By Aisha Adesanya
The Department of State Services, DSS has issued a strong caution against inflammatory statements and called for peace during the upcoming gubernatorial elections in Kogi, Imo, and Bayelsa States.
In a statement in Abuja, the DSS expresses concern over the increasing incidence of incendiary comments by influential individuals and representatives of non-governmental organizations, both within and outside the country.
It notes that these incendiary statements have the potential to disrupt public peace and harmony and could lead to animosity and divisions among the populace.
The DSS warns, that such rhetorics, can harm the country’s reputation and stability, both domestically and internationally and also escalate into social unrest and instability, putting the well-being and safety of citizens at risk.
The DSS emphasizes that the elections and associated contentions should be resolved peacefully, to enable the nation move forward in its quest for unity and development.
The Department of State Services also urges key political players and their supporters in Kogi, Imo, and Bayelsa States to adhere to the rules of engagement, particularly the electoral laws, during the gubernatorial elections scheduled for November 11, 2023.
The Service implores all stakeholders, regardless of their political affiliations or grievances, to engage in respectful and constructive conversations that will promote peace and understanding.
It reiterates the need for public commentaries to focus on unity and peace, which are vital for national development and security.
Citizens are encouraged to demonstrate patriotism and recognize that loyalty and love for the nation should transcend individual or parochial interests.
The DSS warns that individuals or groups engaging in illegitimate acts or conduct detrimental to public order would be dealt with decisively in accordance with the law.
Written by: Kevin Nwabueze