Folarin Falana, popularly known as Falz, has criticised the government over its efforts in fighting internet fraud activities, better known as ‘yahoo yahoo’ in Nigeria. The popular rapper on Thursday called on the government to do more to put an end to the increasing rate of crime which has tarnished the country’s image abroad.
He expressed his disapproval of cyber crimes, adding that it is an offence against humanity no matter the living conditions in the country. In a chat with E-Daily, Falz said, “I think the government through their law enforcement agencies are supposed to come in and clamp down on people perpetrating such acts and make sure that people face consequences for their actions; because if they do face consequences, that could be a deterrent to other people thinking about committing such acts.
“I’ve always said this from the beginning of time and maybe I was the first person to get a backlash on this. I’ve never been a fan of celebrating cyber-crime.‘’When I said it in an interview, it got me a lot of backlashes.
‘’I will say it again and again; cyber-crime is wrong, cyber-crime is giving us a horrible name, especially outside Nigeria.“It’s destroying our youths and a lot of people are feeling it’s the only option.
“I understand the sentiment of people were not privileged and feeling like cyber-crime is the fastest way to get money.“But there are people out there actually putting in efforts, toiling, struggling to make it by doing legitimate stuff and not just taking from someone else.“One thing I believe is that you live your life, let others live theirs, as long as you living your life does not affect another person negatively.
“But as long as you are taking from someone else, that is an offence even against humanity and it’s bad.“I’ve never subscribed to it and I’ve never been a fan of celebrating it.”