A Third Alternative to PDP and APC

Months after the 2015 elections ended, Nigerian youths are still hung up on those elections. Nowhere is this more obvious than on social media which our youths have turned to a battle ground divided into pro People Democratic Party (PDP) and pro All Progressives Congress (APC) youths. So ingrained is this animosity that each group targets elected officials and party chieftains of the opposing parties and go after them just on the basis of their party affiliation. Things reached a comical stage when a youth attacked me for a tweet on Twitter and hours later was praising a popular youth for his tweet. Unbeknownst to him was the fact that the youth had merely tweeted my exact words but had not credited me with the quote!

These shenanigans makes me concerned for our youth. Where they should be getting closer and breaking down barriers, they are holding a candle for politicians who in reality are not as divided as they lead these youths to believe.

For instance, Senator Bukola Saraki is the Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly today. He could not have been elevated to that exalted seat were it not for the votes of senators of the PDP. What does that teach us? It teaches us that all politicians are divided by a common interest which united them when the conditions are right and temporarily divides them when they are wrong.

I advise youths not to look at Nigeria from a pro PDP or APC perspective. They should see the country from a pro youth outlook. Their future is greater than a party. Nigerian youths should not believe and act as if the only options available to them are either the PDP or the APC. There is a third alternative.

This third alternative is patriotism.

I am reminded of the wise words of Mark Twain who defined patriotism as “loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it”. Our youths have to imbibe this wisdom from Mark Twain and refrain from saying and tweeting nasty stuff about each other and their religions, regions, tribes and ethnicities.

Those who engage in this do not understand that foreigners follow Twitter trends and when our youths are disrespecting each other’s ethnicities and religions, they must realise that foreigners do not see us as Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo. They just see us as Nigerians. I therefore advise our youths and indeed all Nigerians to speak of Nigeria in a way that shows the world that we value her. If we put a small price on Nigeria, we should be rest assured that the world will not raise that price.
We should not come on social media to abuse one another on partisan grounds. That to me is an abuse of the platform.

I am sure Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone and Evan Williams, who founded Twitter, did not found it as a platform where we come to outdo each other in raining insults on those on the opposite political divide from us. Speaking for myself, I am on Twitter to release my ideas for scrutiny and receive ideas of other Twitter users for contemplation, because none of us is as smart as all of us.

Our youths need to understand that we are living in an idea age not an insult age. It takes interdependence and interconnection to create the atmosphere that inspires brilliant ideas. Our youths are short circuiting this interconnection when they alienate each other.

And I am aghast as to what to say to those elders who come on Twitter and fan the embers of division amongst our youths by retweeting them when they retweet insults and destructive criticism against their political opponents. Even worse is when they praise them by calling them intelligent for engaging in this behaviour.

We really need to watch it. Nigerian youths are beginning to define intelligence as the ability to come up with the most sophisticated insult and criticism. We urgently need to redefine intelligence in Nigeria. Mudslinging, cynicism and criticism are not acts of intelligence. Ideas and creativity are. If you are truly intelligent, you won’t be on Twitter lobbing insults on political opponents. Instead you will be tweeting ideas that inspire solutions to Nigeria’s challenges!

I want to urge these elders, who I have come to be aware are called Twitter overlords, to remember that true elders plant trees of peace even though they know they may never benefit from the shades of those trees.

President Barack Obama, Senator Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton are some of the most criticised political figures in the world, but they do not use social media to react to the criticism they receive. Instead, conscious of the fact that their role is to set good moral standards for the youths, they constantly tweet uplifting and inspiring tweets which have the capacity to unite people. That is what we should do as elders in Nigeria. If we do not do this, we should consider that a time may come when those attack dogs have savaged all our enemies, and having nothing else to savage they may turn on us.

This is Ben Murray Bruce and I just want to make common sense.

• Senator Murray Bruce is the senator representing Bayelsa East in the Senate

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  1. Its a pity that our leaders have failed us, They have succeeded in dividing the country along ethnic and tribal lines. An average Nigerian youth finds it difficult to believe our politicians. A country with teeming number of jobless youth does not know how to use this advantage to promote the economy.

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  2. brillian sir, you are a true voice of nigerians. had to post this at paxnigerian.com

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  3. Am in total support of your observation, Our youths have become the battle ground, we need to watch it. Our politicians should slow it down,elections are over….Get to Work and deliver on your promise. God bless you my senator.

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  4. Sir,

    If there’s any issue I have with your twitter accounts, it is not really your ideas or utterances (some of which are actually quite innovative and some a bit hard for us to process) but the fact that you do not directly engage the good ones too.

    Agreed there are a lot of immature people happy to have the opportunity to throw insults from the relative safety of their anonymous/electronic accounts, but engaging some of the clear-headed ones would also send the right message as to what kind of engagement is welcome.

    All the very best.

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  5. He is wise who said , “do something about the mind before you do something about the man.”

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  6. This comment may be under the wrong post but I feel I’d like to make “common sense”- What if the Nigerian government can provide ICT education for all Nigerians on national TV? What if the millions of Nigerians that have never used a computer before can learn right from home? What if this is the missing link to enabling the general adoption of ICT initiatives nationwide?
    I believe that all these can be achieved just with video based training tutorials. #common sense

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  7. This is the best line of thoughts I have seen and read for a long long time. Truth is bitter, but it must be told.

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  8. My mentor, you have spoken well.
    I will like to use this medium to tell we Nigerian’s that no matter the religion(christianity or islam) we are one. We all believe in God/Allah.

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  9. Sir, no doubt your voice has been loud enough in speaking for the average Nigerian. Also I want to thank you for this piece of advise, am from abia state and everybody knows the condition of that state, because of bad governance, the people are suffering, no good road, teachers are been owed salaries, their are no industries that will foster employment for the youths. with all due respect sir, I always write not against anybody or the new administration, but I try to let them know the level of damage ,so that the new administration will try and put things in other, and I strongly believe that positive and constructive criticism is a vital tool to uplifting democracy, so that people will enjoy the benefits of democracy which is your major concern. May your days be long my mentor.

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    • This is a simple fact 87% of we the youth are guilty of this pro political agitations and use of irrelevant words that are possible of igniting religious and ethnic violence. May God help us in Jesus name…… God bless my mentor and senator Ben Murray Bruce. God bless Nigeria and God bless the Nigerian youth…….

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  10. This is a simple fact 87% of we the youth are guilty of this pro political agitations and use of irrelevant words that are possible of igniting religious and ethnic violence. May God help us in Jesus name…… God bless my mentor and senator Ben Murray Bruce. God bless Nigeria and God bless the Nigerian youth…….

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  11. May Almighty God bless you for Nigeria

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  12. This party issues need a very critical look cos after this 2015 election I just lost interest in politics because I lost my dad as a result of this election the last time I saw him was 1st January n d last time I saw him was six feet above the ground. Most of d times I feel like we should Rewind and start from the beginning. Our leaders need to lead by example.

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  13. Sir, i want to go into showbiz. I need ur advise n directives. I wouldnt mind if u give me an opportunity in Silver Bird Group.
    I wish u had been in govt and lend your voice. You are the kind of people we want these days!
    God bless u and may God continue to give u common sense policies to Public office holders, d govt of Nigeria n Nigerians as well.
    I pray dat God will touch d heart of our Leaders both at d federal, state n local levels to buy dis ur common sense messages cos dey wil help our country if dey can swallow dia pride buy and key into it.
    Who knows u might be d President tomorrow n apply dis common senses n save our country!!!!!
    God bless you sir.

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  14. I really commend your efforts for Nigeria growth.l just want to say thankyou and also contribute my idea.three things make economy growth.no1 oil.no2 communication no3 printing.The 3rd one is neglected it is being been done in Abroad if the government can reverse this 15to30 million Nigerians will be employed and also education money will not be taken abroad.It looks funny abi as I am talking to you right now all educational books are been printed abroad

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  15. I am a naval personal from porthacourt kalabari please tell rivers and your state government to buy fishing trawlers to engage our youths. It will help the rate of crime is increasing every second

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  16. Boat race will also help. Youths with form teams . Which will make government to clean our waterways, the youths will clean the waterways if the government is serious

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  17. I like the way you speak senator bruce and I wish I could work with you or be your political student!!lol but talking about the 5,000 naira for unemployed graduate,my own opinoin is that we really don’t need to bother about that social welfare idea right now,its good but not now.with such huge amount that will be expended,our industries that have been run down by past leader should be fixed first,and am sure a lot of jobs will be created. The social welfare should be a plan for the future,but let’s fix d bad roads,indutries with large employment capicity and fix electricity and our refinaries. I believe why most of our politicians don’t have political ideology is the high rate poverty in the society,and high level of iliteracy in the rural areas,we need new ideologists and well meaning leaders like ben bruce,I will like you to be nigeria president soon by Gods grace.

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  18. Just like the way I lost hope for the Nigerian National football team, I also lost hope for the Nigerian Political team. Am 30yrs now and am yet to witness peace in my heart for Nigeria and its politics. However, recently, light started shinning into my spirit when I started hearing you on the radio then I knew that God has not abandoned us totally. I now know that when he wants to save a people, He sends a man just like He sent Jesus Christ. Keep up the good work sir and in no distant time, the spirit of morally dead Nigerians will wake up because Faith comes by hearing and hearing. MY NAME IS Okenwa Abraham Chika. One day sir, am going to work with you. Soon. 08066708730, that’s my no. Feel free to call me… I HAVE AN idea…

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  19. am a public transporter, passengers i do carry always rain insults on each other almost fighting, let’s stop all this and look for a way to make nigeria a better country by voting for leaders based on wat they can offer nt by political parties, i support ben murray bruce, plz sir give more awareness to the masses. tru medias. keep it up.

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  20. Smart folks like you who believe that consciousness of the Nigerian ills will go a long way in bringing good governance which will definitely make Nigeria safer and better should be commended; indeed sir,without faning your ego, l must say that you are a true democrat. Please keep the good work for one is sure :posterity will definitely remember you.

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    • Dear BenBruce,
      What will be your response to what the people are saying about you. That you are part of the establishment. part of the rot of dishonest Nigerians who have robbed Nigeria blind and you are speaking from both sides of the mouth,. That as DG of NTA, you became a billionaire and bought Silverbird Galleria , and a house on Queens Drive from all your illicit deals in the roll out of stations all over the world, and other deals too numerous to mention here. That your current manifesto is a play for Vice resident in 2019 elections, and possibly for President 4 years later. That all these political ambition is to protect your illicit wealth so you are not in any position to condemn anyone today. What is your response to that ?

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  21. I am impressed by your posts. Really Nigeria has leaders who has the love of the nation at heart. Keep up a wise senator. I want to be a coommon sense ambassedor.

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  22. Biafrans that wants a nation and started a war on the internet should read and understand. Hausas and yorubas are not devils. Yorubas had to stand up to the challenge ,They wanted to rewrite history we will be silly to pacify them. They have down a seed they must reap the harvest fully.
    Bruce if I slap you without provocation , will you walk away?

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  23. “PDP IS FRAUD, APC IS SCAM”, SAYS MY PAPA………….indeed men who knows it, say it the way it should be said. God bless u sir.

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  24. Something that get’s me furious most times. Any time make a post praising the government for any reason I’m attacked by the opposition party. Similarly, anytime I criticize a government, I’m attacked by opposition party. Partisan politics the the worse virus in Nigeria today.

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  25. Well spoken sir.

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  26. Thank you mr. Ben Bruce, your common sense revolution initiative is a welcome development, in this era of an optical illusion that have engulfed the mindset our teaming youth,disunity as a tool fuelling corruption we have lost touch with reality as a result. We need a man like you to bring back sanctity in our mindset drawing from your wealth of experience you acquired around the globe. Thank you sir.

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  27. I want to commend u sir for all ur effort and luv for dis project Nigeria to work,as far as dis same group people ar in power we ar not going anywhere,they have failed whoolfly and refuse to go.they spread well along every party,they jump shamlesly from one party to another,especily to ruling party to continuously milk d nation dry,those who remain in d opposition use every mechinary to return to power including propagating divisonary and sentimental words,putting haterred and disaffection btw tribal,religious ethnik divides just to return to power,they never have d interest of d Nigerian masses in mind,in my own opinion ,if Nigeria must remain together,there MUST be a revolution,either a military or d masses will start it,these present crop of politians ar die hard ones,they ar nt willing to quit,.I still stand wit u sir in a revolution of common sence,which i volunteer to be One of ur foot soldiers,but after some time if it didn’t working,another type of revolution will be immenient,thanks and God bless.

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  28. Dear Sir, Good morning. My search for a means of reaching you has brought me here. And good enough. I quite understand your metaphorical topic and the content is great, as usual. But then I think to myself, sir, we indeed need a reasonable third alternative to APC and PDP. I wish you could, for the sake of your love and interest in seeing a Nigeria that works, support in facilitating the birth of such a party of young Nigerian men and women with integrity (discovered through background checks on them- and we have them everywhere in this country) who can mid- wife the birth of the new Nigeria under the mentorship of the Ben Murray- Bruces, Maitama Sules, Oby Ezekwesili and Tunde Bakares of this world. I doubt if, going the way we are right now, there will be a Nigeria in few years to come. I would like to discuss more on this with you, privately, if you oblige. Thanks for being one of the very few voices of reason at this precarious time.

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  29. you are indeed making common sense you are my rolemodel

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