The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned secessionist agitators and those calling for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari over insecurity in the country against making “inciting” statements.
It described the critics and secessionist agitators as misguided elements and accused them of threatening the government, sovereignty, and corporate existence of the country.
This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the DSS spokesman, Dr Peter Afunanya, titled, “DSS supports indivisible, united Nigeria, warns against unsavoury, inciting utterances”.
According to the statement, the secret service said self-centred individuals and groups should “stop engaging in acts inimical to the peace and sovereignty of this nation.”
The secret police stated, “The Department of State Services 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. The service has also noted their desperation and penchant to collaborate with external forces and influences against Nigeria.”
Afunanya reminded the individuals that “even though democracy offers free speech, it does not give room to reckless pronouncements capable of undermining security.”
The agency noted that the ballot box remained the vehicle of change in a democracy.