Desmond Elliot apologises to Nigerian youths for addressing them as “Children”
Nollywood actor and politician Desmond Elliot apologises to Nigerian youths for addressing them as “Children” during a recent sitting at the Lagos state House of Assembly
Elliot had earlier referred to the youths as children following the recent happenings on social media where he said he couldn’t believe “children” on social media could insult their leaders and elders
This sparked outrage on social media and since then the actor has been dragged and backlashed online.
However Elliot has tendered an apology to the youths saying that the remark was borne out of the magnitude of destruction & looting of businesses he witnessed
“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.
He further explained that he let his emotions get the better of him hence leading to the mistake
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
He promised to be more cautious in his future remarks
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