Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola has flayed Senator Ben Murray Bruce for offering to donate his wardrobe allowance to workers in Osun state who are owed 8 months salaries.
The senator representing Bayelsa central senatorial district took to twitter on Wednesday, June 17, to announce that upon receiving his wardrobe allowance, he will divide it into two portions, donating half to the Osun state workers and the other half to the head of widows association in his community.
See tweets below:
However, the good gesture by Murray Bruce has attracted the ire of the Osun state governor who accused the Senator of taking advantage of the plight of the Osun state workers to score cheap political points.
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In a statement made available to Premium Times, the governor through the his spokesman, Semiu Okanlawon, on Wednesday, the governor faulted Senator Bruce for turning the plight of Nigerian workers to a thing of entertainment.
He blamed the inability of several states of the federation to pay their workers salaries on the past administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He urged on the Senator to rather call for the reduction of the jumbo allowances accrued to the lawmakers rather than engaging in self-serving philanthropy.
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See the full statement below
Why is Senator Murray-Bruce mocking Nigerian workers?
My attention has been drawn to a tweet by a member of Upper chamber of the National Assembly Senator Ben Murray Bruce of the Peoples Democratic Party from Bayelsa saying he will not reject the alleged hefty pay for members of the National Assembly but collect it and donate to Osun workers.
It is saddening and tragic that Mr. Murray Bruce whom many had accorded a lot of respect is too early in the day joining the fray of politicisation and trivialising the salary issue affecting more than half of the stars of the federation in this ridiculous manner.
While Nigerians are in hot debate over the alleged jumbo pay and the mood of the country Murray Bruce seems to have turned the plight of Nigerian workers to a thing of an entertainment.
Of all the states in the federation who are battling to pay salaries as a result of the precarious economic situation his party the PDP threw Nigeria into why is it that it is Osun he wants to take his pay to? This is certainly playing to the gallery and nothing but a mockery in the faces of Nigerian workers and not only of Osun extraction. It is not only wicked but ungodly to play politics with the suffering of the people.
If the Senator’s conscience tells him his pay is too high especially in the face of the prevailing economic predicament of Nigeria the most honourable thing to do is to lead a protest for reduction and not a self serving philanthropy only in the direction of Osun workers.
Director Bureau of Communication and Strategy
Office of the Governor Osogbo
Several Nigerians have reacted angrily to the news that the members of the 8th National Assembly (NASS) have allocated a N9billion as wardrobe allowance for its 469 lawmakers.