Ben Murray-Bruce Under Serious Heat for Asking for Olympic Rower Chierika Ukogu’s Phone Number


Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has come under serious criticism all because he 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”

Chierika, @cukogu , I am very proud of you. 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:

@benmurraybruce I don't think @cukogu needs your encouragement. D boys who train daily on the streets need it most! Stop this sycophancy!

— Boris C. Nwachukwu (@CBN9) August 10, 2016

@benmurraybruce @cukogu No harm meant Sir. This is Nigeria's problem. Encourage Startups not successful entities. #You'vebeentryinganyway

— Ubong Nsekpong (@ubnsekpong) August 10, 2016

@benmurraybruce @cukogu sir u are a senator, can't u call d minister of sports n get that or u don't have that too,How do u 'oversight'?

— Olushola Olufolabi (@olushola_shola) August 10, 2016

@benmurraybruce @cukogu my question is, why do u have to announce to the whole #TwitterNigeria that u want to call her? Call her or don't.

— DragonLord (@ldwllms) 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

@benmurraybruce @cukogu who encouragement don epp? We know you oo, Biko, kukuma stay off, she's engage.

— M.I. Talle Jnr (@MITalle) August 10, 2016

@benmurraybruce @cukogu D young lady fund-raised & sponsored herself to #RIO.No one saw her then,she's winning now.wanna encourage.NAIJA!

— Hollar Japheth (@teepheth) August 10, 2016

@benmurraybruce @cukogu end time encouragement 😂😂😂

— Tee (@taiwosq2) August 10, 2016

@benmurraybruce ur hypocrisy is made in China which will never last; av u encourage d local one? I dnt think @cukogu need ur call. @cukogu 👏

— iam_Phemmy_Nice® (@phemmynice) August 10, 2016

@benmurraybruce @cukogu you all want to call her at after nine where were you when she was at the preliminary stage #goofylove

— Wenger n poker (@Willyede) August 10, 2016

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