The Department Of States Services has revealed that a plan is underway by some unscrupulous elements to disrupt the Inauguration and handover ceremony in the country. According to the Service, these people are planning to undermine the efforts of the security and intelligence agencies and also cause panic among Nigerian citizens. The spokesperson of the service, Peter Afunanya said the citizens to adhere to the rules and regulations (protocols) for the events across Nigeria.
The statement reads in part, “It would be recalled that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Transition Council on May 18, 2023, held a World Press Conference during which he announced activities for the Presidential inauguration. The major highlight of the activities is the swearing-in of the President on May 29, 2023, in Abuja. On the same date, new Governors will also be inaugurated in most of the States.
The Service is, however, aware of plans by subversive elements to disrupt the programmers in parts of the country. The aim is to undermine security agencies’ efforts at ensuring peaceful ceremonies as well as creating panic and fear among members of the public.
Moreover, “They are also urged to shun fake news, false alarms, skewed reportage/narratives, and sensationalism that may likely inflame division, tension, and violence prior to and after the exercises. This is more so that such undesirable acts will serve no purpose other than destroying national unity and cohesion.
“Additionally, all unauthorized (and unaccredited) persons are warned to stay away from restricted and certain designated areas at the event venues.
The Service reiterates its earlier call for the populace to remain calm and law-abiding. Meanwhile, it will continue to sustain collaboration with sister agencies to ensure successful inaugurations.”