Nollywood actor turned politician, Desmond Elliot, has been dragged on social media by some Nigerians who have alleged he is supporting an anti-social media bill in the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Several tweets gathered when Desmond Elliot trended today, October 26, on Twitter, suggest that the Lagos State House of Assembly is allegedly working on a bill to regulate and control speech on social media.
They went on to assert that the said social media bill is aimed at enabling Lagos state to easily arrest youths who would continue tweeting about the Lekki Tollgate incident after it might have been passed and enacted.
Their grievances are hinged on their belief that Desmond Elliot should be on the side of the youths in that he is also a youth.
@TunnyKvng wrote, “Desmond Elliot is a proof that a young person could be the President of this country and still fail us.”
@AceDouglas1 tweeted, “Desmond Elliot is a clear example of Power will always change people”
@DrOlufunmilayo wrote, “The Lagos State House of Assembly is developing a bill to regulate and control speech on social media. Desmond Elliot is said to be one of those pushing this.
So the plan is to deny the Lekki Massacre and then start arresting anyone who tweets about it? What is wrong with us?”
@HelloMike01 tweeted, “A bill to regulate Social Media Post is being pushed by Desmond Elliot. I thought he was one of us. I thought he was for the people. What did we do to deserve this in this country?”
@Omotolaa22 wrote, “It’s because of people like Desmond Elliot we might never give banky w a chance.”
Desmond Elliot contested for the Lagos State House of Assembly in September 2014 under the All Progressives Congress (APC) and won. Having completed his first tenure as a member representing Surulere Constituency, he contested again under the same party and retained his position till date.