Saturday, February 20, 2016 2:49 pm
Bayelsa State governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has congratulated Senator Ben Murray-Bruce on his 60th birthday anniversary describing him as “a gift to Bayelsa State and the Ijaw nation.”
The governor, in a statement personally signed by him and obtained by journalists on Saturday in Yenagoa, said the innovative and creative talents of Bruce have in the last three decades opened a positive chapter for Nigeria in the encyclopaedia of global entertainment literature.
Dickson said, “On behalf of the government and people of Bayelsa State, I wish to felicitate with one of our own, one in whom we are so pleased as a State and as a people, Distinguished Senator Ben Murray Bruce, who is arguably the doyen of show business promotion in Nigeria and beyond, an accomplished administrator and media tycoon of inestimable disposition, on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee celebration.
“Distinguished Senator Murray-Bruce, you are indeed a rare gem and a gift to Bayelsa State and the Ijaw nation. Your innovative and creative talents have in the last three decades projected the people and cultures of our land to the world stage. Today, things that were thought to be exclusive preserves of the western world have been made a part of our society, because you took the bold initiative to venture into them.
“As a first time Senator, you have already achieved remarkable milestones and carved an enviable niche for yourself and indeed our people through your now famous “I just want to make Common Sense” cliché, that has clearly become the one of the most widely accepted political slogans of our time.
“As you celebrate, wine and dine on the occasion of your 60thbirthday, do bear mind that, as a Government and as a people, we are extremely proud of your exploits and will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with, as you strive to give greater meaning and commitment to your assignment of representing the people of Bayelsa – East in the senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”