Nigerian lawmaker, Desmond Elliot has come out to apologize for calling the youths “Children” during his submission at the Lagos state House of Assembly last week.
He recently came out to admit that his choice of words during the deliberation were very wrong.
According to him, he did not mean to be insensitive with his statement and it was only borne out of the magnitude of destruction & looting of businesses he witnessed when he went on a tour of his constituency.
He added that he simply allowed his emotions to get the better of him and he is sincerely sorry for those who are hurt.
His words, “I have read your honest feedback& suggestions& I sincerely apologize for addressing the youth as “Children” I did not mean to be insensitive with this, it was borne out of the magnitude of destruction&looting of businesses I witnessed when I went on a tour of my constituency
I saw women crying and my constituent members distraught as a result of the damages inflicted on their source of livelihood. I was moved by this while giving my submission on the floor of the House.
I allowed my emotions get the better of me and for this I apologize to everyone my earlier statements may have hurt.
Please, understand that even the best of us make mistakes. This is why, moving forward, I ask that we all try to engage constructively on the issues that affect all of us. I promise to do the same.
The pain that I feel for my constituents, the calls for assistance that I continue to get, and the need to mitigate against further destruction and violence will continue to drive my engagements and my work.
I thank you all for expressing your views, and in the future, I promise to be more conscious and aware. Together, we will build a better Nigeria. End.”