In a bid to maintain peace and harmony in Nigeria, the Department of State Services (DSS) has issued a stern warning to those engaging in illegitimate acts or inimical conduct that may disrupt public order
The DSS, through its spokesperson Peter Afunaya, expressed concern over the increasing prevalence of incendiary comments by influential figures and representatives of non-governmental entities, both within and outside the country.
The DSS firmly believes that such inflammatory statements can have adverse consequences, including destabilizing the nation and fostering animosities.
The DSS emphasizes the need for unity and constructive dialogue among citizens, especially after electoral contests have concluded.
It highlights that reckless rhetoric can lead to social unrest and instability, posing risks to the well-being and safety of citizens.
With the gubernatorial elections in Kogi, Imo, and Bayelsa States scheduled for 11th November 2023, the DSS urges key players and their supporters to strictly adhere to the electoral laws.
The aim is to prevent any actions that could undermine the electoral processes.
The DSS has collaborated with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), sister security agencies, and relevant non-governmental organizations to ensure the smooth conduct of these elections.
Stakeholders, regardless of their political affiliations or grievances, are encouraged to engage in respectful and constructive conversations that promote collective understanding.
The DSS stresses the importance of shifting public commentaries towards unity and peace, which are vital for national development and security.
The DSS encourages individuals and groups involved in election duties, including the media and civil society, to avoid actions that could incite sentiments and lead to a breakdown of law and order.
Broadcast and monitoring activities should be transparent and free from manipulations.
It is crucial to understand that politics should not be used as a tool to harm the country or any part of it.
The DSS makes it clear that individuals or groups engaging in illegitimate acts or conduct that disrupt public order will face decisive action in accordance with the law.
This serves as a preemptive warning against actions that could jeopardize the peace and security of the nation.