The Lawmaker representing Surulere 1 Constituency in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Desmond Elliot has tendered an unreserved apology to the youths, saying he didn’t mean to be insensitive on the Lekki Toll Gate incident.
This is coming after the Nollywood actor turned Lawmaker came under serious attack for pushing for a bill to censor social media speech, while condemning the misuse of social media by “children” and social media influencers.
Taking to his Twitter handle @DesmondOElliot, the Lawmaker tweeted that his emotions got the best of him.
The Tweet reads:
“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.
“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.”
Recall that on October 20, 2020, some officers of the Nigerian army opened fire on peaceful protesters at Lekki Toll Gate during which a lot of persons were injured while 2 people were confirmed dead by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The Lekki Toll Gate incident snowballed into a revolt which led to the wanton destruction of properties in Lagos State by suspected hoodlums.
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