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Murray Bruce links killings to poverty, economic problems


Ben Murray Bruce

The Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the Senate, Ben Murray-Bruce, has blamed the insecurity challenges ravaging in the country on poor economy and illiteracy.He asserted that if the economic problems facing the nation could be solved as advised by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, during his recent visit, the country would be at peace.

Bruce who spoke in an interview with The Guardian contended that if issues relating to poverty, joblessness and illiteracy are not addressed the country might end up like Sudan, Afghanistan among others.

On what the National Assembly is doing to improve the economy, Bruce said the legislature has made such laws that if the executives should be willing to execute, would have direct impact on humanity.

The Senator added: “If you solve economic problem like President Macron advised, nobody should be going to Europe and certainly, nobody will be killing each other in their own country. Rich people don’t kill each other, only poor people do, they pray and then kill people. We have to deal with such issues, because they are very serious.

“Poverty is the cause of all our economic problems. If we don’t address and solve the poverty question, the educational problem, access to jobs, access to opportunities, this will continue indefinitely, there is no end in sight. If we don’t fix the economy, we are going to end up like Sudan, Afghanistan, those poor countries, where everyone is fighting for basic survival and we need to stop having babies.

“But if the economy is growing at 1 per cent and population at 2.5 per cent you will never catch up. You have 10 million people out of work, not to mention the millions of people who are under and unemployed. We have a crisis on our hand and we need to address them, so the problem with Nigeria is the economy. If we don’t fix it, we cannot fix Nigeria. A half educated person is dangerous.”

He however declared that those behind the killings in the country must be brought to book to serve as deterrent to others, stressing, “The plateau killings are genocide, terrible, unacceptable. All those involved should be brought to book, punished, tried publicly, found guilty and jailed for life.”

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