Opposition Senator, Ben Bruce Barred from Greeting Buhari in Presidential Villa

Leading opposition Senator representing Bayelsa East senatorial district, Ben Murray-Bruce on Tuesday lamented over the ill-treatment from the Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), who he allegedly accused of barring him from exchanging pleasantries with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Bruce said he had joined his colleagues to a dinner to mark the 2016 democracy day, but was not allowed access to the president, unlike other senators who were allowed to meet with Buhari.

“I was at the Presidential villa today. Went to the President’s table. DSS wouldn’t allow me greet him but let another Senator greet him,” he tweeted.

“My critics say I shouldn’t criticize the president openly, so I go and meet him one on one and I’m blocked. Am I not a Nigerian citizen?

“If PMB’s handlers selectively block access to him, he runs the risk of being surrounded only by sycophants!

“I have nothing against the President; however, nobody is too important not to be criticized and my mouth will never be silenced!”

Few hours before the villa incident, he tweeted: “It’s ‘fantastically corrupt’ that Nigeria maintains a 10 plane Presidential fleet whereas the PM of a rich nation like UK flies commercial!”


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