The senator representing Bayelsa East senatorial district in the National Assembly, Sen. Ben Murray-Bruce has blamed the ruling All Progressives Congress for destroying the entertainment industry which he said thrived under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The senator representing Bayelsa East senatorial district in the National Assembly, Sen. Ben Murray-Bruce has blamed the ruling All Progressives Congress for destroying the entertainment industry which he said thrived under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The senator representing Bayelsa East senatorial district in the National Assembly, Sen. Ben Murray-Bruce has blamed the ruling All Progressives Congress for destroying the entertainment industry which he said thrived under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Murray-Bruce made this known in a late Tuesday evening tweet via his verified personal Twitter handle while reacting to the controversy generated by the declaration of a US-based former Nollywood actor, Femi Ogedengbe.

Ogedengbe, who relocated to the US in 2016, said in a recent Youtube video that he had achieved more working as a security guard in the US than what he achieved in more than 20 years as a Nollywood actor and director in Nigeria.

He said: “Oh yes! I am now a security guard in the USA, and so what? Well, I have only been doing this for a little more than one year now and I can boldly say without any shame that what I have achieved in my father’s land being an actor/director/producer for over (20+) twenty-something years.”

Ogedengbe’s declaration had generated various reactions among commentators on social media, with many blaming the Nigerian system for failing to create an environment that stifles creativity.

But Murray-Bruce believes the Jonathan administration did more to create a conducive environment for entertainers to thrive than the APC government.

He said: “Suddenly things are so bad in Nigeria that actors are quitting Nollywood to become security guards abroad. This is an industry that contributed 1.4% of Nigeria’s GDP in 2014 and created more millionaires than many industries. What happened between 2014 and today? Change happened!”

The senator is presently championing a course to gain franchise for Nigerians based abroad to vote during the country’s elections and to encourage them to invest in their motherland.

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