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Desmond Elliot’s Followers Drops from 1.2m to 8,247 After Calling Nigeria Youths “Children.”
It is high time Nigerian politicians knew that they are not only accountable but also answerable to the Nigerian people. Our constitution has empowered our politicians to speak and act on our behalf, especially at states and federal levels. Despite this power given to them by virtue of our votes, they still need to tread with caution. Gone are the days where politicians think they are Lords onto themselves.
Gradually, Nigerians are now beginning to realize the power and weapons they have as voters. One of such weapons that they are using against politicians who do not represent them well is social media.
Some days back, a Nigerian actor and politician, Desmond Elliot, currently serving Surulere Constituency Lagos shot himself in the leg after he referred to Nigerian youths as children. He forgets that he is still a youth despite being a representative of his people. He went further to blast his colleagues in the Nollywood industry for supporting EndSARS protests. He condemned Nigerians who have been using social media to hurl curses on politicians.
As if that wasn’t enough, Reno Omokri flagged off the campaign #UnfollowDesmondElliot yesterday, and many Nigerians have started unfollowing the Lagos lawmaker despite tendering his apology on Arise TV for calling youths “kids” or children.
As at the time of writing this article, Desmond Elliot’s 1.2 million followers on Twitter have reduced to a dwindling 8,247 having joined the bird app since March 2012.
See his apology, and how Nigerians further react;
It is understood the damage has been done. To err is human, to forgive is divine. Nigerians youths seem not to forget and forgive based on his unremarkable comments. One can only hope his followers on Twitter do not reduce further as he has lost a sizeable number on Instagram too. The reduction in the number of his followers on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook has truly shown that power belongs to Nigerians who voted politicians in.
What do you think about this? Should Desmond Elliot be forgiven?