The Department of State Services (DSS) has issued a stern warning to electorates, politicians, and influential individuals ahead of the off-cycle governorship elections in Kogi, Imo, and Bayelsa State.
The security agency has cautioned against engaging in unlawful activities or disruptive behavior that could threaten public order.
Consequences for Violators
The DSS has made it clear that anyone caught violating the law will face severe consequences in accordance with legal provisions.
The agency aims to maintain peace and order during the electoral processes and has urged key participants and their supporters to adhere to established rules.
Inflammatory Remarks Raise Concerns
Expressing concern over the increasing prevalence of inflammatory remarks by influential figures and NGOs, the DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunaya, emphasized the need for responsible communication.
Inflammatory statements not only intensify political tensions but also create long-lasting hostilities, impacting the nation’s interests.
Against Public Peace and Harmony
The DSS stressed that harsh and critical statements are detrimental to public peace and harmony. Citizens, whether residing domestically or internationally, spreading inaccurate and deceitful stories that undermine the nation’s reputation pose a threat to the well-being and safety of its citizens.
Call for Constructive Conversations
With the elections legally over, the DSS implores stakeholders to engage in respectful and constructive conversations that promote collective understanding.
The agency encourages unity and peace as priorities for national development and security.
The DSS has collaborated with INEC, sister security agencies, and NGOs to ensure hitch-free elections in Kogi, Imo, and Bayelsa States.
Those on election duties, including the media and civil society, are urged to avoid activities that could inflame sentiments and cause a breakdown of law and order.
Citizens are called upon to be patriotic, recognizing that loyalty and love for the nation should transcend individual interests.
The DSS emphasizes that engaging in illegitimate acts or conduct detrimental to public order will be decisively dealt with according to the law. The message is clear: forewarned is forearmed.
Together, the DSS encourages citizens to eschew bitterness and promote dialogue for the progress and security of the nation.