By Ejike Ejike, Abuja
The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned highly placed individuals in the society against inciting statements and utterances which can cause disunity or forceful change of government.
DSS spokesperson, Dr Peter Afunanya, said recently, some unmentioned individuals were invited and drilled on their inciting statements which he said were quoted out of contest.
He also noted that the Service would 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.
According to him, “The DSS hereby condemns the unsavoury statements by misguided elements who have continued to threaten the government, sovereignty and corporate existence of this country.
“Notable are the unnecessary vituperations and activities of some religious and past political leaders who have either called for forceful change of government or mass action against it.
“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.”
He further said, “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.”
While causation some influential Nigerians against inciting statements, the DSS spokesperson said, “In the same manner, influential personalities should be sensitive to the emerging situations and guard against divisive and inciting utterances that may cause a breakdown of law and order.
“ Recently, the Service invited and cautioned some persons who deniably recounted their earlier statements or said they were quoted out of context.
“The public should be wary of such individuals and their co-travellers who, incite them in the open but, turn in the secret to retrieve their words after they had caused the damage.”