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How did a successful actor turned politician become subject for social media memes?

Former Nollywood actor Desmond Elliot who is now an elected Lawmaker, representing Surulere in the Lagos State House of Assembly, has become a subject for public ridicule in recent times as Nigerians create funny memes to mock him.

The norm on social media now is that anything that happens, the youth on social media resort to the use of funny statements such as “na Desmond Elliot cause am,” and “I blame Desmond Elliot.”

From the look of things, it appears the once-promising youth politician has lost touch with the youth. His problems started after a certain Harvey Olufumilayo alleged on Twitter that, he supported other lawmakers in attempts to pass a bill to control social media.

At the peak of the Lekki protest, Harvey tweeted that, “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 start arresting anyone who tweets about it? What is wrong with us?”

Given the situation at the time, this allegation generated a widespread online hatred for the lawmaker with a considerable number of the youth posting all sorts of negative comments about him, expressing their ‘dissatisfaction.’

Desmond Elliot came out to deny this allegation stating that, “no State House of Assembly has the jurisdiction to pass any bill like this, it is not possible. It simply lies on the exclusive list on the federal level. You can’t. Every member has a right to say something but you can’t.” He added that Harvey’s claims were unfounded because he does not understand the proceedings.

Even though he denied this allegation, the harm was already caused. He became unpopular. Apart from this, there is one other factor which could possibly contribute to his problems. The lawmaker was also trolled heavily online after an image of him commissioning a wooden bridge emerged online. The critics tagged it as a display of mediocrity. In all, “I blame Desmond Elliot” and “na Desmond Elliot cause am” are still trending online.

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