The Internet is talking about Senator Ben Murray-Bruce again.
President Muhammadu Buhari hosted a presidential dinner on 30, May in honour of the national House Of Assembly members.
Nope, the legislatures did not announce after they’d had their fill that they would be slashing their salaries. Nothing to be excited about.
Apparently, everyone went home happy, except Senator Murray-Bruce of course.
He came to rant on Twitter that he was being blocked from meeting the president.
I was at the Presidential villa today. Went to the President's table. DSS wouldn't allow me greet him but let another Senator greet him!
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) May 30, 2016
Sniff sniff. What’s that smell?
Then Senator Shehu Sani commented on Ben’s statement and we summarised it in one photo.
Shehu Sani said;
I was surprised to learn that one of us later disclosed that he was prevented by security agents from coming close to Mr President.I personally experienced NO such.
So Uncle Ben, what happened?
Another Senator, Adesola Adeyeye put the final nail in the dramatic coffin. He said;
“I was at the dinner. I sat in the front row along with other Principal Officers of the National Assembly. I had a vantage view of what transpired. I am disappointed by this comment from a respected colleague.
I have on two occasions provided robust defense of Sen Ben Bruce. Not this time!
It was Sen Dino Melaye who first went to greet those seated at the president’s table, including president Buhari.
He was well greeted. No one in the senate has criticized President Buhari more than Sen. Melaye.
But as others rose to do what Dino had done, the scene got clumsy and indecorous because people were approaching the President’s table from different directions.I sat between Sen Olujimi and Sen Bwacha. The three of us felt embarrassed by what was clearly a breach of dinner protocol. At that level, if dinner was served or being served, good etiquette demanded that the President’s table should not be approached. One should wait until people had finished eating.
No senator in the USA would breach such elementary protocol. We (on my table) predicted in whispers that colleagues would soon be barred from approaching the President’s table and it happened.
The first person to be turned back was Sen Gemade who was visibly embarrassed. He belongs to the APC; he is not a known critic of the President.
When I noticed that most people had finished their food, I approached the table and offered my pleasantries. Others followed suit. No one was turned back.”
Uncle Ben, beht why?
Twitter might not have all the answers to the world problems, but it has a few answers for Senator Murray-Bruce.
Like how he needs to just calm down.
Or how anything he says or does might be used against him in the court of Twitter.
I have pictures of Ben Bruce eating incase he decides to say the president ordered the caterers not to serve him sha
— Major General Daddy D.O🇳🇬 (@DOlusegun) May 31, 2016
And then to the morale killing question;
Senator Ben Bruce Murray keeps lowering the bar. To what end? Omashe o.
— HENRY Okelue (@4eyedmonk) May 31, 2016
Fellow Nigerians, what is doing our common sense Senator?