Nigeria’s Department of State Services (DSS) has accused some religious and past political leaders of threatening the West African country’s unity.
While the secret police did not name any of the leaders involved in the threat to Nigeria unity, the service, however, observed that these categories of leaders have either called for a forceful change of government or mass action against it.
DSS Spokesman, Peter Afunanya noted that henceforth, the service will no longer tolerate those whose aim is to “throw the country into anarchy” and warned “misguided elements” to desist from doing so.
“Among those threatening the federal government and Nigeria’s unity are some religious and past political leaders who have either called for a forceful change of government or mass action against it,” the DSS spokesman said in a statement.
He continued: “It has been established that the main objective for these is to cause a disintegration of the country.
“It is unfortunate that those in the forefront of this are respectable individuals who should be patriotic and not allow their personal ambitions to ruin the nation. The Service has also noted their desperation and penchant to collaborate with external forces and influences against Nigeria.”
“They are reminded that even though democracy offers free speech, it does not give room to reckless pronouncements capable of undermining security. It is instructive to note that the ballot box remains the vehicle of change in a democracy.
“In this regard, self-centred individuals and groups are warned to stop engaging in acts inimical to the peace and sovereignty of this nation. In the same manner, influential personalities should be sensitive to emerging situations and guard against divisive and inciting utterances that may cause a breakdown of law and order.
“While the Service reaffirms its unambiguous support to an indivisible, indissoluble and united Nigerian State in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, it will no longer tolerate deliberate machinations by subversive and hostile groups whose agenda is to throw the country into anarchy so as to serve the interests of their sponsors.
“Consequently, the Servcie is assiduously working with other security and law enforcement agencies to ensure the maintenance of peace and internal security of the country.”
By Abel Ejikeme