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#YoungNLegit: The hashtag 'luring' young Nigerians to work hard and earn

#YoungNLegit: The hashtag 'luring' young Nigerians to work hard and earn


Young and legitimate – that is the source of the hashtag #YoungNLegit, as started by Nigeria’s anti-corruption watchdog, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The idea behind it is simply to get as many young Nigerians to work hard and earn as against cut corners and eventually fall into trouble with the law. The hashtag was started earlier this week on the EFCC’s twitter handle, @officialEFCC.

The outfit asked young people to tweet whatever work they were doing with the hashtag in order to ‘‘Show your peers that being involved in a life of crime is a personal choice.’‘ And they gave the first example of how to go about it.

Hardship is no excuse for criminality. There are young people who have chosen the path of integrity. Everyone has a story,' one of their tweets read.

Nigeria – Africa’s most populous and its biggest economy has a long history with corruption in most aspects of the social fabric. The Muhammadu Buhari-led government came to power with the promise to fight the cancer which has given the country a very bad name.

Since the #YoungNLegit hashtag was started, hundreds of Nigerians have posted their professions. Some have hailed the initiative as having given them exposure whiles others have taken the opportunity to seek for jobs in a sly manner.

Below are a series of the tweets – most of which the EFCC has been doing a good job of ‘retweeting’ and ‘liking.’

A tweeter asked if the EFCC was recruiting and got a response

Photo credit: Yussuph Omotayo nuha @kuli_kuli_level

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