Kunle Adegoke, an attorney working with Muiz Banire (SAN), the debt recovery manager appointed by the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria to help recover loans from the Silverbird Group, on Thursday lampooned Ben Murray-Bruce after the politician’s businesses failed to settle about N11 billion credit they obtained from Union Bank.
Silverbird Group’s outlets across the country were sealed on Thursday morning after AMCON secured a takeover authorisation from a Nigerian court.
Mr. Adegoke said the development had betrayed the tenets of “common sense”, a major rallying cry of Mr. Murray-Bruce in recent months, adding that the media mogul had been using his businesses to exploit unsuspecting Nigerians.
“It must be borne in mind that innocent depositors’ money is what the Commonsense propagator and his brothers have been living large and feeding fat upon without recourse to the interest of the real labourers who own the money,” he said.
“The said loan was purchased by AMCON in 2011 after the capital base of Union Bank was terribly shaky,” Mr. Adegoke continued.
“And the Commonsense senator has persistently failed to pay the loans and yet has been pretending to be concerned with the welfare of Nigerians whom he has been skinning alive in order to remain relevant and live like a king.”
Mr. Murray-Bruce, who’s also a senator from Bayelsa State, has courted public attention lately with his distribution of video clips in which he could be seen proffering solutions to what he believed were the nation’s most critical challenges.
The populism messages, which he usually disseminates through his various media channels, have earned him both praises and derision from Nigerians home and away.