The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi and Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District, Ben Bruce, on Sunday, engaged in a twitter fight over the activities of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
It all started when Senator Bruce took to his Twitter handle to condemn statements made by Buhari during an interview with the UK Telegraph.
Buhari had warned Nigerians to stop trying to make asylum claims in Britain, saying that their reputation for criminality has made it hard for them to be “accepted” abroad.
Bruce who was annoyed by the President’s statement, took to his Twitter handle, @benmurraybruce and said, “Mr. President, you once believed we weren’t criminals. When did you change your mind? #IAmANigerianNotACriminal.”
“President @MBuhari, Nigerians are not criminals. Nigerians are honest hardworking people. Bernie Madoff stole $50 Billion, the largest theft in the world. That doesn’t make all Americans thieves! Don’t generalize because of a few!
“Mr. Foreign investor, please come invest in my country. Oh and by the way, my people have a reputation for crime #IamANigerianNotACriminal.
“Many don’t know the import of that statement. It’ll negatively affect your ability to get jobs and opportunities abroad #IamANigerianNotACriminal.”
Bruce went ahead to fault Amaechi, whose administration was accused of spending N80 million to organise a dinner for Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka.
He tweeted, “Your own minister spent ₦80 million on a one day dinner, yet it is your citizens you accuse of being criminals. #IamANigerianNotACriminal.”
In a swift response to Bruce tweet, Amaechi, who took to his Twitter handle, @ChibuikeAmaechi accused Bruce of being very active on Twitter but passive on the floor of the Senate chambers.
Amaechi said: “I will not respond to innuendos. Be courageous, name the minister. We know you talk here and do ‘siddon’ look where you are elected to talk.
“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.”
In response to Amaechi’s tweet, Bruce tweeted: “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.”