Nollywood actor and law-maker representing Surulere Constituency at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Desmond Elliot earlier today incurred the wrath of Nigerians after he was seen in a leaked video sponsoring a bill to regulate social media in the country.
When news first leaked that the Nollywood actor who is seen as a voice of the youths was allegedly sponsoring a bill to regulate social media and control speech, Mr Elliot denied the accusation.
However, two days after his denial, a video emerged showing him talking about how Nigerian youths and celebrities misuse the importance of social media.
With the backlash he received from Nigerian youths, Desmond Elliot this evening apologized for addressing Nigerian youths as children while pushing for social media regulation in Nigeria.
The full statement reads:
“I have read your honest feedback& suggestions& I sincerely apologize for addressing the youth as “Children” I did not mean to be insensitive with this, it was borne out of the magnitude of destruction & looting of businesses I witnessed when I went on a tour of my constituency
“I saw women crying and my constituent members distraught as a result of the damages inflicted on their source of livelihood. I was moved by this while giving my submission on the floor of the House.
“I allowed my emotions get the better of me and for this I apologize to everyone my earlier statements may have hurt.
“Please, understand that even the best of us make mistakes. This is why, moving forward, I ask that we all try to engage constructively on the issues that affect all of us. I promise to do the same.
“The pain that I feel for my constituents, the calls for assistance that I continue to get, and the need to mitigate against further destruction and violence will continue to drive my engagements and my work.
“I thank you all for expressing your views, and in the future, I promise to be more conscious and aware. Together, we will build a better Nigeria.
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