Chairman of the Silverbird Group and Senator-elect, Ben Murray-Bruce yesterday continued to express his mind about the situation of the country via micro-blogging site twitter. His tweets showed how angry he is about the non-payment of workers salaries by some governors in the country. He also expressed displeasure about how lawmakers enrich themselves when the people they represent live in abject poverty.
“I’m not going to the senate to make money. I have much more than I need. I’m going there to serve God by fighting for the good of Nigerians!” he declared.
“Party politics is money politics. I assure Nigerians I’ll fight for the right of Independent Candidates to run for office in all elections.
“When I see anger in youths on Twitter, I’m inspired to make a change at the Senate. Don’t stop being angry until you see results you want!
“Constitution allows recall of your Rep/Senator at NASS. Tell them if they don’t support reduction in salary/allowances, you’ll consider it,” he wrote.
Shifting his anger to the governors, Murrray-Bruce said: “The hottest place in hell should be reserved for Governors who live large at public expense while workers with children have not been paid!
While workers in some states, especially Osun and Benue States have been owed for months, their governors reportedly spent hundreds of millions in the past elections. While Governor Gabriel Suswam spent on the senatorial election, Governor Rauf Aregbesola donated towards President-elect Muhammadu Buhari’s success at the polls.
“As far as I’m concerned, until all state workers are paid their salary, no gov, no commissioner, no SA should collect salary or allowance!
“Nigerians are tired of politicians that deliver activity but get paid as if they deliver results. Politics isnt a business. It’s a sacrifice.
“Let us settle this matter once and for all by agreeing that any budget where recurrent is more than capital expenditure WILL NOT be passed!
The Silverbird boss also lamented the level of corruption in the country which has encouraged the coexistence of extreme wealth and extreme poverty.
“As I flew from Abuja Airport, I wanted to weep at the sheer number of parked Private Jets. Extreme wealth coexisting with extreme poverty!
“If we want EFCC to work, the President must be stripped of power to appoint EFCC boss. EFCC Chair should be appointed by the Chief Justice,” he said.
He also educated Nigerians that political parties are not the agents of change they desire. “These guys breath in PDP and breath out APC. NASS must Remove Immunity Clause for real change.
“Why for instance does Nigeria spend tens of billion sponsoring her rich elite to go on pilgrimage. Why can’t they pay out of their pocket?
Rich politicians get free pilgrimage, free medical, free police escort, while those they represent get…..nothing!!! #Nigeriamustchange.
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) May 10, 2015
Murray-Bruce will join the 8th Assembly as Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the National Assembly on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).