Governor Rauf Aregbesola of OSun State has scolded Senator Murray Bruce for saying he would donate his wardrobe allowance to Osun state workers who are owed 7 months salaries, describing him as a self serving philanthropist and being wicked to play politics with the suffering of the people.
Senator Ben Murray Bruce, representing Bayelsa central senatorial district, has said he will donate his wardrobe allowance to Osun state workers who are owed 7 months salaries.
He said as soon as his wardrobe allowance is paid, he will divide it into two, with half publicly given to the Nigerian Labour Congress Chairman in Osun state and the other half to the widows in his state, Bayelsa.
But Governor Aregbesola, outraged by this gesture, issued a statement titled “Why is Senator Murray-Bruce mocking Nigerian workers?” and signed by his Director Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon
The statement read in part: “My attention has been drawn to a tweet by a member of Upper chamber of the National Assembly Senator Ben Murray Bruce of the Peoples Democratic Party from Bayelsa saying he will not reject the alleged hefty pay for members of the National Assembly but collect it and donate to Osun workers.
“It is saddening and tragic that Mr. Murray Bruce whom many had accorded a lot of respect is too early in the day joining the fray of politicisation and trivialising the salary issue affecting more than half of the stars of the federation in this ridiculous manner.
“While Nigerians are in hot debate over the alleged jumbo pay and the mood of the country Murray Bruce seems to have turned the plight of Nigerian workers to a thing of an entertainment.
“Of all the states in the federation who are battling to pay salaries as a result of the precarious economic situation his party the PDP threw Nigeria into why is it that it is Osun he wants to take his pay to? This is certainly playing to the gallery and nothing but a mockery in the faces of Nigerian workers and not only of Osun extraction. It is not only wicked but ungodly to play politics with the suffering of the people.
“If the Senator’s conscience tells him his pay is too high especially in the face of the prevailing economic predicament of Nigeria the most honourable thing to do is to lead a protest for reduction and not a self serving philanthropy only in the direction of Osun workers.