The lawmaker representing Surulere Constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Desmond Elliot, has apologise for addressing Nigerian youths as children.
The Nigerian actor cum politician, has come under intense criticisms and attack on social media after he was caught on video during plenary session at the Lagos State House of Assembly, referring to Nigerian youth as ‘Children’, while also calling for the regulation of the social media in the country.
In the video, the lawmaker while speaking on the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests, had condemned the desecration of the palace of the Oba of Lagos by hoodlums, while also decrying the lack of regard for the people’s culture and traditional institutions.
This act did not go down with many Nigerians especially the youth who were part of the #ENDSARS protest, and as such they turned to social media to criticize the lawnmaker, especially for spending more time condemning those who looted the Oba’s palace without showing much empathy for the lives of the innocent protesters killed in the Lekki shootings.
But in his reaction, the Honourable member has said he got carried away by emotions as he was pained by the level of looting and destruction that took place across Lagos after the Lekki shooting.
“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,” he said.