DSS Cautions Nigerians Against Potential Threats, Urges Vigilance During Lent and Ramadan

Department of State Services Emphasizes Peaceful Coexistence and Security Awareness Amidst Religious Observances

In a cautionary message issued on Friday, the Department of State Services (DSS) urged Nigerians nationwide to remain vigilant and avoid crowded or suspicious locations to mitigate potential threats, particularly those related to Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

The secret police, extending its felicitations to both Christian and Muslim faithful as they observe the Lent and upcoming Ramadan seasons respectively, emphasized the importance of maintaining a peaceful environment amidst these religious obligations.

Peter Afunanya, the spokesperson for the secret police, highlighted the need for caution among clerics from both religions, traditional rulers, and other stakeholders, advising against economic exploitation, sabotage, or profiteering during these significant periods.

Afunanya stressed, “Residents are advised to remain vigilant against public dangers especially Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs),” while urging the public to report any suspicious activities, objects, or movements to relevant security agencies.

Recognizing the significance of these sacred rites, the DSS underscored the importance of promoting understanding, compassion, and respect among worshippers during and after the religious exercises.

Afunanya reiterated, “The Service encourages clerics and religious leaders to uphold empathy as well as prioritize cooperation and conflict prevention beyond the periods under reference.”

Furthermore, the DSS urged the media to foster informed and accurate engagements that can enhance national security objectives and interests, while also emphasizing the importance of tolerance, brotherhood, dialogue, and peaceful coexistence among the populace.

The message concluded with a reaffirmation of the DSS’s commitment to providing strategic intelligence to sister agencies to ensure a safe and secure country. As Nigerians embark on spiritual journeys during the Lenten and Ramadan periods, the DSS urged them to embrace values of mercy, tolerance, forgiveness, and solidarity to foster a more inclusive and equitable society.

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