Ben Bruce under fire over statement on senators’ salaries

Ben Murray-Bruce

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, representing Bayelsa East, tweeted himself into criticism on Saturday when he described people asking him questions about senators’ salaries as silly.

Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, recently claimed that a Nigerian senator earns about N29 million a month and over N3 billion a year.

With Nigerians asking questions about their lawmakers’ jumbo pay, Murray-Bruce, who is more vocal on social media than on the floor of the Senate, said only members of his constituency should ask him about salaries. Others should go ask their senators.

Coming from a man who preaches common sense to all Nigerians, the 61-year-old’s statement drew condemnation as can be seen below.