“Learn from Dubai” Ben Murray-Bruce Rips Buhari for Having “Old” Ministers with #YouthsInNigerianGovt

ben murray bruceSenator Ben-Murray Bruce is giving us another ‘common sense’ talk on his Twitter today.

Ever since he was elected, he has been creating trending topics covering different aspects of the government.

Today he is comparing Nigeria’s leaders to those in other countries, saying we have old leaders (of the present and the past) and we need to look to the youth – the future.

He also clapped back at a Twitter user who tried to call him out for his own age.

He also clapped back at a Twitter user who suggested he’s not practicing what he preaches.

30 Comments on “Learn from Dubai” Ben Murray-Bruce Rips Buhari for Having “Old” Ministers with #YouthsInNigerianGovt
  • Debbie Ade February 12, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I might as well be the first to comment. Ben Bruce does have a point.

  • lola February 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    But uncle Ben,you are also old now? Shebi u go turn 60 soon

  • Ladybird February 12, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Ben Murray is on point! (Claps)

  • Ada February 12, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    See pot calling kettle black! What has Ben Bruce achieved as a lawmaker? Nothing. Bernie Sanders is in his 70’s so also is Michael Bloomberg who is considering a run for the white house. It is not the age but the person’s vision and commitment to do the right thing. Our former president is in his 50’s how far did that get us?

    • Biker Chic February 12, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      By your standard, no where bah? This old one might just drag a whole nation with him to the grave.

    • Glory N February 12, 2016 at 11:55 pm

      Ben Bruce has sponsored 4 bills since he came to the senate last year (word securities nationwide Bill; National alternative energy Commission Bill; There was one on independent elected Public prosecutors, cant remember the title). While I do not agree with the idea of some of the Bills, at least he’s doing something unlike some people who have been there for almost 8years and can only boast of dashing decoders to their constituents.

      His allowances from the senate (i have read) have been shared to widows in his constituency. Who is your senator again? What contributions has your own senator made at the National Assembly? i find it funny that many people who criticize Mr Bruce do not even know the Senators or House of Reps members representing them. If all our senators were encouraging open discussion like Mr Bruce and also getting the sort of scrutiny he’s been getting on social media, I dare say the National assembly would be more vibrant. Plus last time I checked His businesses employ many Nigerians, unlike some of the politicians who establish businesses abroad with stolen wealth.

      Mr Bruce represents Bayelsa East Senatorial District, only his constituents can vote or recall him, I suggest that we all look for who our individual reps are to demand accountability.

    • nene+ February 13, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Your preferred ancestor has led lead Nigeria to depression with his daft policies!!!

      The 50 years old president you don’t appreciate grew Nigeria by 7% never ever seen before!! Your preferred has dropped it to 3 % and still dropping!!!! Dollars is already 335 courtesy of your main man in just less than a year!!!

      Some have eyes but can’t see!!!

  • jesusbabie February 12, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    On point. Ben Bruce, pls tell Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole n Mr President to look 2wards d direction of midwives. A year afta graduation, Nursing n Midwifery council hv refused to gv us our notifications n licenses cuz we hvnt gone 4 Midwives Service Scheme(MSS). It’s nt our fault, since dz administration took over, nobody has talked abt mobilising us for MSS. Our lives are @ a stand still. We can nt find good jobs neither can we further our education. Y are dey punishing us???

  • i no send February 12, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    a senator is a leader to abi?? wao ben bruce is a smallie at 60…

  • Tosin February 12, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    God bless him. This is his job.

  • zoranx February 12, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    They are not just old but also out dated.buhari was head of state the year i was born todayhe is still in office as a president. When will it be my turn to take over.

    • ElessarisElendil February 13, 2016 at 10:56 am

      There is no such thing as “your turn”. Form a party, craft palatable policies and make your case to the Nigerian people.

  • Nigerian February 12, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    I guess you are tired; it’s time for your children to continue the looting.

    Where are the Nigerian youths we want to put in government? An average Nigerian is corrupt to the core, no loyalty, maintenance or integrity mentality. I know this comment can draw a lot of backlash but please reason with me. Walk into an average Nigerian establishment in the USA (or anywhere for that matter) and very few of them are well maintained and managed. The owners just care about money and status NOW, no thoughts about longevity and profitability. It’s quite sad.

    I run my own business and when people see my package they fall in love (and trust me it is very basic packaging) yet I have Nigerians asking me why I spend so much money on packaging.

    If you want to bring in Nigerian youths that were trained overseas, that have been successfully “untrained” of the “Nigerian way” there is still a long way to go. Some fundamental issues have to be fixed before handing over to the youths. A lot of people don’t now this but a lot of power in Nigeria is centralized. So you can appoint youths all you want the truth is that the youths cannot fix the issues if they don’t have the power to fix it.

    Solid example: Power supply. Every state that generates electricity in Nigeria has to turn in all the electricity generated into the “National power purse.” The federal government can choose to sell or re-distribute the power supply as they deem fit. This is just abbreviating the complicated process. So you have governors going around promising constant power supply when in reality they don’t have the legal authority to fix the problem.

    Youths are not magicians. You (all the crazies at the top) know what the true issue is so fix that and stop this blame shifting game. Enough already.

  • Exclusive February 12, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Well, while he’s busy making common sense, I hope the lives of people in his constituency are better and there are policies that are being effected for the good of the common man.

    Cos it seems to me like Uncle does spend a lotta time of twitter making #common sense!

  • ElessarisElendil February 12, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I agree let’s forget this democracy nonsense and appoint Sanusi the Sheikh of Nigeria, we will then force Niger and Chad to adopt Sheikhs of their own and merge to become the Central Sudan Emirates. Right? because Dubai did it, its just common sense.

  • …..just saying February 12, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Lol! Yet, the oldie contested for governance? Why didn’t he leave it or sponsor a young person? I think this guy is a joke. Criticising a Govt that you are a critical player in

    • TheRealist February 14, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      @justsaying, “sponsor a young person”? So you would he be a ‘godfather’ which has been the cancer of the Nigerian political system? If young people want to engage in public service (and not just power), they should work for it. Waiting for it to be handed to us is delusional (and like most things that folks do not work for, probably self-defeating).

  • Olusegun Ladipo February 12, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Nice points. But the problem is such as happened in UAE will not work in Nigeria or other African countries, Why? Most of Nigeria’s young ones and youths had being sensitized by the elder politicians to imbibe corrupt malpractices and materialistic attitudes. So appointing 35 years and below as ministers is tantamount to economic catastrophe and destruction. They will leak Nigeria dry. The reality is, corruption has eating deep into Nigerian foundation. That’s the truth!

  • Tunmi February 12, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    By youths, I do hope we are being inclusive of men, women, other-gendered, disabled, etc

  • Rose February 13, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I am actually amazed @ some of the comments here….please what is wrong with Bruce stating that the youths should also be voted into office….we can’t just have oldies in power, we need the young and d old to be mixed up in the govt. If Bruce is going to throw light on this then he sure has my support on this Cause

  • Rk February 13, 2016 at 8:08 am

    They all sat in the house and screened the ministers, when news outlets cried of non inclusion of youths none of them mentioned it, but now UAE appointed young and vibrant people into its key positions Ben Bruce can speak again. Where was his Twitter fingers them??? I am just too tired of ignorant old fools taking to Twitter to complain. Some of Great Britain MP are below 30, this old man too should sit and let there be diversity in the houses. He created silverbird at 25 nice for him.
    LLb, MSC, BL at 24 and I am being offered 60k as starting salary in Nigeria, so yes I am pissed.

    • TheRealist February 14, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      @Rk, if you have all these professional degrees (LL.B. BL and MSc), why are you looking for a job instead of hanging up your own shingle? That firm (or company) offering you N60K was started by someone, you know

  • adda February 13, 2016 at 8:58 am

    did you guys even see where he said “the same minister was screened by father and then again by son??? didnt that pinch you? we must not bash everytime. this man made a point!!!! I am so ashamed of some youths in Nigeria.

  • Lara February 13, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Sen Bruce ! You’re also spent and used inNigerian politics and government
    At 66 you shouldn’t be sitting at the senate. Whatever new ideas you have pass down to those young people

  • Enny** February 13, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    If you think that the aim of the average nigerian youth, if given the opportunity and successfully elected into the govt will be to loot the country’s treasury and continue this taint of corruption on our country’s name, please speak for yourself cos you couldnt be more wrong.

    Nigerian youths tbt, are fed up with this system and this mentality of ‘when i get there mesef go chop’. . Theres so much to do with this country that the old folks im not sure even know about. They’re young people in this country or out, whose voices will never be heard, because they’re busy trying, hussling to make ends meet in this hard country that the papas have made nigeria to be. Let Bruce be that voice to be heard.

    Nigerian youths are tired, hungry, hussling. You have no idea!
    He’s controversial, yes. But controversial is good. Its out of the box/system-thinking. because yes, its time for real change. like really real change.

    • TheRealist February 14, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      @Enny, thank you! What the people of our generation post on social media behind anonymous handles scares me about the future of this country!

  • prince February 13, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I have nothing more to say that to agree with Ben Bruce on this one. Youths are the major stakeholders when it comes to election and we have less or nothing to contribute in the government of the day.

  • concerned9ja February 13, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    chopped my post again!!…don;’t post his rantings if you not ready to post our own robust replies…sort it out…na my fault anyway….na me get time to dey comment!!

  • fleur February 14, 2016 at 5:05 am

    I wont be surprised if most of those aggrieved with Ben Bruce’s comments are youth. Stockholm syndrome. He makes a very logical point. It is called an inequity in social sciences. It is the same argument the oil producing communities have been making. You produce 90% of the nation’s wealth. Yet, only 10 percent or less of your population is involved in the oil business. You get 100% of the pollution and 5% of the progress. For youth under 24, they constitute about 64% of the country, yet, they only occupy 1 position of authority. Okay. Perhaps because of the way our educational system works, many have not graduated. Do they have a legitimate platform for contributing to their government? Nope. Yes, Ben is PDP and loves Jonathan, but please, let us not allow our politics and emotions to blind us to reality. The man talk true. There is a very destructive kind of inequity in this country. Let me not even go into the proportion of our people who have bonafide degrees and qualifications, yet we tend to have illiterates who were once street barrow boys and thugs representing us in massive quantities in local government, and at the state and federal houses while proudly brandishing their unverifiable certificates. .

  • TheRealist February 14, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    While BB was off on several points – most of the Ministers in Dubai are actually OLDER people, but the Ruler of Dubai did appoint 9 new Ministers (out of 29 Ministers) who are mostly young – including a Minister of Happiness! WTF?! However, his overall point is still a very valid one (albeit Dubai is not exactly a viable model of development for Nigeria – being an autocratic monarchy without universal sufferage, built on the backs of substantively slave labor) and I love the shade that he threw at the ignorant Nigerian ‘youths’ (sad reflection of our broken educational system) bemoaning his “appointment” as Silverbird CEO. SMDH

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