The Department of State Services, DSS on Sunday warned the members of the public against further making unguarded utterances that are inimical to the unity of Nigeria as a nation.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the spokesperson of DSS, Dr Peter Afunanya.
The DSS condemned what it described as “the unsavoury statements by misguided elements who have continued to threaten the government, sovereignty and corporate existence of the country.”
According to it, “notable are the unnecessary vituperations and activities of some religious and past political leaders who have either called for a forceful change of government or mass action against it.”
The Services declared that “it has been established that the main objective for these is to cause a disintegration of the country.”
It lamented that it was “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.”
According to it,”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.”
Consequently, the DSS warned those it described as “self-centred individuals and groups” to stop engaging in acts inimical to the peace and sovereignty of the country.
It also advised “influential personalities” to be sensitive to the emerging situations and guard against divisive and inciting utterances that may cause a breakdown of law and order.
It recalled that recently, the DSS invited and cautioned some persons who deniably recounted their earlier statements or said they were quoted out of context.
The Services advised the members of the public to 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.
While the Service reaffirmed its unambiguous support to an indivisible, indissoluble, and united Nigerian State in accordance with the provisions of the constitution, it warmed that it would no longer tolerate deliberate machinations by subversive and hostile groups whose agenda was to throw the country into anarchy so as to serve the interests of their sponsors.
It made clear that it was assiduously working with other security and law enforcement agencies to ensure the maintenance of peace and internal security of the country.