and track till kingdom come.
      I could be in the I.G of police’s backyard and still make money on-line.
      I know im part of the problem,but im not stealing billions from people left to sift through rubbish dumps and live in abject poverty.
      Ands thats just an understatement of how unequal and unfair nigerian society remains till today.
      Not many will own up to being a wrong doer,but HEY our leaders actually flaunt theirs.
      So as the good old saying goes”wetin concern me inside”?
      But e concern me and your piece stabs deep and hurts,as im one of untold who feel leftout and have to fend for ourselves.
      Please dont get me wrong,i have and never will write bad of my home online.
      Do i need to?Look at our leaders,they do all the bad public relations to disgrace the whole of africa.
      I really understand your views,coming from the cyber/self/resourceful money making side and i honestly wish i could use these fingers to do an honest days living.Please believe me i really do.
      But for nijah how again man wan survive?Im not one for sticking my head up big/rich man/womans arses and kissing butt just to get a crust of ill gotten loot.
      I might as well run for public office and help completly ruin my country like our politicos.
      Yet again it doesnt excuse how some of us make a living.
      Its a horrible case of catch22. Not many will admit to having qualms about using the web to eat.
      Whos to blame them?We went to school with aspirations of nation building,what are we faced with?utter complete chaos and corruption with immpunity.
      Hence our behaviour.
      I doubt if my lame explanation of lifestyle choice will impress many but im not about to scavange rubbish tips whilst we can bombard the WWW and eat.
      A quick word to our greedy rich.We are getting closer by the day and i swear before god and man,your accounts will be drained via trojans and jailbreakers sooner or later,so start keeping your stolen billions under your beds.
      Thats our real target,not the change in overfed oyinbo peoples accounts.
      IM as patriotic as the next young/letdown nigerian.
      GOD BLESS ONE NIGERIA

    • temmy December 2, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      Let’s say it as it is “Stealing is Stealing”there is no justification for defrauding another person because ur country is not fair to you,for all those graduates looking for job,let’s strive hard and create jobs 4 ourselves;come to think of it (Tuface,genevieve,flavour,Frank Oshodi,Joshsamuels,Pst.Adeboye,alibaba,clarence peters,cobhams,Barrister wale ogunade,);if these pple can create somethn 4 themselves why not you?( The movie industry,fashion industry in the country is moving on and we’r making clean money.its not easy but its getting better by the day.

    • omoyeni hope December 2, 2012 at 11:45 PM

      Leke Alder consulting boss thumbs up

    • Dee December 3, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      Wow Chucks, so we are supposed to applaud cyber criminals because they bring the money back home? No , ill gotten wealth is never to be praised . Without you criminals more people would be willing to conduct legitimate business with Nigerians. Yahoo boys or men and woman are as bad as our corrupt leaders as they make life even harder for the citizens who are trying to earn an honest living. Society must stop Praising people with ill gotten wealth as big boys and big girls as in fact they are nothing but criminals!

      • jyde December 3, 2012 at 6:17 PM

        The last time i checked the constitution,i dont remember seeing anything that would deter an individual with a brain using it.Just a thought,but is it a crime to break an unwritten law?
        If u have internet look it up yourself.Im not giving u ideas though.

    • tana December 3, 2012 at 1:09 AM

      BLACKLISTED NATION

      • shame on u! December 6, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        COOL STORY!

    • YANKEE December 3, 2012 at 2:52 AM

      Nigeria’s image isn’t tarnished by Yahoo Yahoo. But the corrupt leaders who choose to focus on the Yahoo yahoo petty crimes as a way to divert the attention from their own fraudulent ways. “Yahoo Yahoo”. Is ALL over the world, not just Nigeria but when one speaks of corruption/bad image the FED GOVT diverts the attention from them to petty internet criminals. EBAY, Alibaba, Paypal credit card companies don’t respect Nigeria or Africa because they don’t respect our GOVTs. Its common sense, How can Nigeria’s Image be tarnished by Yahoo Yahoo, where 74% of the people don’t have access to the internet? I hate when people say Yahoo Yahoo this and that. Our Govt Leaders are looked at as small children in the world Arena, they cant control their own looting crimes so cyber crimes is nothing to them. China has the most fraudulent fake things in the world and EVERYONE knows it but its government is well respected in the scope of things. People will still buy their counterfeit products, fake internet spyware etc. But see Nigeria a country where the leaders have no integrity, a country where the “leaders” are not respectable or admired. Nigeria in the top 20 countries in the world that use internet and cannot receive pay pal accounts. HEAR my WORDS- THOSE Ebay,Ali-baba, paypal,Visa will soon be begging to incorporate Nigeria into their dealings. We are too big to be ignored. My Indian professor always say that! As we speak now those companies are contemplating how they can tap into our country as a gateway to Africa- No non Nigerian would have thought of IROKTV- see how well it is doing!

      • jyde December 3, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        Thank you.People just dont see the bigger picture.

      • Purpleicious Babe December 3, 2012 at 9:10 PM

        I agree with the points highlighted….. I think that our Govt do have tarnished image abroad and will continue to do so unless things change. But to be honest, each country has it good and bad, I guess Niaja is just extreme in it dealings. I dont condone it but there are alot of deep rooted issues (i dont know how it can be wiped out). I will stop here. Mean while, serious grammar and explosive words in the article.

    • YANKEE December 3, 2012 at 3:06 AM

      EBAY SAY: “Always be cautious when sending money OR merchandise to the following countries: Romania,Russia,China,Nigeria-West Africa, because of the VERY high scam rate. Indonesia and Brazil” —- but Nigeria is the only country they refuse to deal with. They still send merchandise to Romania,Russia,China, Indonesia and Brazil. If it was solely about “yahoo yahoo” those countries would be regarded the same as Nigeria but NO they are a higher priority than Nigeria. So I say its bcause we are a large Black Nation with a CORRUPT govt

    • jyde December 3, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      Why is everybody flogging the INSTANT MESSENGER? You guys dont seem to understand that
      without adequte social infrastucture,people are left to their own resources.
      Some of us only have trojans and encrypted e-mails with which to keep our minds active.
      If i was given a job,a job where oga no go chop inside my salary,do you really think i would stand next to ATM’S reading transactions?Or helping overfed fat lazy oyinbo people ease the burden of their huge bank accounts?NO! I wouldnt.Its beyond reality,but maybe one day if nijah govt opens a cybercrime department,then those guys wey dey do am might just sign up and gain real employment.
      What the hells the point of having a brain and then have to sit down bored out of your mind not being able to use it?
      Im not stupid nor am i lazy.However if you really knew the extenet of your online systems,you would offer me a job today today.
      E-commerce with its security encryptions are hacked and updated on an hourly basis,hence we study hard and find challenges to tackle just to keep us occupied.
      Not everone needs millions to feel good.
      Im just fed up and frustrated at the state of my nation,when i know our potential,but have to sit back and watch nigeria being looted and destroyed by corruption.
      Have you people really got any idea how much money has been stolen?
      No you havnt or else you wouldnt worry about those eating change,you would weep for our nation.
      Explore the freedom of information act online and see how much nijah politicos have stolen.
      Then maybe you just might understand what we could have built.
      With our education and human potential we should be a force to be admired and respected
      instead our leaders point finger at others while they ruin our childrens future.
      Not to worry though because even their monies are not safe.
      If it wasnt for the havoc it would cause innocent hard working nigerians,do you think certain accounts wouldnt have been targeted?
      Dont be mistaken,some people do have nigerias best intrests at heart otherwise there would have been a FIRESALE in nigeria a long time ago.
      Those with I.T education know what im talking about,so dont shoot the yahoo instant messenger just yet.
      Ive never taken one kobo,cent pence from any greedy stupid fool who couldnt afford it,and it feeds many here for nijah.
      Yea im unrpepentive even daring and careless exposing myself.ABI?
      Maybe you guys didnt hear me.Im bored,sick to death of watching my people scavange on rubbish dumps for a living.
      Have you any idea how that hurts?
      Its hard to explain why we stand and read your transactions for fun in the malls.
      Maybe its because we can,or maybe its because i would rather do this than watch the destitution and suffering all around,when i know given govt investment we ciuld all be living fruitful productive lives for the greatness of nigeria.
      If only people could understand that not all yahoo yahoo boyz were the same.
      And please think up a better name.
      Yahoo went out with the trash over ten years ago.
      My people you really dont have a clue.Blame the govt who set the example.
      Meanwhile if u get an e-mail from a worm calling himself trojan switch off and consult your oracle.
      GOD BLESS NIGERIA A GIANT WHO WILL ONE DAY WAKE AND COMMAND RESPECT.

    • jyde December 4, 2012 at 3:56 AM

      Why do so many people refuse to acknowledge the fact that some of the money made online by those tagged criminals helps other nigerians?
      If only you guys knew how much is put back into our economy,you just might see this issue in a diffrent light.
      Im not lying to you,the past govts since 1960 havnt spent /invested nothing.Others however have.Do you think people keep their money in banks?NO!Its put to good use by investing in business here at home.
      Ok, i accept our reputation is tarnished by cyber crime,sure it is.However what of our leaders since 1960?Theyve ruined any chances of foreign investment.Apart from julius berger/halliburton to name a few who have raped us in collusion with their corrupt partners who give them the go-ahead.
      The scope of this issue defies logic.Please believe me.If only you would research on-line and see for yourselves.
      We have so much human potential,mineral resourses and will power to take our seat amongst the giants of industry.Ten times over.
      Why should you believe me?Im just a bored,frustrated “fool”.Yes fool as a family member has called me for having dreams of national greatness.
      My crime?I have a conscience and have given loans to others who trade and put into our economy.How long can one remain sane among utter chaos?
      People scavenge on rubbish dumps for chirsts sake.Others starve or die from preventable and cureable illnesses whilst our govts have proped up western economies for decades.
      Am i wrong to wish i lived in a fairer society?
      “Youre too like your mother” Because she ran a free/give what you can clinic.
      If my own blood and rulers set such examples of selfishness,what chance do others in my positon have?
      As a child,i took things apart,radios,gameboys,computers and after a goood flogging put them back together again.So did many others like me who are just curious and backward to think we can change the way things are.Thats what i deduced from harsh words and punishment.
      Leave things be and dont rock the boat.
      REALLY?I DONT THINK SO!
      I will always dream that nigeria and nigerians can and will change.If not in my lifetime then in generations to come.
      I have friends with similar sentiments,but we dare not voice them publicly.
      We are not lazy criminals looking for quick money,thats a formality.
      We now find ourselves part of a generation of frustrated dreamers who spend our time watching our elected representatives scratching their heads from the public galleries in amazement because they cant send their love txt messages and e-mails on tax payers paid equipment.We sit in amazement ourselves at the complete chaos these men and women are causing instead of serving the nation.
      We have china to thank for space age toys which jamm and tap into stupid non existent megabite encryption security.
      Have the public any idea how primitive and useless and unprotected our state is?
      Both document and finacial systems are childs play.But hey whos complaining,it gives one a reason and a challenge.It also gives the nigerians working in the I.T sector work to do,as ive seen what IBM/CISCO and other so called security consultants give their workers to do everyday.I dare anyone to lie and tell me they are not bored out of their minds at work blocking threats that they could do with their eyes closed.
      We can take care of our own needs.Nigerians are skilled and monumentally blessed with the knowledge to run our own ISPs.Forget south africa we nigerians deserve a shot at running things ourselves.But then the politicos and the foreign consutants wont make their childs play money at the expense of millions of nigerians going without basic god given rights being denied us.
      I guess im trying to express my thoughts here at great personal risk.however im not alone.
      There are millions of educated and uneducated people barely surrviving whilst 0.001% lead us down the path to ruin,and spend the nations wealth on what?
      Sure theres an affulent middle class happy with their trappings of success and comfort.
      Thats a good sign,but look east towards asia,they were in the same position as us 50/60 years ago.They have corruption but they also know the value of investment in infrastructure and their youth.
      Im young,comfortable,not poor but unhappy bored and disillusioned.How on earth can one spend their days thinking of what could have been in their twenties?
      Not all cybergeeks are a danger to nigeria.We are a wasting talent,who do what we do because we can and have no leadership to aspire to.
      You dont see us reading and phishing hard working peoples ATMcards and cloning their cards.Of course not.Cybergeeks,notice i use the word geeks not criminals as the constitution is yet to define cybercrime in detail.Please take note of that.Next time you find yourself in the public seating,be it state or federal legislature ask yourself what exactly our officials and leaders are writing and typing.
      Now with tablets and worms/trojans things could get ugly were those bored left out well meaning educated young amongst us tun out of ideas to piss off those wrongly elected.
      I guess ive made no sense whatsoever apart from a feeble attempt to explain,not justify some peoples actions and lifestyles.
      But please ask yourselves why would 16year old students and men and women of all ages be taking advantage of theWWW If they saw a nation racing ahead like the asian economies?
      Could it be the example society is setting by applauding govts who have sold us short?
      Im sure we would all do better if given the opportunity.
      NIGERIA WILL ONE DAY TAKE HER PLACE WHERE SHE BELONGS.

    • Tosan December 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      CHUCKS and SHAME ON YOU ….. I can see both if are
      Just two complete idiots …. For crying out loud can anyone pls
      Tell me how tha hell cyber crime generate income
      For a country … And goverments don’t create jobs,
      People create them … Goverment role In this job creation
      Is just to invest in quality teachers that can inspire
      We youths and up coming generations so that we can think
      Independently … so I don’t know how crime should
      Be a way of living … Stealing ppls money and valuables
      And you think its cool ? Because your goverment is not
      That cool ? You gat to be kidding me …. You taking peoples sweat
      And you think its nice Nd you happy about it ?
      You so so kidding me …. If this is wat u ll teach ur kids
      Am afraid what ds country ll be…. I liv inda united state
      And wen u tell ppl you a nigerian, dey know us
      We are popular Buh wen it comes to business just
      Cut it, one thing again … If u have paypal in America once u
      Access it with Nigerian IP address then dey block it… Online shopping
      Dey decline our cards…. How sad … Am out