Over the internet on Saturday, Nigerians had something to keep them busy, as former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, and Senator Ben Bruce engaged in a twitter fight over the activities of the current government. The fight was triggered by a tweet posted by Japhet Omojuwa, who tweeted that Ben Bruce should not be taken seriously since he failed to speak up in Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
“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,” he said via his twitter handle – @Omojuwa.
Responding, via @benmurraybruce, Ben Bruce chose to use the recent comments credited to President Muhammadu Buhari that some Nigerians are giving the country a bad image by engaging in nefarious activities around the world. He also said he should be woken up the day people start dying because someone like Japhet does not take him seriously.
Condemning the president’s comments, Mr. Bruce wrote on his twitter page that
“Your own minister spent ₦80 million on a one day dinner, yet it is your citizens you accuse of being criminals #IAmANigerianNotACriminal.”
The tweet seemed targeted at Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, whose administration was accused of spending N80 million to organised a dinner for Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka. Ameachi sensed it and responded immediately to Mr. Bruce; accusing him of being a ‘coward’.
“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,” Amaechi said via @ChibuikeAmaechi
Just so Nigerians are sure no one’s twitter account was hacked, Mr. Amaechi’s spokesperson, David Iyofor, confirmed that the twitter handle used in responding to Mr. Murray-Bruce (@ChibuikeAmaechi) belongs to the ex-governor, now Minister of Transport of Rivers State. He also said the Minister’s response was triggered by Mr. Bruce and he is free to say his mind.
The Senator responded to Mr. Amaechi by referring to the recent Supreme Court judgment that upheld the election of Nyesom Wike as governor, thereby, stifling the hope of the APC candidate and Mr. Amaechi’s ally, Dakuku Peterside. He posted another tweet on his handle @benmurraybruce 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.”
The Transport Minister reacted by accusing the Bayelsa Senator of only finding his voice on twitter while he is hardly seen contributing to debates in the Senate.
“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,” Ameachi continued.
Surprisingly, Amaechi has not said anything since yesterday after his last tweet, which is unlike him. His silence shows confidence that people like Japhet Omojuwa will complete the fight on twitter for him.