Hon. Desmond Elliot, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Surulere constituency II, has condemned the use of social media to incite violence.
Naija News reports that the lawmaker made his position known while speaking during plenary in the Lagos Assembly.
Desmond Elliot, who is also a Nollywood actor, slammed the roles of celebrities and social media influencers in the #EndSARS protests calling for an end to police brutality.
The lawmaker who condemned the invasion of the Palace of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, by thugs, warned that Nigeria as a country might size to exist in the next five years.
He called on social media influencers and celebrities to stop the spread of ha
However, In the latest development, Desmond Elliot has apologized for addressing the youths as ‘Children’ while making his submission during plenary at the Lagos state House of Assembly last week.
In a statement he released on his Twitter handle today, the actor apologized for his choice of words during the deliberation. According to him, he did not mean to be insensitive. Read his statement below
”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. End.”
6. 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.
— Desmond Elliot (@DesmondOElliot) October 29, 2020