Desmond Elliot, a Nollywood actor and lawmaker representing Surulere constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly, has offered a sincere apology for addressing Nigerian youths as ‘Children’ in a viral video on social media while making his submission during plenary at the Lagos state House of Assembly.
MERIDIAN SPY reported earlier, Elliot blamed social media vices for fuelling the looting of public and private property following the shooting of ENDSARS protesters in Lagos.
According to The Cable, he added that there will be no Nigeria in five years if the vices of social media are not tackled.
But after much verbal attack by Nigerians on social media, the actor tendered a written apology via his official Twitter handle on Thursday, noting that he did not mean to be insensitive with his choice of words.
He said his action was borne out of the magnitude of destruction and looting of businesses he witnessed during a tour of his constituency.
“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,” the Surulere lawmaker wrote.
“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.”
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