Nollywood actor and member of the Lagos State House of Assembly Desmond Elliot has warned his fellow lawmakers that there would be no Nigeria in the next five years if social media is not censored.
The actor-turned-politician gave the warning during plenary at the assembly on Monday. The video of his comments, however, went viral on Thursday.
He said, “Mr Speaker, we need to address certain things; the Nigerian youth, the social media, and the social influencers. All of these are making the narrative that we are seeing today, except we are joking with ourselves.
“Social media yet good has its negative impact. Let me first thank you for condemning the killings and carnage that happened at Lekki. When I went through the comments I could not believe it, Mr Speaker.”
Desmond further said, “The curses, the abuses from children, and I asked myself ‘Is this Nigeria? What is going on? Children cursing?’ People have the effrontery to enter an Oba’s palace, hold the staff of office, culture is gone. Mr Speaker in the next five years there will be no Nigeria if we don’t start now.”
On October 26, Desmond denied pushing the bill for social media regulation saying, “Please, I beg of you, I beg us and everyone. This is not true, it is totally unfounded.”
He had on October 9 joined many in calling for the end of the now-defunct controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.