The Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed reports of a plot by certain political actors to establish an Interim Government in Nigeria.
The agency in a press release signed by its Public Relations Officers, Peter Afunanya PhD fsi and dated March, 29 said it has identify several key players involved in the plot and considers it a dangerous attempt to undermine civil rule, disregard the constitution, and destabilize the country.
The DSS urged the individuals involved to abandon their plans and allow for a peaceful transition of power in accordance with the democratic process.
According to the DSS, the plotters have considered various options, including sponsoring violent protests to provoke a declaration of a State of Emergency and obtaining frivolous court injunctions to prevent the inauguration of new administrations and legislative houses at both the federal and state levels.
The DSS stated that they’re committed to President Buhari to ensure seamless inaugurations on May 29, 2023.
The DSS also warned those involved in the plot to withdraw from their activities and cease their efforts to subvert democracy in the country.
They however agency called on stakeholders, including the judiciary, media, and civil society, to remain vigilant and cautious and to refrain from being used as instruments to undermine the stability of the nation.
The agency assured the public that it will continue to monitor the situation and will take decisive legal action against any individuals or groups found to be involved in the plot to undermine the democratic process in Nigeria.
They urged Nigerians to remain calm and united in the face of the threat to democracy and solicited support for President Buhari’s government to ensure a peaceful transition of power in May.
DSS Warns Against Interim Government.
The press release reads in full,
DSS CONFIRMS PLOT FOR INTERIM GOVERNMENT BY MISGUIDED POLITICAL ACTORS
The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.
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.
This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.
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.
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.
Consequently, the Service strongly warns those organising to thwart democracy in the country to retract from their devious schemes and orchestrations.
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.
Peter Afunanya PhD fsi
Public Relations Officer
Department of State Services
29th March, 2023