Georgina Onuoha, a Nigerian actress, says she lost the respect she once had for Desmond Elliot, an actor-turned-politician, over his comments about the youth and their usage of social media.
On Thursday, a video surfaced where Elliot spoke of the violent aftermath of the #EndSARS protests at the Lagos state house of assembly.
He called the youth reacting hysterically to the October 20 Lekki shooting “children” while justifying the regulation of social media.
Amid claims he pushed for a bill to regulate social media, Elliot’s comments had provoked some Nigerians on Twitter, including prominent entertainers, who took to the platform to pour out their anger at the politician.
Joining the fray, Onuoha took to her Instagram page to express her disappointment at the politician, saying he has now lost his sense of belonging since he started eating from the “table of corruption”.
In the lengthy post, she spoke on how Elliot rose from “grass to grace” with the help of the youth whom he now describes as ”children”.
She also reminded the actor of their school days at Lagos State University (LASU) when she used to give him transport money to get a bus home.
“Power does corrupt indeed. What are you talking @desmondelliot? You are not making a damn sense Shola? Because you now eat from the table of corruption, you’ve all of a sudden lost your sense of belonging?,” she asked.
“I’ve always believed that power corrupts, but I held hope high for you and could swear for your character as a man and as a person. Apparently, you are now at a place of convenience, you now think you have the audacity to talk down on the fingers that fed you and the people whose wings propelled you to where you are today?
“Not too long ago at Lagos State University, people like me were giving you transport money to catch a ride home. You forgot where you come from. Pele politician. Youths are waiting for you come next election. Oniranu jatijati.
“I expected this same level of passionate speech when the youths were being killed at Lekki tollgate. I’ve not seen your speech condemning the Nigerian Army or your Governor who lied about it!
“Just yesterday you were a nobody that everybody believed would make a change by advocating for the youths and less privileged because we all come/came from nothing to become who we are today but you’ve forgotten that.
“I’ve truly lost every atom of respect and love I have for you. What happened to you? I’m waiting for your passion regarding the untold hunger amongst Lagosians and the high unemployment amongst our youth?
“You feel differently now because you don’t know what it’s like again to go to bed hungry with zero hopes for tomorrow? Where is your outrage addressing Mr. Speaker in your parliament?? Have you forgotten Desmond?
“Don’t betray who you’re and your conscience. Power is momentary. Don’t lose your soul. You truly disappoint me.”
Amid the backlash, Elliot had tendered an apology, saying he didn’t mean to be “insensitive” with his comment.
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