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  • Updated: October 29, 2020

'I didn't Mean To Be Insensitive,' Desmond Elliot Apologises Over Remarks On Social Media Regulation

Desmond Elliot, a Nollywood actor and member representing Surulere Constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly, has apologised to Nigerians over his "insensitive " comment on regulation and control of social media. 

AllNews earlier reported that days ago, Elliot was heavily criticised for allegedly sponsoring a bill to regulate and control speech on social media.

He denied the claims,  stating that he only advised celebrities, youth and social media influencers against hate narratives.

However, a video of the plenary session surfaced online and he was heard saying that culture has gone as "children" now insult politicians in all forms of manners.

He also said "In the next five years, there will be no Nigeria if we don’t act now”, he said in the new video."

The video stirred controversies in the social media community as many including celebrities blasted him.

But reacting on his Twitter page, Elliot wrote " 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.

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"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."


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