Nigeria class warfare: Right vs wrong

Soon to be President Buhari has a lot of work in his hand. We are counting on him to fight corruption. We have other issues that need to be addressed along, one that is very important is for everyone to learn to work together for the common good.

I thought Senator Ben Murray-Bruce speech was very good.

He talked about issues that many would shy away from. The fact that his grandmother’s village had no safe drinking water when he first visited assures me he is aware that millions of Nigerians are still in this similar position.

He talked about compassion for the ‘least of us’ stressing the fact that educating selected few in world-class universities is not enough as the millions left behind are big in number, enough to make a mess of the few elite ones.

We already see this at work. I saw it myself during my visit to Kano a few years ago, I bet most of those reduced to begging on the streets are the same ones with the guns today.

One of my favourite points was the 1% of national budget on pilgrimage to Mecca and Jerusalem – God help me whoever thinks this is a great idea? I bet both countries would be praying we’ll never wake up to see how ridiculous this sounds especially for a country that can’t pay salary of workers.

And the part where he talked about the government officials allocations – ha ha, now we see why there is too much blood shed to get into office. 469 public officials to fly first class when not in private jet – incredible. God bless BA and Virgin.

Orisa oke ma je k’eni t’ogo ko gbon, k’eni o gbon le maa ri tu je bii isu (May the God in heaven keep the stupid ones ignorant so the wise can ‘eat’ them up like yam).

I don’t believe a word any politician says anymore, I believe their actions, however, someone who actually could articulate his ideas to a big audience like this is worth listening to.

“Nigeria is too poor for the leaders to act like multi billionaire and Nigeria is too rich for people to be so poor” Ben Murray-Bruce.

Good speech overall, Mr Senator.



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30 replies

  1. Lets hope he will match his words with action, likewise the general

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  2. “I don’t believe a word any politician says anymore, I believe their actions”…quote of the year FK. Lets see how well he does what he says. I’m up for anyone who can in his little way refocus our thinking by his actions and bring the needed change and it all begins with you (Mr. Bruce), you (FK) and you (FK).
    We are in it together.

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  3. FK
    I’m glad I took the time to listen to this clip.

    He is very unusual for a Nigerian, his audience is part of the problem, it is they and their ilk that are responsible for the desperate state of affairs we see in Nigeria. They can clap politely, the man was merely sounding out some home truths (like you do). At least he was allowed to speak, for that we must be grateful.

    I liked the way he dismissed the ‘divisiveness issue’ that people are so ready to run and hide behind, the problem with the South-South and North-East is the same…

    We have been talking about many of the issues he raised and Nigeria’s unwillingness to change. People know what they should be doing, but don’t act accordingly.

    To me he was a breath of ‘fresh air’, let us see what he will do. But at least he has the speech “down”. Talking about real issues that affect real lives.

    The problem is many people will rally to his cause, but very few are sincere and genuine, they will still be highly corrupt and self-serving which will impede and if not guarded against de-rail his efforts.

    I wish him success in his quest.

    Thank you for posting this clip and offering your comment.

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    • Thanks jco.

      True that only few are sincere but imagine if he is ‘loud’ enough to get handful of decision making bodies inscribe some of his ideas into the constitution?

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      • FK
        I saw this clip

        I was very impressed by his idea for tacking corruption, as you said “it shouldn’t be the sole focus”. His pragmatic approach for bringing back illegally looted funds, to use in growing the economy made complete sense.

        I did raise the issue about Nigeria and outdated technology in your post about reviving the education system, he also talked about that, providing 50 000 technology jobs in each state. But how can that be done when education is neglected?

        I didn’t understand his idea about removing the oil subsidy. He said remove the oil subsidy but fix the price for transportation. Then what happens to the difference? Where is that money coming from? That part I didn’t understand.

        We hope this man will have an impact.

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        • I don’t quite get his explanation on subsidising for mass transport system neither.

          I think he was trying to show his empathy for the poor that would undoubtedly be mostly affected by oil subsidy removal.

          I suppose if oil subsidy is removed, less incentive for oil thieves, therefore govt received most of oil revenues. So by fixing transport price, govt is basically returning some of the extra revenues to the people, while oil thieves are shut out. Makes sense?

          Not sure what Senator had in mind, but this solution would work in a fairly organised society.

          I would personally stay off subsidising the public transport for now and give the money back into improving other parts of people’s life i.e education/roads/water/health/security.

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          • I see now. Its all about cutting out the oil thieves.
            I think your suggestion of education etc makes good sense.

            50 technology jobs for each state seems far fetched. You’re telling me 50K tech jobs for Ekiti and then a further 50K tech jobs for neighbouring Ondo, similarly 50K tech jobs for Ebonyi and 50 K jobs for next door Abia – unlikely. Maybe if he divided 50 by 10 and say 5K tech jobs…

            Thanks for the explanation.

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            • jco – You made me LOL.

              Of course the 50k job/state was him talking out of excitement…

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              • It is better to under-promise and over-deliver rather the opposite…

                I saw a clip by Mr Ben Murray-Bruce where he was addressing the question of ‘bunkering’ (oil theft). In this clip from 5.55, he suggests:
                – Granting them an amnesty
                – Giving them a loan to start modular refineries
                – Selling them unrefined crude oil at half-price.

                I do have a problem with this on several fronts.
                – The oil thieves are guilty of theft, trespass, vandalism and environmental destruction.
                – Granting them a loan to start modular refineries. What is the criteria required to get such favorable treatment? Is it to be a thief and have no regard for the law of even the owners of the equipment or the lands of the people that have been damaged as a result of their actions? Or be one of his constituents?
                – Why should they buy crude from the NNPC at half-price? Who does the oil belong to? It should be run professionally along business lines as it is elsewhere in the world. This favoritism only encourages what we currently see, ie waste and corruption.
                – The industry should be run professionally and efficiently, this requires planning. I can’t see that throwing loans to the indigenes of the area for modular refineries, will lead to the best use of resources, sounds like another avenue for abuse to me.

                He raises the point that an ‘illiterate’ can crudely refine oil. Being an illiterate doesn’t mean one is a fool, they can still understand instructions and follow processes. But the major point is that with learning, the process can be done more efficiently, profitably and with less environmental damage as Nigeria must have one of the worst if not the worst record for environmental destruction in oil producing areas, not to mention health and safety.

                I ask for your take, as you can often see things that I can’t see and have local knowledge. I don’t think that this is the best solution to the problem. We need to have some sort of law and order.

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                • Thanks for the clip jco. – I’ll tell you what I admire in the senator is his efforts in raising thought provoking questions and awareness on many crucial issues often overlooked by those in public offices.

                  Who does the oil belong to? I suppose it is Nig. government and again shouldn’t the owner of such a lucrative business protect the interest of local people? This is why there is bunkering in the first place – everyone taking law into their hand.
                  I suppose Senator might be a little sympathetic to the thieves given they have been in business for a long time and might be resistance to change unless they are compensated.

                  I don’t support his reasoning neither because if the govt turned their attention to repair our broken refineries, pay attention to the local oil producing regions employment rate and mandate ethical extraction with locals health in mind – oil bunkering will reduce.

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                  • Your suggestions make more sense to me.
                    I think because his ‘constituents’ are heavily involved, he has developed a ‘blind spot’ on this matter.

                    Another thing is that granting loans for modular refineries and selling oil at half-price, will make those who are involved in these refineries millionaires. Being a millionaire is a long way removed from someone working for reasonable wage. If large scale refineries are repaired and brought back into production then those working on them will not be millionaires. There is a big difference between the two.

                    At least he raised it, and it can be worked upon, but as it stands I can’t support that.

                    Thanks FK.

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  4. Nola,
    I listened to your Senator Ben Murray-Bruce and was so moved by his speech. That is what we need here in Canada too. I pray that he is able to fulfill those dreams.
    Leslie

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