The Senator representing Bayelsa East senatorial district at the National Assembly, Ben Murray-Bruce, has hinted that he would fight President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, but for now the president still retains his support.
The entrepreneur and founder of the Silverbird group made this disclosure during an interview with Peace Hyde on Forbes Africa Television programme.
He said: “Buhari is the president today; he is my president. I must respect him regardless of what I feel.
“In 2019 we can fight but right now I want the economy to grow. If I take the position that I want to destroy APC and destroy Nigeria, will there be any Nigeria for me to fix in 2019?
“So it’s a dumb move to try to destroy your president or somebody you hate and destroy your country in the process. I’ll fight Buhari in 2019 but today he is my president; I will support him.”
“The Western press don’t like you. don’t be fooled. They see you as a product and sometimes you have value. They don’t see you as the destination for any major event, they will hit you hard,” he said.
“My greatest goal in life is to support the poor and I support them for two reasons. One, they are poor and they need help. Second is that if you don’t support them, they will kill you. The rich uses the poor to kill the rich. They kidnap, rape and maim you. We have a serious problem in this country.”
The business mogul called on Buhari to appoint a minister of common sense to solve the problems of Nigeria.
“A lot of people in government do dumb things. I’ve told successive presidents in this country to appoint a minister of common sense.
“The minister of common sense will not have a budget. All the minister would do is to think about Nigeria and find solutions to the problems of Nigeria without thinking about enriching himself.”