EndSARS: Davido, Omokri others slam Desmond Elliot over 'negative' comment on social media, celebrities


Desmond Elliot, the lawmaker representing Surulere constituency in the Lagos state house of assembly, has come under fire again after his comment about social media.

The actor cum politician had earlier denied claims that he was pushing for a bill to regulate social media.

But on Thursday, a video of Elliot speaking at a recent plenary session of the house where he addressed the vices of social media, surfaced and went viral online.

In the video, the lawmaker reacted to the unrest that trailed the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll gate.

He said there will be no Nigeria in five years if the vices of social media aren’t tackled.

“Mr Speaker, we need to address certain things: Nigerian youth; social media; social influencers. All of these are making the narrative that we’re seeing today. Except we’re joking with ourselves, social media has its negative impacts,” he can be heard saying in the video.

“Let me first thank you for condemning the wanton killings and carnage that happened at Lekki. When I went through the comments, I could not believe it, Mr. Speaker. Curses, the abuses from children.

“And I asked myself, ‘Is this Nigeria? What is going on? Children cursing. People having the effrontery to enter an Oba’s palace and hold his staff of office? Culture is gone!

“Mr. Speaker, in the next five years, there will be no Nigeria if we don’t start now. The youth is not only those who do the peaceful protest. Those who have looted and destroyed lives, they are youths as well.

“Pregnant women went into malls, picked things, and went away. When shall we change this narrative? I put it to all the celebrities out there and all the motivational speakers. This is the only country we have.

“When anything happens, what is our common say is ‘we die here’. Please celebrities and social media influencers, stop the hatred already. You have a means constitutionally to change the government, it’s called your PVC.”
Elliot had a few weeks ago provoked outrage on social media after he defended and described his own political career as being a product of godfatherism.

His recent comment has attracted wild reactions, with many taking to the Twitter to lambast the lawmaker.

Some of the attacks comes from his fellow celebrities like Davido, Uche Jombo and former presidential aide Reno Omokri.

See some reactions below.

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