The Department of State Services (DSS) has revealed that it has identified some key players in a plot to form an interim government in Nigeria after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure ends on May 29th. The DSS confirmed the illegality of the plot, labeling it as an aberration that undermines civil rule and plunges the country into an avoidable crisis.
Dr. Peter Afunanya, the spokesperson for the DSS, revealed that the plotters are weighing several options, including sponsoring violent protests to warrant a declaration of a state of emergency, and obtaining frivolous court injunctions to forestall the inauguration of new executive administrations and legislative houses at the federal and state levels.
The DSS warned those involved to stop with their plans, stating that it supports the President’s commitment to a hitch-free handover and will collaborate with related bodies to ensure seamless inaugurations on May 29th, 2023. Dr. Afunanya cautioned stakeholders, particularly judicial authorities, media, and civil society, to be watchful and avoid being used as instruments to subvert peace and stability.
According to Dr. Afunanya, the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country, and the Service considers it a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine democracy. He urged the plotters to retract from their schemes and orchestrations and warned that the DSS would not hesitate to take decisive and necessary legal steps against misguided elements to frustrate their obnoxious intentions.
The DSS spokesperson further stated that the agency strongly supports the Presidential Transition Council and other related bodies in the states, and it will work assiduously with them and sister security and law enforcement agencies to ensure seamless inaugurations on May 29th. He concluded by saying that the DSS considers the plot totally unacceptable in a democracy and to peace-loving Nigerians.