By Eric Elezuo
The Presidency has alleged that some ‘misguided elements’ in the polity are plotting a change of government in the country different from the conventional ballot box, following a security alert from the Department of State Service (DSS) on Sunday
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, and titled Our Response to DSS Alert – Our Response, the Presidency blamed ‘some disgruntled religious and past political leaders’ for attempting to ‘compel a forceful and undemocratic change of leadership’.
He reminded the ‘agent provocateurs’, who he also referred to as discredited individuals that any attempt to bring about a change of government will attract necessary consequences.
Below is the detailed statement:
OUR RESPONSE TO DSS ALERT – BY PRESIDENCY
The Department of State Services (DSS), on Sunday alerted on sinister moves by misguided elements to wreak havoc on the government, sovereignty and corporate existence of the country.
Championed by some disgruntled religious and past political leaders, the intention is to eventually throw the country into a tailspin, which would compel a forceful and undemocratic change of leadership.
Further unimpeachable evidence shows that these disruptive elements are now recruiting the leadership of some ethnic groups and politicians round the country, with the intention of convening some sort of conference, where a vote of no confidence would be passed on the President, thus throwing the land into further turmoil.
The caterwauling, in recent times, by these elements, is to prepare the grounds adequately for their ignoble intentions, which are designed to cause further grief for the country.
The agent provocateurs hope to achieve through artifice and sleight of hands, what they failed to do through the ballot box in the 2019 elections.
Nigerians have opted for democratic rule, and the only accepted way to change a democratically elected government is through elections, which hold at prescribed times in the country. Any other way is patently illegal, and even treasonable. Of course, such would attract the necessary consequences.
These discredited individuals and groups are also in cahoots with external forces to cause maximum damage in their own country. But the Presidency, already vested with mandate and authority by Nigerians till 2023, pledges to keep the country together, even if some unruly feathers would be ruffled in the process.