The Department of State Services, DSS, has warned those it considers to be misguided elements who are endangering Nigeria’s stability and peaceful coexistence to stop.
The DSS’s spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, stated that the organisation would no longer tolerate those whose aim was to “throw the nation into chaos.”
“While the Service reaffirms its unambiguous support for an indivisible, indissoluble, and independent Nigerian State in compliance with the provisions of the Constitution, it can no longer accept deliberate machinations by subversive and hostile groups whose agenda is to plunge the country into chaos in order to serve the interests of their sponsors,” the DSS said in a statement.
As a result, the Service is collaborating with other intelligence and law enforcement agencies to ensure the country’s stability and internal security.”
Among those challenging the federal government and Nigeria’s unity, according to Afunanya, are “some religious and former political leaders who have either called for a forceful change of government or mass action against it.”
“It has been identified that the main goal of these is to cause the nation to disintegrate,” he said.
“It is unfortunate that those at the forefront of this are honourable people who should be patriotic and not let their personal ambitions destroy the nation. The Service has also acknowledged their desperation and proclivity to work with external powers and influences against Nigeria. They are reminded that, while democracy allows for free expression, it does not allow for irresponsible declarations capable of undermining protection. It is instructive to remember that in a democracy, the ballot box remains the vehicle of reform. “In this regard, self-centered individuals and groups are cautioned to refrain from participating in actions inimical to the peace and sovereignty of this country. In the same way, powerful people should be aware of evolving circumstances and avoid inflammatory and inciting remarks that might lead to a breakdown of law and order.”