Reverend Father Chinenye Oluoma, a popular Catholic priest, expressed his strong disapproval of young Nigerians engaging in internet fraud, commonly referred to as ‘Yahoo Yahoo’.
Fr. Oluoma spoke to his congregation and conveyed his worry regarding the negative repercussions that such immoral behaviour had on both the perpetrators and their victims.
The sermon, which was captured on video and posted to his official Facebook page, struck resonated with a lot of internet users.
Fr. Oluoma started off by bemoaning the appalling way that the “Yahoo boys” take advantage of helpless people and their hard-earned money.
If they continue down this road, he said, people who engage in these practises might not see any success.
In addition, he questioned the arrogance of those who engage in fraud then get upset when criticised by politicians and the general public.
In his words;
“When you pursue wealth at the expense of fellow humans, you are trashing people to get a treasure that will be a trash in your life.
“I don’t understand when people who steal and dupe others get angry when ministers condemn it. Yahoo means a set of people who will just lock themselves in a house, look for somebody who is vulnerable using their computers and dupe the person everything he laboured for.
“Then the person becomes so broke after 30 to 40 years of labouring. You steal everything the person has and the person is dying of depression, High Blood Pressure and heart attack and you are comfortable.
“That some musicians even sing to endorse that kind of lifestyle means to you that it is normal? If Yahoo means tricking people, defrauding them of their hard-earned money, leaving them penniless and they die of heart attack, how do you want to end well? Some people even consider it as a legitimate hustle.
“How can stealing be a legitimate hustle? If you are that kind of person, you can’t end well. If you are into such a thing, please don’t marry because if you marry and you give birth, your children will suffer the consequences.
“At least if you want to be a Yahoo, target politicians who are stealing money. But you won’t target such people, it is people who worked honestly. At least, target the bad politicians so that on the last day you and God may have conversations on it”.