Nigeria

Desmond Elliot refutes allegations of a social media bill proposal, but his past makes him hard to believe

Nigerians are at a position where emotions are at an all-time high. Following the Lekki shootings and the attempt by politicians to gaslight Nigerians, people are at a place where they are not tolerant or in-tune with politicians and government officials.

In Nigeria today, politicians are met with heavy criticisms over anything they do, even their silence is criticised. On Monday, Nigerian actor-cum politician, Desmond Elliot, was trending over allegations that he was in support of a bill proposing to regulate social media in Lagos. The allegations started after popular Nigerians Twitter influencer, Dr Olufunmilayo, alleged that the lawmaker representing Surulere constituency at the Lagos House of Assembly supported the bill during a session at the house.

His tweet immediately created a sensation on social media as many Nigerians berated the lawmaker.

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However, the lawmaker in an Instagram video countered the statement and branded it as false. He explained that he understands that emotions are all over the place and dispelled the allegations.

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CG0CN22p2Aa/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

While this allegation may have come from a place of ignorance, the lawmaker has in the past placed himself in positions that question his allegiance to the cause that many young people have been rooting for with the #EndSARS protest.

In September 2020, at the peak of the Edo election, the lawmaker stated that he was a product of ‘godfatherism‘ after there was a motion amongst many Nigerians seeking to put an end to that political ideology. Elliot did not only endorse the idea of godfatherism, but he also went further to promote it as a progressive idea.

In 2019, the lawmaker proudly commissioned a ‘Biofil public toilet‘, and that event left Nigerians in astonishment, especially the youths. For many, Desmond was supposed to be representative of the younger generation, yet he has continued to disappoint them with his actions. Those who had faith in him expected that he would show how inclusive the Nigerian government can be yet he’s shown minimal works.

He was briefly hailed during the #EndSARS protest involvement in bailing out protesters that were carted away during the movement. It seems his goodwill has run out, as Nigerians are criticising him for his ‘anti-social media’ bill, despite his statement that refutes the allegations. Elliot’s past actions and comments don’t give him a good look and make it really difficult to believe his statements.

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