The Department of State Service has said those criticising President Muhammadu Buhari over his inability to tackle insecurity are after the disintegration of the country.
The DSS on a statement issued by its spokesperson Dr Peter Afunnaya on Sunday condemned those attacking the President, describing them as “misguided elements”.
Afunnaya accused the president’s critics of threatening the government, sovereignty, and corporate existence of the country, adding that the secret police has noted, “their desperation and penchant to collaborate with external forces and influences against Nigeria.”
“Notable are the unnecessary vituperations and activities of some religious and past political leaders who have either called for a forceful change of government or mass action against it.
“It has been established that the main objective for these is to cause a disintegration of the country.
“It is unfortunate that those in the forefront of this are respectable individuals who should be patriotic and not allow their personal ambitions to ruin the nation. The Service has also noted their desperation and penchant to collaborate with external forces and influences against Nigeria,” he said.
The spokesperson pointed out that “even though democracy offers free speech, it does not give room to reckless pronouncements capable of undermining security.”
The security agency emphasised that the ballot remain the only vehicle for change in a democracy and warned those he described as “self-centred individuals and groups” to stop engaging in acts inimical to the peace and sovereignty of the country.
“Recently, the Service invited and cautioned some persons who deniably recounted their earlier statements or said they were quoted out of context. The public should be wary of such individuals and their co-travellers who, incite them in the open but turn in the secret to retrieve their words after they had caused the damage,” the statement said.
While reaffirming its support to “an indivisible, indissoluble and united Nigerian State in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution,” the DSS said it will “no longer tolerate deliberate machinations by subversive and hostile groups whose agenda is to throw the country into anarchy so as to serve the interests of their sponsors.”
Notable Nigerians have been attacking President Buhari for his inability to tackle the deteriorating security challenges in the country as kidnapping, banditry, insurgency, and armed robbery continue to rise.
Recently, Catholic priest Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka who was a staunch supporter of Buhari made a U-turn and called for the president’s resignation or impeachment because of the worsening security situation in the country.