Nollywood actor, Desmond Elliot, who is representing Surulere constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly has apologised for calling the youth who reacted to the Lekki shootings on social media “children”.
A video had earlier emerged where the thespian, 46, talked about the chaos that trailed the #EndSARS protests in the country.
The actor cum politician, while expressing his views, he had addressed Nigerians reacting hysterically to the October 20 Lekki shooting as “children”.
Over claims that he had sponspored a bill to regulate social media, the lawmaker told his colleagues that there’ll be no Nigeria in five years if the vices of social media weren’t tackled.
Eliiot’s comments, however, irritated some Nigerians on Twitter, including prominent entertainers, who poured out their anger at the politician.
In a swift response, the parliamentarian released a statement where he apologised to those whose toes he stepped on with his comments.
“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,” the Nollywood actor wrote.
“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 to get the better of me. For this, I apologize to everyone my 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.”
Just few weeks ago, Elliot had similarly sparked an outrage on social media after he defended and described his own political career as being a product of godfatherism, a facet of Nigeria’s political space many had disparaged.