SAN FRANCISCO, October 30, (THEWILL) – Nollywood actor and politician, Desmond Elliot, has called for the regulation of social media in the country following the misinformation that trailed the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by both the police and soldiers at the Lekki toll plaza.
Elliot representing Surulere constituency pointed out the need for Nigeria to tackle the menace of social media otherwise it could be used to destroy the country within five years.
The lawmaker made his views public in a video where he addressed his colleagues at the Lagos House of Assembly. The lawmaker has received a backlash for his comment from many people.
“We need to address certain things: Nigerian youth; social media; social influencers. These make the narrative that we’re seeing today. Except we’re joking with ourselves, social media has its negative impacts,” he can be heard saying.
“Let me first thank you for condemning the wanton killings and carnage that happened at Lekki. When I went through the comments, I could not believe it, Mr. Speaker. Curses, the abuses from children.
“And I asked myself, ‘Is this Nigeria? What is going on? Children cursing. People having the effrontery to enter an Oba’s palace and hold his staff of office? Culture is gone!
“Mr. Speaker, in the next five years, there will be no Nigeria if we don’t start now. The youth is not only those who do the peaceful protest. Those who have looted and destroyed lives, they are youths as well.
“Pregnant women went into malls, picked things, and went away. When shall we change this narrative? I put it to all the celebrities out there and all the motivational speakers. This is the only country we have.
“When anything happens, what is our common say is ‘we die here’. Please celebrities and social media influencers, stop the hatred already. You have a means constitutionally to change the government; it’s called your PVC.”