Ben Murray-Bruce joins Black Lives Matter protest in U.S.
Former senator, Ben Murray-Bruce has shared a photo of himself joining the Black Lives Matter protests in the United States of America.
Murray-Bruce, a successful businessman turned politician has been in America since the first quarter of 2020. Murray-Bruce, 64, had gone to attend the funeral of his wife of 41 years who passed on after battling cancer.
He was stuck in the country following the global lockdown during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, June 8, he shared a photo on his Twitter page with protesters with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) June 8, 2020
Black Lives Matter is an international human rights movement, originating from within the African-American community, which campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people.
The campaign took a different and major turn recently after 4 American policemen killed a black man, George Floyd in Minneapolis. Some of the politician’s followers on the micro-blogging site, however, disapproved of his decision to join the protesters.
While others reiterated that he is now a private citizen having represented people of Bayelsa East senatorial district from 2015-2019. In an apparent response to his critics, Murray-Bruche shared a photo of himself with other opposition party chieftains during a protest in Abuja, the Nigerian capital before the 2019 general elections.
“I protested in Nigeria and was tear-gassed, bruised and injured. And when the need arises, we’d do it again,” he wrote. On Friday, April 10, Murray-Bruce had tweeted that he can’t wait to return to Nigeria.
I protested in Nigeria and was tear-gassed, bruised and injured. And when the need arises, we’d do it again. pic.twitter.com/knc18ttuLe
— Ben Murray-Bruce (@benmurraybruce) June 9, 2020
“This is how we are currently living in America. I miss Nigeria. I can’t wait to return,” he wrote on his Twitter page.