JUST IN: “The Hatred For Me From Nigerians Is Too Much”__Desmond Elliot Cries Out

By Edith Elekute

Desmond Elliot, a politician and actor in Nollywood, laments the extent of animosity he encounters due to a remark he made in 2020.

Remember how Elliot faced blowback in 2020 during the #ENDSARS protest after a video of him calling Nigerian youths “children” (among other things) during a plenary session at the Lagos state House of Assembly went viral?

Most young people in Nigeria seemed to be outraged by the comment, and they haven’t been silent about it since.

The politician apologized for the remark while appearing on TVC’s Your View, “Let’s Talk,” and said he made it out of emotion.

Elliot urged Nigerians to spread love in its place because he felt the backlash to his comment was “too overwhelming” and was motivated by hatred.

“I’m still sorry to anybody who must have taken offense to what I said. I claimed I was overcome by feelings,” he said.

Yet, in the end, it didn’t change the fact that there is too much animosity in the political system.

The actor-turned-politician further disclosed that the vitriol has spread to the streets because he frequently receives verbal abuse when he leaves the house.

“After eight years in politics, I still believe that love can overcome all obstacles. I mean, I’ve been out in public, and people are still cursing at me,” he remarked.

Yet, I don’t feel afraid or humiliated because people don’t recognize the tension you go through.

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