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Ben Murray-Bruce Says No Public Official Should Have a Convoy of More than 3 Cars

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The political commentary from Bayelsa East Senator-Elect and Chairman of Silverbird Group, Ben Murray-Bruce, continues.

He recently took to Twitter to state that no public official except the president and vice-president should have a convoy of more than 3 cars:

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What are your thoughts on his stance?

27 Comments

  1. Naijababeii

    May 27, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Ben i hope d buy ur idea

  2. ssah

    May 27, 2015 at 8:43 am

    we hope so. but really sha, if they like they should carry 100 cars (not that i’d like the traffic it causes), they should sha do the right thing. it’s not about how many cars they put on the road. eish!

  3. Debbie Mccaulay

    May 27, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Has he just woken up to the reality called Nigeria?

  4. Pesh

    May 27, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I pray u practice what you preach. These are the type of pple we need in Nigeria.God bless our great nation.

  5. S

    May 27, 2015 at 9:08 am

    As much as I admire someone coming out to speak for the masses and curb excesses of the government, I find this man’s rantings a bit iffy. He gladly enjoyed d excesses of the PDP all these years and never spoke up. There have been speculations (i am currently too lazy to google) about undelivered projects that he was paid for prior to being elected so if he is truly for the people, he should make restitution and return this money back to the people. Once he makes restitution, then we will believe that he really cares about the common man not just taking pictures of himself in economy, or was it premium economy and all these twitter rantings in the name of giving the incoming government a run for their money (not that having a good opposition isn’t a welcome development). So, Ben Bruce, move out of your glass house before you begin to throw stones cause i didn’t see you complaining whenever GEJ and Patience blocked Lagos with their many convoys. In fact, you hobnobbed with them and enjoyed it. However well meaning these twitter rants are, it isn’t english we will chop. GEJ already gave us that. Show us action in the form of restitution and don’t hide under the guise of the money you chopped was before being in government cause as a private citizen, your money mostly came from the government, therefore, the people you claim you are fighting for.
    P.S. This isn’t an endorsement for excessive chopping and lavish living by the incoming government.

  6. Tosin

    May 27, 2015 at 9:12 am

    he’s right, but i think it’s impossible. some people “dream” of these same convoys. it’s the whole reason they went into public service.
    one day when i heard the number of cars that were granted to a relatively junior public official (not a DG, let’s just say a vice DG) i nearly cried. i mean, they actually calculated that even madam needed an expensive, rugged, military-looking SUV. that is today’s Nigeria, that is the greed we’re living in o. the person that will change that will tie his/her shokoto trouser very well, otherwise.

  7. Aibee

    May 27, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Apart from the President, Vice President and State Governor, no public official needs a convoy of cars, in my opinion. Driver, Security aide in front passenger seat, “Official” and P.A/S.A in back passenger seats, shikena. All the convoy does is make noise, whip civilians to get out of the way. Abeg. IF there is traffic, we should all enjoy the traffic together. We leave our homes at 4.30 so that we can get to work before 8am. Public officials can also do that. By the time we all sit in traffic together on 3MB< maybe you will begin to realise the need for a fourth mainland bridge, an efficient rail system and better public infrastructure in general..

  8. S

    May 27, 2015 at 9:44 am

    The issue here is that the diversification into infrastructure and other assets are financial and are still set in US dollars so by switching from strict natural resource dependency through CBSWF financial assets, countries get similar effects on exchange rates as strict resource dependency.

    • Bleed Blue

      May 27, 2015 at 4:34 pm

      I went to school oh. Good school for that matter. Yet I didn’t understand this ^^ even after reading 4 times.

      Let me try…..are you saying in our attempt to try and move from being fully dependent on oil, we will still end up right back at square one?

    • S

      May 27, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      It was a typo, I was trying to copy something else while doing my own work abeg. This part should be ignored. My main focus is on a person practicing what they preach by taking the first step of redemption themselves

  9. michaek senanu

    May 27, 2015 at 9:48 am

    this is just a political gimmicks. just give them six months and you will see the extravagance from these politicians. they are all the same. wise up Nigerians.

  10. Niola

    May 27, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Mr Bruce, i would like to rephrase that please, No Public Official should have a convoy.. Finito!! This is pure wastage, i cannot imagine MP’s in the UK using convoys…

  11. Tunde

    May 27, 2015 at 10:29 am

    “Convoy will not protect them as much as good governance would” This is to all the politicians in Nigeria!!!!!!

  12. MissCaramelD

    May 27, 2015 at 10:50 am

    A vast majority of MPs in the UK use the tube and trains. They also cycle. I’m sure they would love a posh car but they know they would be crucified by the voting public. Also in central London driving does you no favours. Public transport can be more efficient. This also goes for the bigwig cabinet members. I work near Parliament and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked up to see myself sitting next to a famous politician.

    • Root

      May 27, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Hell will have to freeze over first before this happens in Nigeria. A land where politicians have egos the size of mt. Kilimanjaro.

  13. S

    May 27, 2015 at 10:52 am

    As much as I admire someone coming out to speak for the masses and curb excesses of the government, I find this man’s rantings a bit iffy. He gladly enjoyed d excesses of the PDP all these years and never spoke up. There have been speculations (i am currently too lazy to google) about undelivered projects that he was paid for prior to being elected so if he is truly for the people, he should make restitution and return this money back to the people. Once he makes restitution, then we will believe that he really cares about the common man not just taking pictures of himself in economy, or was it premium economy and all these twitter rantings in the name of giving the incoming government a run for their money (not that having a good opposition isn’t a welcome development). So, Ben Bruce, move out of your glass house before you begin to throw stones cause i didn’t see you complaining whenever GEJ and Patience blocked Lagos with their many convoys. In fact, you hobnobbed with them and enjoyed it. However well meaning these twitter rants are, it isn’t english we will chop. GEJ already gave us that. Show us action in the form of restitution and don’t hide under the guise of the money you chopped was before being in government cause as a private citizen, your money mostly came from the government, therefore, the people you claim you are fighting for.
    P.S. This isn’t an endorsement for excessive chopping and lavish living by the incoming government.
    (I must have copied the wrong message the last time and BN is even refusing to publish so far)

  14. alfred omobola

    May 27, 2015 at 11:59 am

    please why is he just airing his opinion..everything in nigeria is overrated..he should have spoken long before now..i hope he sticks to this new trumpet he his blowing…

  15. OD

    May 27, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    They dont even need a convoy in the first place. It is unnecessary.

  16. S

    May 27, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    As much as I admire someone coming out to speak for the masses and curb excesses of the government, I find this man’s rantings a bit iffy. He gladly enjoyed d excesses of the PDP all these years and never spoke up. There have been speculations (i am currently too lazy to google) about undelivered projects that he was paid for prior to being elected so if he is truly for the people, he should make restitution and return this money back to the people. Once he makes restitution, then we will believe that he really cares about the common man not just taking pictures of himself in economy, or was it premium economy and all these twitter rantings in the name of giving the incoming government a run for their money (not that having a good opposition isn’t a welcome development). So, Ben Bruce, move out of your glass house before you begin to throw stones cause i didn’t see you complaining whenever GEJ and Patience blocked Lagos with their many convoys. In fact, you hobnobbed with them and enjoyed it. However well meaning these twitter rants are, it isn’t english we will chop. GEJ already gave us that. Show us action in the form of restitution and don’t hide under the guise of the money you chopped was before being in government cause as a private citizen, your money mostly came from the government, therefore, the people you claim you are fighting for.
    P.S. This isn’t an endorsement for excessive chopping and lavish living by the incoming government.
    I keep reposting since BN is refusing to post this comment. BN moderator, this isn’t a rant to insult him but to call him to make amends and act not just talk.

  17. Sunshine

    May 27, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Stupid man, you can only sit in one car at a time. Why the need for three??. Two is enough so that one can be a back up. Waste of money.

  18. Naked

    May 27, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Mr Ben Carson abii na Ben Bruce… We know all this already, so I’ll advice you to devote your time to sponsoring bills that will better the lives of the common man when you get to the floor of the nigerian senate. Save us your weekly rhetorics and champion the cause of the nigerian masses when you begin your stewardship in the Senate chamber . Farouk lawan sef talk like this in the past but him disappoint us

    • smh

      May 27, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      what Bruce wrote up there will better the lives of all Nigerians if action is taken, you on other hand keep saying the same vague and bogus shit. what other bill is there than to speak out against wasteful spending on only few.

  19. nwa nna

    May 27, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Security details should not be attached to public officer holders like senators, LG Chairmen/ women, senators, ministers, Legislooters, Special advisers, etc. If they want security, they should hire private security of their own pockets! If you don’t hold a security sensitive position like the the President , VP, Governor, NSA, CBN governor etc then you get not detail & the number of security detail attached to them should be limited to exactly what’s required!

  20. TrulySpeaking

    May 27, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Good governance will protect them more than millions of convoys and bullet proofs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Absolutely true!
    My late father took it upon himself to care for the “street children” within our environment when we were growing up because he believed his own children and family members are not safe if those children become threats to the society.

  21. ejima

    May 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    Ben Bruce you resemble Nigerian Obama…..just thinking aloud

  22. 123

    May 27, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    For every government official, dignitary, or foreign VIP…A security assessment is carried out which determines the kind of security motorcade/convoy and security detail that is required for such an individual. In a normal civilized world, only Presidents,Vice Presidents should have an extensive motorcade, the thing with Nigerian politicians is that they are all obsessed with the showing of power, hence you have a scenario where instead of just 1 or 2 cars..they want to have more, which in most cases is absolutely unnecessary.Now, as soon as you become “something” you want a convoy of vehicles. Better to move in silence than to draw attention to yourself..The auto dealers are clearly not complaining though.

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