- Senator Ben Murray-Bruce revealed that operatives of the Department of State Services barred him from greeting President Muhammadu Buhari
- The senator warned Buhari that if his "handlers selectively block access to him, he runs the risk of being surrounded only by sycophants"
Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) have reportedly prevented Ben Murray-Bruce from greeting President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a series of tweets posted on Monday, May 30, the senator representing Bayelsa East senatorial district, revealed that the incident happened at the Aso Rock presidential villa during a dinner organized to mark 2016 Democracy Day.
The dinner was hosted by Buhari, and had in attendance Bukola Saraki, the president of the Senate; Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the House of Representatives; Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president; Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress, among others.
Murray-Bruce is known to be very critical of the current administration, particularly Buhari. Therefore, Nigerians wondered why the senator expected a handshake from the president after his numerous insults and criticism.