Desmond Elliot apologises after Nigerians lambast him over comments on social media bill
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Nollywood actor cum politician, Desmond Elliot has received a backlash from Nigerians on social media for allegedly pushing a bill calling for the regulation of social media.
Twitter influencer @DrOlufunmilayo had reported that the lawmaker was pushing a bill against the use of social media, which gained a lot of criticisms from people.
“Please, I beg of you, I beg us and everyone. This is not true, it is totally unfounded. Dr Olufunmilayo, why don’t you even verify? Aren’t we going through a lot already? It is not true, period. No State House of Assembly has the jurisdiction to pass any bill like this, it is not possible. It simply lies on the exclusive list on the federal level. You can’t. Every member has a right to say something but you can’t”, Elliot said in defence of the allegation.
However, Elliot in a viral video was seen asking the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly to “address certain things” like “the Nigerian youth, the social media, the social influencers.”
The video sparked outrage on social media, with celebrities, influencers and many Nigerians voicing their “disappointment” on Elliot.
The actor has however apologised for the comments he made, and pleaded for people to please “understand that even the best of us make mistakes. I ask that we all try to engage constructively on the issues that affect all of us. I promise to do the same.