Senator Ben Bruce war with Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State is becoming messy
Tweeting on Saturday evening, the senator wrote: “Dear governor, no need for insults. Construction on Abuja-Kaduna rail began on February 2011 and ended on December 2014. Jonathan built it. These are facts.”
“Yes, I held beauty pageants and produced the first Black Miss World which you and I should be proud of.”
For those who do not know, the governor and the lawmaker war started when Senator Ben Bruce asked President Muhammadu Buhari to thank former President Goodluck Jonathan for the train ride he took in Kaduna.
“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” — Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) January 4, 2018
The governor lambasted the senator that the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo ought to be given credit for the rail projects.
“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! — Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai (@elrufai) January 5, 2018
However, Bruce challenged the governor to a debate on the issue.
“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.”
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) January 5, 2018
The governor dismissed the idea of a debate……“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!”
— Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai (@elrufai) January 6, 2018