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#IAmANigerianNotACriminal: Rotimi Amaechi and Ben Bruce get into a Twitter spat

07 February 2016, 17:03

Lagos - Bayelsa State Senator, Ben Bruce, and Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, got into a passive aggressive Twitter fight over government activities.

The fight began after Japheth Omojuwa, a journalist tweeted, “The reason I will NEVER take people like Ben Bruce serious is because when they saw a leader (GEJ) do wrong, they kept quiet. Don’t be Bruce.”

Ben Bruce didn’t cowl to this blatant accusation, instead he shifted the blame by saying,  “Your own minister spent ?80 million on a one day dinner, yet it is your citizens you accuse of being criminals #IAmANigerianNotACriminal”.

This was an obvious reference to Rotimi Amaechi controversial dinner for Wole Soyinka where he allegedly spent N80 million.

Also Read: House summons Amaechi, others over N1trn rail contracts scam

Never one to back down from a fight, Amaechi also threw his two cents in the bucket by saying: “A coward who is not bold enough to name the minister that he alleged criminally spent N80M on dinner is unfit to sit in our senate chambers.”

Neither of them directed tweeted at each other. 

Bruce responded again by saying, “When you have been Wike’d, you become wicked! But you will always be my beloved brother, no matter how much you transfer the anger on me.”

That tweet was in reference to the Supreme Court’s upholding of Nyesom Wike’s election as Governor of Rivers State, a post formerly held by Amaechi and was challenged by Amaechi’s ally and fellow APC member, Dakubu Peterside. 

Amaechi then ended the non-argument by saying, “I will not respond to innuendos. Be courageous, name the minister. We know you talk here & do ‘siddon’ look where you are elected to talk.”

- News24 Nigeria


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