The Department of State Services (DSS) has said it will no longer tolerate persons it described as ‘misguided elements’ who are inciting anarchy with their utterances.
The warning was issued in a statement by Peter Afunanya, the Public Relations Officer of the DSS, on Sunday.
According to the intelligence service, 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 is inimical to the safety of the country.
The secret police said such statements create instability through comments that threaten the sovereignty and corporate existence of the nation.
The statement read: “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 at 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.”
The DSS reminded every Nigerian that although democracy offers free speech, “it does not give room to reckless pronouncements capable of undermining security”, adding that the ballot box remains the vehicle of change in a democracy.
It warned such persons and groups to desist from making divisive and inciting utterances that may cause a breakdown of law and order, noting that it is working with other law enforcement agencies to maintain peace and forestall anarchy.
“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.
“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,” the statement read.