The Department of State Services (DSS) has expressed concern over the increasing use of inflammatory statements by influential individuals and representatives of non-governmental organizations both within and outside the country. In a statement issued by its Director of Public Relations and Strategic Communications, Peter Afunanya, the DSS emphasized that such comments are detrimental to public peace and harmony. The agency is alarmed that the use of harsh language by certain personalities could exacerbate political tensions and create deep-seated divisions among the populace....Click Here To Continue Reading>>
The DSS highlighted the damaging impact such actions could have on the country, domestically and internationally, urging citizens to avoid demarketing or subverting the nation through misleading or false narratives.
The agency stressed that reckless rhetorics have the potential to incite social unrest and instability, posing risks to the country’s well-being and the safety of its citizens.
Additionally, the DSS called for adherence to the rules of engagement and electoral laws, specifically in Kogi, Imo, and Bayelsa States, during the gubernatorial elections on November 11, 2023.
It emphasized the need for public commentaries to shift toward unity and peace, critical for national development and security.
The DSS advised individuals on election duties, including the media and civil society, to avoid actions that may incite sentiments or lead to a breakdown of law and order.
”Those on election duties, including the media and civil society, are encouraged to avoid things that will inflame sentiments and cause a breakdown of law and order.
”Broadcast and monitoring activities should be devoid of manipulations. Stakeholders are enjoined to note that politics should not be used to destroy the country or any part of it.
”However, individuals or groups that may decide to engage in illegitimate acts or inimical conducts to public order will be decisively dealt with as dictated by the law. Forewarned is forearmed.
”Consequently, citizens are encouraged to be patriotic as well as recognize that our loyalty and love to the nation should transcend individual or parochial interests.
”Everyone is called upon to eschew bitterness and promote dialogue that contributes to the progress of the nation. Together, we can build a stronger and more secure future for our beloved country,” the DSS said.