“I am fighting against the elite” | For Ben Bruce, the battle line is drawn

by Ranti Joseph

Senator-elect, Ben Murray Bruce, who has been making controversial statements about the elite for a few weeks, has finally stated the reason behind his crusade.

He says he’s fighting them because they consume the resources of the country at the expense of the poor.

Bruce, who stated this in an interview with Vanguard, explained that it is unfair and totally absurd that a few elected officers monopolize the resources of the country, living a champagne life while majority of Nigerians live below a dollar a day.

“I am fighting against the elite. Definitely, I am fighting them. When they drink that champagne that can educate a child, they should know that I am fighting them. You don’t fly a first class in government while in your private life, you fly economy. I am totally against their lifestyles,” he said.

He added that the level of poverty and unemployment in the country is devastating and more worrisome is the wide gap between the rich and the poor.

“We need to enact laws that favor the masses. The biggest problem in Nigeria today is that our consumption is on the high while production is low. Our leaders in APC, PDP, Labour, APGA and others are all guilty of one thing, which is consuming the resources of the majority of Nigerians.

”Imagine a situation where governors fly private jets, commissioners’ drive a twenty million naira car. Commissioners flying first class, living like kings while the state cannot pay salary of its workers. If a commissioner can have three or four policemen around him, who is policing the poor where they are being raped, maimed, robbed and killed?

“The question is what do we have for the masses? There are one hundred million people living on two dollars a day, in some places, the unemployment rate is 80 0r 90% and then you have governors living a champagne life. Small wonders in some places, thieves steal N50, N200, fishing nets and destroy the lives of the people”.

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