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Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by esere826: 12:15am On Jul 07, 2015
A Third Alternative to PDP and APC
by Ben Murray Bruce
http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/a-third-alternative-to-pdp-and-apc/213992/

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.

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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by Nobody: 12:20am On Jul 07, 2015
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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by Nobody: 12:20am On Jul 07, 2015
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IS THIS MAN REALLY DOING THIS?


WATCHING?
Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by Nobody: 12:33am On Jul 07, 2015
My fellow youths will not learn. They believe that ability to insult makes u an intelligent person!

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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by Starships4u(m): 12:33am On Jul 07, 2015
Oga ah won't read any article with ur name again..... U such a dry fellow.... Why not quit ur party and float a new one....
Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by Anyi3(m): 12:36am On Jul 07, 2015
They are many here on nairaland. Some campaigning when election has finished for GEJ who is enjoying his vacation.

Others fighting against PDP when they should be planning on how to better their own lives. angry

The most painful one is the people who want the present administration to fail after blocking their senses to the fact that they would be grossly affected if things go bad.


Nobody should fault Murray Bruce on this.

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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by jantofubu(m): 1:04am On Jul 07, 2015
londongal03:
e-rats like temitemi1,barcanista and fellow saTANists
u killed it bae grin ow d'ju knw
Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by jantofubu(m): 1:05am On Jul 07, 2015
Anyi3:
They are many here on nairaland. Some campaigning when election has finished for GEJ who is enjoying his vacation.

Others fighting against PDP when they should be planning on how to better their own lives. angry

The most painful one is the people who want the present administration to fail after blocking their senses to the fact that they would be grossly affected if things go bad.


Nobody should fault Murray Bruce on this.
grin seconded unopposed
Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by jantofubu(m): 1:05am On Jul 07, 2015
Anyi3:
They are many here on nairaland. Some campaigning when election has finished for GEJ who is enjoying his vacation.

Others fighting against PDP when they should be planning on how to better their own lives. angry

The most painful one is the people who want the present administration to fail after blocking their senses to the fact that they would be grossly affected if things go bad.


Nobody should fault Murray Bruce on this.
grin seconded

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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by byrron(m): 4:28am On Jul 07, 2015
"All politicians are divided by a common interest which unites 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"


WILL THE YOUTHS HID TO THIS NOBLE ADVICE? NEVER!

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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by blessedjosh(m): 4:59am On Jul 07, 2015
BBMB fast becoming my mentor. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks

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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by handsomeclouds(m): 5:23am On Jul 07, 2015
True talk
Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by hucienda: 6:31am On Jul 07, 2015
Truth.
Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by Wendy80(f): 6:43am On Jul 07, 2015
So true. So many Youths hiding behind social media to throw insults at their elders. We have a whole lot of them on NL.

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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by kuuljay(m): 7:27am On Jul 07, 2015
grin grin grin I haven't read any comment from the daura dulla..d crew abi them dey break fast grin grin grin

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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by sammyj: 7:31am On Jul 07, 2015
If this report is true then Ben would be rated as the most useless jobless senate E rat and should be impeached for abusing his people. We deserve more respect from this so called rulers. tongue
Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by temitemi1(m): 7:39am On Jul 07, 2015
Why did u wipe it off
londongal03:
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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by MabraO: 7:47am On Jul 07, 2015
Pdpi.gs, taniods dey never learn
All they used to is failure
No wonder dey failed Nigeria for 16 years

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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by phelps007: 7:49am On Jul 07, 2015
Nice one from Bruce here..

But unfortunately, some people have really re-wired themselves never to see anything good in others.

Wisdom is the principal thing, in all we do, lets get wisdom

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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by bonechamberlain(m): 7:51am On Jul 07, 2015
that's it, u have lots of them on nairaland, insult is like an oil used to service their engine. no decorum, no civilization, they just behave like rebels, that's Nigerian youth for u. even the so called educated ones are not left out.
Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by fitzmayowa: 8:06am On Jul 07, 2015
kuuljay:
grin grin grin I haven't read any comment from the daura dulla..d crew abi them dey break fast grin grin grin

MabraO:
Pdpi.gs, taniods dey never learn
All they used to is failure
No wonder dey failed Nigeria for 16 years

This what Bruce just taIked about, from 'Taniods to Janjaweeeds' our youth wiII never Iearn...

Just Iike those I quoted...SMH

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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by fitzmayowa: 8:08am On Jul 07, 2015
bonechamberlain:
that's it, u have lots of them on nairaland, insult is like an oil used to service their engine. no decorum, no civilization, they just behave like rebels, that's Nigerian youth for u. even the so called educated ones are not left out.

I tire ooo, they pride on insuIts and name caIIing, the worst part is this some of them even haiI those throwing insuIts at everyone and anyone...SMH
Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by IbokUtoroh(m): 8:09am On Jul 07, 2015
sammyj:
If this report is true then Ben would be rated as the most useless jobless senate E rat and should be impeached for abusing his people. We deserve more respect from this so called rulers. tongue
are u sure u knw d meaning of abuse?
Read d post slowly n grab ur dictionary..... Check d meaning of abuse n corroborate wif what u read.
Dont thank me....

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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by fitzmayowa: 8:10am On Jul 07, 2015
IbokUtoroh:

are u sure u knw d meaning of abuse?
Read d post slowly n grab ur dictionary..... Check d meaning of abuse n corroborate wif what u read.
Dont thank me....


This is a subtIe way of saying you need to go back to schooI...cheesy cheesy

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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by IbokUtoroh(m): 8:12am On Jul 07, 2015
MabraO:
Pdpi.gs, taniods dey never learn
All they used to is failure
No wonder dey failed Nigeria for 16 years
u aint smart bros, ur iq is as low as empty.
Party dont ruin people, but people ruin party. I knw u still wont understand me. But go check all the founding fathers n leaders of pdp, n check where they are today.

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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by fitzmayowa: 8:17am On Jul 07, 2015
Anyi3:
They are many here on nairaland. Some campaigning when election has finished for GEJ who is enjoying his vacation.

Others fighting against PDP when they should be planning on how to better their own lives. angry

The most painful one is the people who want the present administration to fail after blocking their senses to the fact that they would be grossly affected if things go bad.


Nobody should fault Murray Bruce on this.


Thirded Unopposed...cheesy
Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by Nobody: 8:27am On Jul 07, 2015
Ben Bruce should STFU! Nigerians have the inalienable right to criticise any government or public officer in power as long as the basis of the criticism can be justified in accordance with the judgement of the critic. Ethnic bashing(though highly condemnable) persists today because our so-called leaders failed to address fundamental issues. It is so unfortunate to see tribal men from different divides bash each other. As for political bashing, he has to get used to it. Nobody will bash you when you do the right thing. Ben Bruce should focus more on business in the Senate and allow Nigerians to express themselves.
Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by blacksta(m): 8:34am On Jul 07, 2015
Anyi3:
They are many here on nairaland. Some campaigning when election has finished for GEJ who is enjoying his vacation.
Others fighting against PDP when they should be planning on how to better their own lives. angry
The most painful one is the people who want the present administration to fail after blocking their senses to the fact that they would be grossly affected if things go bad.
Nobody should fault Murray Bruce on this.

Well said
Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by Nobody: 8:36am On Jul 07, 2015
Ben Bruce for VP in 2019
Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by ajokebelle(f): 8:58am On Jul 07, 2015
i jst luv dis man
Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by paulemi(m): 9:07am On Jul 07, 2015
Sometimes I wonder if these youths actually get paid for stupidity on social media. These are lives wasting and its sad.
Nice BMB.

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Re: Ben Murray Bruce Narrates The Stupidity Of Some E-rats by Nobody: 9:12am On Jul 07, 2015
Only the discerning and truly intelligent will acknowledge how apt Ben Bruce's op-ed is. The vast majority of Nigerian youths sit on their brains.

Someday the 'doofuses' will understand that our country should always come first

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