Sen. Ben Murray-Bruce who celebrated his 60th birthday yesterday has come out to clear the air following complaints by Mass Communication students of University of Lagos who felt mistreated at the event.
After the event, one of the aggrieved students, Abidemi Adesokan wrote an article titled ‘Who is Genuine in Nigeria?’
“Senator Ben Murray Bruce turned 60 yesterday, he took the opportunity to launch his book “The Common Sense Revolution” but it’s sad to see that the event in its totality portrays the average Nigerian Politician. “Usually, I hate to attend these so called “Big” events but it was Ben Bruce, the common sense guy, I jumped at the opportunity to go with my department, department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos, as we were invited with a letter and we were feeling all important. We didn’t know it was an invitation to humiliation. “At the venue, we were told to go upstairs, we didn’t mind, as they said that area was reserved for students. Getting there, I realized it was a perfect view to watch the “Elites” wine and dine. Still, we didn’t care. We only began to care when the ceremony kept going on and all tables kept getting additional contents and we were just there, like Observers. Don’t forget that we were invited, as I said earlier.
“While all of that kept happening, I still didn’t care because they said every guest will get a free copy of the book. I wanted the book so, I waited on. At the end, only the guests got the Book. I had to look at our invitation to be sure we were guests. Yes, we were guests but the stiff class stratification that Senator Bruce Criticizes came to play. “It’s so sad to see that the actions of the Common Sense Guy justifies the “Common Sense is not so common” statement. “Since I know it’s all fake, I’d like to give a professional PR advice. It’s so bad, if you invite Nigerian students, who will, to a large extent, determine your political success, to an event only for them to watch you and your rich friends dine. Their votes aren’t even enough. “Writing a book about Common Sense doesn’t actually make you have Common Sense. We aren’t hungry people. We are Unilag Students and we are contented with what we have, we wouldn’t go to shop 10 to sweet-talk anyone about common sense, just to get rice.
“Happy Birthday, Senator Ben! Thanks for the deceit, segregation and above all, thanks so much for the Palm oil made Jollof Rice with a meat-like object.
“I am Abidemi Adesokan, A concerned Nigerian Student who believes there is hope for Nigeria, but Bruce isn’t just that guy.”
The Senator, well known for his #CommonSense campaign has applied some of that ‘sense’ in apologizing to the students, while explaining why it was impossible for him to have attended to the over five thousand guests that attended the event.
Murray-Bruce also promised to make copies of his book, A Common Sense Revolution, available to the students.