Desmond Elliot, lawmaker representing Surulere 1 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, has warned that Nigeria may not exist in the next five years following the acttivities of social media influencers.
Elliot said the country may disintegrate if Nigeria’s social media space is not regulated.
The Nollywood veteran issued the warning while addressing the Lagos State House of Assembly at plenary. His comments were captured in a leaked video which surfaced online.
The lawmaker lamented over the looting that occasioned the End SARS protests across the country.
Elliot urged social media influencers, celebrities to stop spreading hate via social media.
He called on Nigerians to use their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, to change government when necessary.
He said: “We need to address certain things, the Nigerian youths, social media, social influencers, all of these are making the narratives we are seeing today, except we are joking with ourselves.
“Social media, though it’s good but has its negative impact, let me first thank you for condemning the killings at Lekki.
“When I read the comments, I could not believe it, Mr Speaker. The curses, abuses from children and I asked myself is this Nigeria, what is going on?
“Children cursing, people entering Oba’s palace and removing his staff of office, our culture is gone.
“Mr Speaker, in the next five years there will be no Nigeria if we don’t start now.
Youths, children, pregnant women looted malls, Mr Speaker when will this narrative change,” He asked in the leaked video.
His comments has generated widespread condemnation on social media with some users wondering why Desmond Elliot, an actor cum politician would oppose social media considering the support the platform has given him and his movies.
Others wondered why the lawmaker would condemn social media but fails to condemn killings and human right abuses citizens were made to suffer.
Surulere people, you have one assignment, please should be the last time Desmond Elliot hold any government position…
— Osas Cruz (@theOsasCruz) October 29, 2020