DSS frowned against divisive comment, hate speeches by ethnic groups in Nigeria

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The caution is contained in a statement issued in FCT, Abuja on Sunday 18 June 2017 by Mr Tony Opuiyo, an operative of the service.

Nigeria unity is core and paramount to us all and the peace, law and order of Nigeria must not be compromised by any individual and ethnic group whatsoever.

The Department of State Services (DSS) has therefore made a bold caution note and warned all ethnic groups in the country against propaganda, misinformation, divisive comments and hate speeches, saying they are capable of causing disunity and breaking the cord peace and unity of Nigeria.

The warning is contained in a released statement issued in the FCT, Abuja on Sunday 18 June 2017 by Mr Tony Opuiyo, an officer /operative of the state service.

While briefing newsmen, T. Opuiyo categorically warned that the state service would stop at nothing to deal with any group found culpable in line with its mandate.

The DSS operative, has therefore, advised all those “charting the course of disunity among Nigerians to desist from their divisive actions.

“The service is also not oblivious of the efforts of some miscreants to ignite fear and cause ethnic tensions across the country,’’ he said.

Opuiyo stated that the service condemns in its entirety the issuance of a quit notice to anyone against their wishes.

The incident in the northern and eastern Nigeria was uncalled for, it will be recalled that sometimes in the month of June 2017, a coalition of Northern youth groups rose from a news conference in Kaduna where it issued an ultimatum for Igbo people, Easterner living in the North to leave before Oct. 1. 2017.

While the coalition in Eastern Nigeria also ordered people of Northern extraction living in the South Eastern part of the country to return to the North.

In response to the quit notice issued to the Igbo, Eastern Nigeria, a coalition of Niger Delta militants asked the Federal Government to return all oil blocks owned by northerners to oil producing communities.

“Such relocation order is not only illegal, but strongly viewed to be against the spirit of our constitution, which allows for freedom of movement and association, among other things.

“The service has already commenced detailed investigation to get the perpetrators of these hate campaigns as well as their sponsors.

“At the appropriate time all those involved in these condemnable acts will be unmasked and decisively dealt with in line with the laws of the land.’’

T. Opuiyo, urged citizens to come over to the state service or the nearest security agency to report any suspicious person propagating hate speeches and divisive comment.

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