Such cases abound, from those
Igbo leaders that are suddenly discovering that the outgoing
President Goodluck Jonathan
lied to them, to
Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma Egba who after
sixteen years of his party’s dominance decides it is time to
lead a non partisan group to a new President-elect to cry on
behalf of the suffering of his dear impoverished state citizens to
those GEJ loving Yoruba leaders who suddenly remember that they
voted for Buhari in the past and of course to new Senator-elect
Ben Murray-Bruce, who out of his patriotism has in the last few days
decided it is time set a manifesto for the new government he did not
The case of Ben Murray-Bruce is a rather curious case because unlike
most public figures who in their younger years start out as
patriots, idealists and even revolutionaries then become realists
and reformists or even fatalists as they grow older, Ben
Murray-Bruce seems to be doing the reverse. The man seems to be
developing the fresh ideas as he gets older and more powerful with
no space for sacrifice or time in the wilderness.
of the Silverbird Group and now Senator-elect Ben Murray-Bruce is no
ordinary Nigerian and he is not like many of our politicians who
before their foray into public office were largely unknown for any
endeavor or influence in the country.
The man has a series of platforms from TV, to Radio stations
that he can use to voice his opinions and he has thoroughly used
them any time he deems fit.
For over three decades, Ben Murray-Bruce has had not only access to
but also influence over information, particularly entertainment.
As an impresario he successfully brought foreign groups and
artists into Nigeria for concerts with his Silverbird Production.
And whilst we were all enjoying the thrill of watching
Shalamar, Kool and the Gang and Lakeside
and others perform in Lagos, some of us wondered why someone like
him did not think of or could not work on exporting some of our
Nigerian artists especially since some foreign promoters were
already interested in the likes of Fela Kuti, Sunny Ade, Ebenezer
Obe, Sunny Okosun, Victor Uwaifo etc. A few of us noted that his
choice of artists were of pure entertainers with no political or
social messages. Let it
be clear, he committed no offence by doing all that and the omission
just indicates a mindset and showcases a level of commitment to
That mindset and level of commitment to sociopolitical sensibilities
did not however impede the Nigerian government under the first
coming of the PDP from appointing Ben Murray-Bruce Director General
of the NTA, that same mindset and commitment to sociopolitical
sensibilities did not stop Ben Murray-Bruce from accepting the
nomination. I have noticed that whilst the new senator-elect speaks
glowing of himself and his achievements in his private business
empire there seems to be a deafening silence over his achievement at
the NTA from him and his hagiographers.
In the last coming of the PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan was
however better informed for he saw it fit to appoint
Ben Murray-Bruce as chairman board of
directors the FRCN, now, as this is a sort of promotion from DG I am
assuming President Goodluck Jonathan was impressed with his
performance as DG of NTA and so was
Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson who decided to appoint him
Special Adviser on Investment and Tourism.
In the last sixteen years, Ben
Murray-Bruce has always been a friend of the ruling politicians and
a staunch member of the PDP; he has never wasted any of his precious
time in opposition nor be part of any protest. He even
unsuccessfully tried to be a governor under PDP in Bayelsa State.
Now that he has become a Senator-elect, guess where? Yes, on the
platform of the PDP, it is a very curious case to see that he is
planning to go to the senate on everything to alien to the PDP. Over
the weekend I read him on twitter and on some online publications
say “we must sell presidential fleet, we must cut the salaries of
public servants”. I hate to state the obvious but really someone
must tell our new Senator-elect that these abnormalities came about
under the rule of a party he was friendly with and under a
government he had access to. We need to remind Ben Murray-Bruce that
maybe we could have saved a bundle if he had spoken to his friends
in power. He needs to be told that what he is asking for is change
whilst he worked for continuity against change in the last
elections. Is Ben Murray-Bruce a traitor or a convert?
The case of Ben Murray-Bruce gets even more curious
when the senator-elect goes on to advice the President-elect on the
art of war, politics and governance and he tells him to discard
ideas and ideologies. No Senator-elect, politics and governance are
based on principles, ideas and an outlook of the world. Your PDP got
itself and Nigeria in this mess we are in today because it discarded
ideas, principles and ideologies.
If the Senator-elect has seen the light and he is now a
convert to change against the continuity of PDP, let him first tell
us when this happened, indicate his road to Damascus and spend some
time in rehab to detox himself of his years of silence in the face
of bad governance and waste.
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