It is no news that the youths of today, especially in Nigeria want to amass the wealth of Bill Gates at 23. Fraudulent activities such as cyber crimes fondly called yahoo-yahoo and G+ is now on the rise and about 70% of the Nigerian youths especially the males are involved in this mischief. According to CBN “Draft 2018 Half Year Economic Report”, commercial banks in the country lost ₦12.06 billion to fraud and forgery in the first six months of 2018. While the females can do anything to have a flamboyant and glamorous lifestyle. This drives them into wanting to wear the latest clothes, hairdo and possessing sampling edge-cutting tech phones. They end up becoming victims of these various atrocities.

Stories of how parents and loved ones die mysteriously, to how girls get missing still make the round. What is more worrisome is the alarming number of female corpses, which are found on a daily basis in hotel rooms, bushes and the likes. Not leaving behind the latest scheme of making fast money, which is the use of female panties.

One would sit down and ask why this lifestyle? The reason is what I call misplaced priorities.Youths between the age of 22-28, should have a goal to build oneself academically, acquire skills, be innovative, be industrious and get a decent job or become self employed. Making outrageous sum of money and driving flashy cars should be the least of one’s priorities but no, this is the main goal of youths of today.

The most pitiful thing about this goal is the reason behind it. Just to buy Benz, pick and party with hot babes and be called “OLOWO”. The excuse for their choice of lifestyle is Nigeria’s economy, unemployment and corrupt government. Permit me to say, it is not altogether the fault of the government as unhealthy mindset, lust for money (avarice) and most importantly misplaced priorities have taken the front seats in the hearts of the youth.

The consequences of these actions are detrimental to the country’s reputation. Today, most legit online deals have been struck out simply because a Nigerian party was involved. Nigerians in Diaspora now walk with their heads down because of the shame our youths have brought upon them.

Until the youths of today change their mindset, work hard, be honest, persevere and allow nature take its course while remembering that there is time for everything, I doubt the trend of cyber crimes will be a thing of history in Nigeria.

Parents and guardians should keep a keen eye on their children and question the source of their income; otherwise, this trend will never stop.

Ever more so, the devil-may-care attitude of Nigerian government is unconscionable. They should play their role in providing good jobs for our youths, stop misappropriation of funds and money laundering and be of good example to the youths: Say NO to corruption.

Set your priorities right.

 

This article was written by Ikwuegbu Benedicta; connect with her on IG here

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