Popular Nigerian actor and Lawmaker, Desmond Elliot has again tendered a public apology for his insensitive comments about the youths during October 2020 EndSARS protest.
The lawmaker representing the Surulere constituency at the State legislature, was dragged on social media by his fellow Nollywood colleagues and Nigerians after referring to Nigerian youths who reacted to the shootings at the Lekki Tollgate as children. He further pushed for the regulation of social media after the protest.
The lawmaker, during his recent interview on TVC’s ‘Your View’, offered clarity on the matter, explaining he made the comment out of emotions, insisting he wasn’t referring to all youths as children but those who were cursing Lagos House of Assembly Speaker, Mudashiru on his social media handle.
“What I can say is, I think forgiveness is divine. I mean, no one owns it all. Something can be your truth, and to another person, it might not be. I do not think going back to bring out those sensitive moments would do anything.
“I think at the end of the day, I apologised for, and I’m still apologising to those who must have misconstrued what I said. I said I was taken by emotions, but in the end, it still didn’t take away from the fact that the hatred was too much. The polity, the hatred is too much. We are all built on love. We can change things by love.”
“I’m in politics now for eight years and I still stand on the fact that love conquers all. I mean I’ve gone out in the streets and people still curse me,” he said.
“But I’m not afraid, I’m not ashamed because they don’t understand the stress that you go through.”
Story: Christy Dung