Desmond Elliot has apologised to Nigerian youth for offending them with the statements he made about them and the #EndSARS protests.
During a submission at the House of Assembly, Elliot (a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly) referred to the #EndSARS protesters as “children” and condemned them for disrespecting leaders of the country on social media during the protests.
He blamed the disrespect to leaders on the existence of social media and thus pushed for the passing of a social media regulation bill.
Elliot received a lot of backlash from Nigerian youth and some Nigerian celebrities like Davido, Simi, Yul Edochie and Uche Jumbo for his comments.
Desmond Elliot has now, in a Twitter post, apologised to Nigerian youth and also explained why he made those comments.
Here’s his explanation for the statements he made:
I have read your honest feedback and suggestions and 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 and 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.
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.
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