The Department of State Services warns against utterances that is threatening the sovereignty of Nigeria by critics blaming President Muhammadu Buhari over his failure to address the rising security crisis in the country.
The DSS described President Buhari's critics as misguided elements.
The DSS spokesman, Dr Peter Afunanya reacting to the attacks on President Buhari by notable Nigerians over Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping, and banditry across the country, he said their main objective is to disintegrate Nigeria'
In a statement titled, “DSS supports indivisible, united Nigeria, warns against unsavoury, inciting utterances,’ the secret service said it has noted, “their desperation and penchant to collaborate with external forces and influences against Nigeria.
“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 a 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.”
Dr Afunanya noted that “even though democracy offers free speech, it does not give room to reckless pronouncements capable of undermining security.”
He advised individuals, particularly prominent personalities to be sensitive to the emerging situations and guard against divisive and inciting utterances that may cause a breakdown of law and order.
According to the statement, “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."
The DSS noted that they 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.”