The Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed the reported plot by some political elements to sell the idea of an interim government rather than for President Muhammadu Buhari handover to the president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
This was confirmed in a statement issued by
Public Relations Officer
Department of State Services, Peter Afunanya on Wednesday
Afunanya stated, “The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis”
The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians.
The Service said part of the plan of these perpetrators is to sponsor violence and mass protest in major cities of the country so that a state of emergency can be declared.
“The planners, in their many meetings, have weighed various options, which include, among others, to sponsor endless violent mass protests in major cities to warrant a declaration of State of Emergency.”
” Another is to obtain frivolous court injunctions to forestall the inauguration of new executive administrations and legislative houses at the Federal and State levels”
Afunanya said the DSS supports the President and Commander-in-Chief in his avowed commitment to a hitch-free handover and will assiduously work in this direction. It also supports the Presidential Transition Council and such other related bodies in the States.
“It will collaborate with them and sister security and law enforcement agencies to ensure seamless inaugurations come 29th May, 2023”
Afunanya further warned
The organizers to desist from the act and also encouraged the public and media to be watchful and avoid being used to cause unrest in the country.
“Consequently, the Service strongly warns those organising to thwart democracy in the country to retract from their devious schemes and orchestration Stakeholders, notably judicial authorities, media and the Civil Society, are enjoined to be watchful and cautious to avoid being used as instruments to subvert peace and stability of the nation”
“While its monitoring continues, the DSS will not hesitate to take decisive and necessary legal steps against these misguided elements to frustrate their obnoxious intentions”