by Azubuike Azikiwe
The Department of State Security has had its say about the comments of Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, where he urged Nigerian soldiers to protest not having sufficient equipment and arms to fight terrorism.
Amaechi had said: “The challenge of the Nigerian military is not funding but corruption. Now they want to kill some 50 officers for their own failure to equip them properly to fight terrorism. The soldiers have the right to protest for the federal government’s failure to fully equip them.”
The arm had initially responded with a caution to Amaechi, and now, the DSS has in a statement by its Deputy Director, Public Relations, Marilyn Ogar, on Monday, December 29, warned that it would not condone acts that are inimical to the general interest of the nation.
The statement reads: “Political office-holders must not hide under the privileges of their offices to perpetrate and encourage the commission of acts inimical to the general interest of this nation, as this will henceforth not be tolerated.”
“The attention of the Department of State Services has been drawn to inciting and unguarded statements and utterances by some politicians ahead of the 2015 general elections.”
“Of particular interest is the statement of a serving governor calling on men of the armed forces to rise up in protest against constituted authority, with the intent to undermine the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the statement added.
Furthermore, the DSS release said: “This statement therefore serves as the last warning to all those seeking to truncate the nation’s democracy by their careless and obviously mischievous utterances and actions to desist and retrace their steps immediately.”
“This Service and indeed all security agencies will not rest on their oars and are committed to the successful conduct of the 2015 general elections in Nigeria.”