2023 Election:DSS warns against hate speech, violence, thuggery

Zakaa Lazarus, Abuja

The Department of State Services, DSS on Wednesday warned the general against hate speeches, fake news, and any act that is capable to breach peace in the country.

The Service also sought  partnership with the media to help combat crime and violence in the nation

Addressing newsmen in Abuja Dr. Peter Afunnaya, spokesperson of the DSS, urged media personnel to set the right agenda by ensuring the dissemination of peaceful and positive information.

“We are engaging stakeholders to help shun violence as election approaches. We are engaging the media because you are the gate keepers and whatever you put out there is what the public consumes.

“The print media, broadcast, online platforms and bloggers are all tools for National building. Peace is very critical or the wellbeing of our nation, therefore let’s shun violence and ethnicity, let’s preach religious tolerance in the message we pass out” he said.

Afunnaya also urged  Nigerians to be responsible in ensuring the peace of the Nation is not jeopardized.

“Nigerians, Elections are here again let us shun violence, let us play the game according to the rules. Do not be a thug, say no to violence, let’s rise and defeat violence, crime and sabotage against the peace of our Nation. Nigeria is the only country we have, we must do everything to keep it united.

“We must avoid any act that promotes hate and disintegration. Say no to separatist movement, terrorism, fake news, hate speech, religious bigotry and any act that tends to divide us as a nation,” Afunnaya said.

“Watch out for strange gatherings, suspicious movements. Restrict access to sensitive documents and data, the disclosure of which may damage National Security. Educate your staff and family particularly on measures to safeguard information and report security breaches. Apply relevant legal security guidelines to protect yourselves and your neighbours,” he further said.

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