Thursday, 29 October 2020

Lagos Lawmaker Desmond Elliot Swims Against The Tide Over Social Media Comment As Video Resurfaces


Several celebrities have taken to social media to attack Popular actor, Desmond Elliot representing Surulere constituency in the Lagos state house of assembly, over his comment that there’ll be no Nigeria in five years if  the use of social media is not checkmated .

It will be recalled that the former actor turn politician   had earlier denied claims by Harvey Olufumilayo, a Twitter influencer, that he pushed for a bill to regulate social media — sparking controversy on Twitter.

But on Thursday, a video of Elliot speaking at a recent plenary — where he addressed the vices of social media — surfaced and went viral on social media.This development has irked such stars like Davido and other major acts to lambast him for making such comment.

In the video, the lawmaker reacted to the turbulence that trailed the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate.

“We need to address certain things: Nigerian youth; social media; social influencers. These make the narrative that we’re seeing today. Except we’re joking with ourselves, social media has its negative impacts,” he can be heard saying.

“Let me first thank you for condemning the wanton killings and carnage that happened at Lekki. When I went through the comments, I could not believe it, Mr. Speaker. Curses, the abuses from children.

“And I asked myself, ‘Is this Nigeria? What is going on? Children cursing. People having the effrontery to enter an Oba’s palace and hold his staff of office? Culture is gone!

“Mr. Speaker, in the next five years, there will be no Nigeria if we don’t start now. The youth is not only those who do the peaceful protest. Those who have looted and destroyed lives, they are youths as well.

“Pregnant women went into malls, picked things, and went away. When shall we change this narrative? I put it to all the celebrities out there and all the motivational speakers. This is the only country we have.

“When anything happens, what is our common say is ‘we die here’. Please celebrities and social media influencers, stop the hatred already. You have a means constitutionally to change the government, it’s called your PVC.”

Desmond Elliot seems to be courting controversies in the last few months.

It will be recalled that prior to the last Governorship election in Edo State he came out to support the idea of godfatherism in politics while campaigning for the candidature of the APC Pastor Ize-Iyamu

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