Desmond Eliot has apologized for referring to Nigerian Youths as “Children”
Recall that Desmond Elliot, a week ago had reportedly been accused of trying to pass a bill in the Lagos State house of Assembly.
The lawmaker had quickly diffused the rumor with a a video he had uploade
d on social media, stating in clear terms the invalidity of the news.
In his words – “This is false. No state House of Assembly has the jurisdiction to even deliberate to pass any bill, It’s not possible. The only thing I said was that celebrities, influencers and motivational speakers should cut down on the hate narrative. Everyone is going through so much right now,”
A trending video has however surfaced on the internet where Elliot passionately urged the members of the house of Assembly to address; The Nigerian Youths, Social media, the social influencers, where he pointedly referred to the youths of Nigeria and as “Children”.
He has long since apologized. In a post he’d put up on Twitter. He wrote- “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
2. 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.
3. I allowed my emotions get
the better of me and for this I
apologize to everyone my earlier
statements may have hurt.
4. 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
5. 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.
6. I thank you all for expressing
your views, and in the future,
promise to be more conscious
Together, we will build a better