The Kaduna State governor Nasir El Rufai and Senator representing Bayelsa East constituency Senator Ben Murray Bruce have traded words on Twitter over the newly commissioned rail project by President Buhari in Kaduna.
According to NGHUBS, the rift started after Ben Bruce said he hopes President Buhari will credit former president Goodluck Jonathan for the newly commissioned project.
Ben Bruce said
“I hope President @MBuhari remembers to say thank you to former President @GEJonathan for the train ride he enjoyed in Kaduna. Some of us haven’t forgotten that that achievement was ENTIRELY the handiwork of the Jonathan government. Nigeria should give honour to whom honour is due”
El Rufai replying Ben Bruce said Ben Bruce was wrong saying it was Obasanjo who initiated the idea but the project was stalled by the Yar’ Adua’s administration for two years.
He said when Obasanjo was busy designing modern rail projects Ben Bruce was busy organizing Beauty peagents.
“Wrong Distinuguisnhed Senator! The Obasanjo administration which Jonathan was not part of, designed, raised the financing and started the EPC of the Lagos-Kano dual track-standard gauge rail system, and the Abuja Light Rail. Yar’Adua-Jonathan stalled both projects for two years!”
“There is nothing to debate. Facts cannot be debated. Opinions are free. While the Obasanjo administration was conceiving the rail modernization programme, Sen Ben-Bruce was organizing beauty contests and Jonathan was a deputy governor. I am not cluelessly common-sensical!”
Ben Bruce reacting told El Rufai that his dislike for the late president has clouded his judgement.
Ben Bruce said
“Your dislike of the late Yar’adua may have clouded your judgment. I made no mention of the ‘Abuja light railway’. My tweet referred to the Abuja-Kaduna railway which IS a product of the Jonathan administration. I am happy to publicly debate this with you.”