DSS Warns On Inciting, Divisive And Unguarded Statements

marilyn_OgarThe Department of State Service (DSS) on Tuesday warned against inciting, unguarded and divisive statements by some Nigerians.

In a statement released by the Deputy Director, Public Relations Marilyn Ogar, the Service said “Its attention has been drawn to certain unguarded, inciting and divisive statements by some persons.

“We want to warn those stoking these embers of violence and disunity to desist, as this will not be tolerated. We should all strive to strengthen our nascent democracy as we work towards building a better Nigeria.

”We want to also seize this opportunity to thank all Nigerians for their peaceful conduct during the Presidential election and urge them to shun all forms of violence before, during and after the Governorship and State Houses of Assembly election which will take place this weekend 11th April, 2015”, Ms Ogar said.

The Service also called “on all citizens to turnout and exercise their civic responsibility without fear as adequate security has been emplaced to ensure their safety”.

This statement is coming barely 48 hours after a statement credited to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, was said to have threatened the existence of Igbos in Lagos State.

However, the royal father, who in a statement tried to clear the air on the issue, restated his commitment to ensuring the peaceful coexistence of all residents of Lagos State irrespective of tribe, religion or political persuasion.

Group Urge Nigerians To Shun Violence During Election

electionNigerians have been urged to consolidate on the democratic gains and minimise democratic losses through zero level tolerance to rigging and violence during the general elections.

At a gathering of members of the Alumni Association of National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies for the 35th Annual General Meeting in Kuru, Plateau State north-central Nigeria several decisions on the association and the state of the nation were taken.

Members of the Alumni Association of National Institute at the Annual General Meeting in Jos also stressed the need for the electoral body to sit up and ensure credible, free and fair elections.

The enjoined Nigerians to cooperate with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the success of the elections by going out to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) if they were yet to do so.

The President of the association Major General Lawrence Onoja (Rtd), while commenting on the state of the nation observed that the postponement of the elections had helped to ensure more distributions of the PVC, hence the need for Nigerians to cooperate with the electoral body.

The military renewed war against insurgency in the north-east particularly the recapture of major towns of Yobe and Adamawa States attracted comments from the association officials.

Highlight of the Annual General Meeting was the launching of the association quarterly magazine and the almanac as well as the election of new officers in which Major General Onoja and members of the executive committee were returned for another two year term in office.