- Desmond Elliot has reacted to speculations that he sponsored a bill aimed at curbing social media
- The actor/filmmaker turned politician received major backlash after popular influencer, Dr Olufunmilayo tweeted about it
- Elliot in a series of posts debunked the claims, urging Olufunmilayo to verify news before tweeting about it
- Many Nigerians have since reacted to his denial
Nollywood actor/filmmaker turned politician, Desmond Elliot, has denied claims that he sponsored a bill to regulate speech on social media.
In some posts shared to his Instagram page, Elliot made some videos in which he stated that no House of Assembly had the power to sponsor such a bill.
"This is false. No state House of Assembly has the jurisdiction to even deliberate to pass any bill, It's not possible. It simply lies on the exclusive list. The only thing I said was that celebrities, influencers and motivational speakers should cut down on the hate narrative. Everyone is going through so much right now."
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Nigerians have now reacted to his response, urging others to be mindful of what they post so as not to incite violence and hate.
Fola Ademosu said Nigerians need to stop spreading hate.
Another tweep said though he does not trust anyone in government, he agrees with Elliot.
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In other news, Nigerian comedian, Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY, reacted following backlash celebrities received over the death of #EndSARS protesters.
In a recent Instagram post, he shared a screenshot of his tweet talking about how celebs have continued to receive blames despite their contribution to the movement.
In the caption, he stated that it is an inappropriate response to blame celebrities for the death of people who were fighting for a better Nigeria. He also advised that people should remain focused and not be concerned with any 'orchestrated distractions.
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