Ben Bruce reveals when Buhari will return


SENATOR representing Bayelsa East,
Ben Murray-Bruce on Friday, disclosed
that President Muhammadu Buhari was
expected back in the country next week.
Murray-Bruce also hinted that there
will be a high-powered meeting between
the Senate and the President when he
returns.
In an interview with Vanguard, he
lamented the continued hardship in
Nigeria and how the country was lagging
behind in its development.
The lawmaker said: “Nigeria has not
really made any progress in the last 2
years. I think we are in big trouble right
now.
“When the President gets back, we
would need to sit down with him and
have a conversation. There is no point
having a conversation with anybody who
is not a president.
“I am thinking the Senate. We will have
a conversation. A bipartisan team will go
and meet with Mr. President and have a
conversation with him. Not APC senators
meeting the president but the Senate
meeting him and have a conversation on
the future of Nigeria.
“That’s what I am gonna propose. That
we sit down with him and discuss the
issues. He’s the president and you can’t
change that and I respect constitutional
authority. He is the President of Nigeria
and we will sit down with him and
discuss the problems facing the country.
“In 2019 when there is another
president, that will no another issue. But
right now, he is the president and we
need to sit down with him and discuss
the issues. I understand he will be here
next week.
“Let’s talk to the President directly. I think it is important to speak with the
President Buhari.”
On the issues to confront Buhari with,
Senator Murray-Bruce said it was all
encompassing.
“All the issues affecting the country.
This is my proposal. I am going to
sit down with the Senate President
and say, look, let’s sit down with the
President.
“He’s not an APC President. He’s
president of Nigeria. So, I don’t want
to say APC governors, senators seeing
him. He should see Nigeria not APC.
This is what I am gonna request,
hopefully it will be granted and we are
gonna have a conversation.
“Everything agitates my mind. The
economy is in trouble, there is inflation,
unemployment, schools, every year,
a million kids cannot go to school.
Automobile policy of Nigeria is 1922
policy. Mass transit policy is 1825. Our
educational policy is 1942 policy. Are
you kidding? We are in the stone age.
These are not caused by him.
“I don’t want to accuse anybody but
previous government did a lousy job.
You have a educational policy set up by
the colonial masters, have you changed
that? Do you have a policy on Power,
Health? Name one rich man who does
not send his child, or himself to be
treated abroad. You spend millions
of Naira in Ghana every year on
education. You have the health stories
in India.
“So, what is going right? That has to
be dealt with. We need to discuss it. I
am not a critic, not here to run down
anybody but I have a solution to our
problem,” he said.



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