Cybercrime in Nigeria has become a short cut to overcoming poverty for many Nigerian youths. Despite increasing rate of arrest and convictions, many youths in the West African country are still engaged in internet fraud, as a shortest way to achieving their high dreams and aspirations.
These youths look up to their role models, who often times are celebrities, religious leaders, and other affluent Nigerians, whose affluence lifestyles are available in public domains.
In the recent times, just before the coronavirus lockdown, Nigerians celebrities and rich Nigerians had shut down so many international destinations to celebrate themselves or loved ones, spending millions of naira across different destinations.
Of these celebrities are:
Toyin Lawani, a Lagos fashion stylist, flew many other celebrities to Istanbul, Turkey to celebrate her 38th birthday.
The birthday dinner took place at Galata Olympia restaurant followed by an after-party at For Club also in Istanbul.
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Davido elder brother’s wedding in Dubai was described “Superlative”. The groom’s billionaire father, Deji Adeleke shut down the Arab city for 2 days.
The money spent, which is in Dollars runs into millions of Dollars estimated to about over ₦200 million.
The wedding also had in attendance, Ramon Abbas Igbalode aka Hushpuppi, who is currently being tried for multiple cybercrimes in the United states.
These are few of many celebrities parties held outside the shores of Nigeria. Of course, the celebrities work for their money and they have rights to spend same as they like.
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We also have comedians, actors and singers who would display their wardrobes, shoe rooms and other valuables they possessed via their social media handles.
It is no doubt, these vibrant youths are constantly oppressed and influenced (positively or otherwise) by celebrities’ sheer display of affluence, and unarguably they desire such comfortable lifestyle.
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Being role models, celebrities, religious leaders and public figures are being looked up to by so many Nigerian youths, fans and followers; and sincerely, they also desire to live such a prosperous and comfortable life, as seen being displayed by celebrities or role models.
While many recognised hard work, and being the best at one’s profession, as the most secured ways to escaping poverty, and to make ripples in one’s little waves, many others want to gather riches in the shortest period of time, so, they resolved to cybercrimes and other illegal activities.
Let’s summarise it like this, the indiscriminately display of wealth, cars, properties, valuables, sheer extravagance and lavishness at parties by celebrities, must have undeniably influenced many Nigerian youths, who are into cybercrimes and other fraudulent activities, just to measure up or even have a fair share of the kind of riches they see being displayed across various platforms.
Important: This article does not indict anyone for encouraging cybercrime, but alerts those who may be concerned on the effects of their social media actions.
Cybercrime is illegal, punishable under local and international laws, it shouldn’t be encouraged by any means.