Nigerians on Twitter have refused to let Senator Ben Murray-Bruce drink water and drop cup, and it is all because the politician said he wants to personally call and encourage Olympic rower, Chierika Ukogu.
The drama started when the Bayelsa lawmaker tweeted a congratulatory message at Ukogu. “Chierika, @cukogu , I am very proud of you,” he said, before adding, “If anyone has her number, I’d like to call her to encourage her #Rio2016”
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) August 10, 2016
While many Nigerians found the tweet laudable, some called him out, asking what his true intent is, and especially why he singled out Ukogu who crowdfunded her trip to the Olympics.
Recall that yesterday, Nigerians sent kind messages to the American-born Nigerian rower after she qualified for the semi-finals of the Women’s Single Sculls Rowing event at the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
And so, when Murray-Bruce joined in the praise-singing by going extra with the phone number request, it raised a few eyebrows.
See the reactions:
— C. Boris Nwachukwu (@CBN9) August 10, 2016
— Wenger n poker (@Willyede) August 10, 2016
@benmurraybruce am very sure she doesn't need your call. If you call her and she doesn't make the next round, I will hold you respobsible
— XHAKA (@Jollof101) August 10, 2016
— Ubong Nsekpong (@ubnsekpong) August 10, 2016
— Olushola Olufolabi (@olushola_shola) August 10, 2016
@benmurraybruce Hmmm chairman S committee on women affairs.What about Segun Toriola and Aruna Quadri dt are tru to semi-final?
— Khenny (@khennymore) August 10, 2016
— Tee (@taiwosq2) August 10, 2016
— iam_Phemmy_Nice® (@phemmynice) August 10, 2016