- The mounting insecurity in the country has largely been blamed on security agencies
- The DSS, however, says only the security agencies can't be blamed for the current situation
- The director-general of the DSS says citizens have a major role to play in ensuring that insecurity is reduced to the barest minimum
The Department of State Services (DSS) has said that government and security agencies alone cannot tackle insecurity in the country without the support of the citizens, especially on intelligence gathering.
Daily Trust quoted the director-general of the agency, Yusuf Bichi, making the comment on Saturday, December 12, in Abuja at an event.
According to the report, the DSS boss who was represented by the service spokesman, Peter Afunanya, urged Nigerians to support the security agencies to rid the country of all forms of criminality, rather than point accusing fingers at them.
“Security is no longer for government and security agencies, there is a need for collaborative efforts and partnership.You continue to stay in your comfort zone and continue to blame security agencies for all, but the information that the security agencies need have you brought it?
“All those bad people are part of our communities, they live in our neighbourhood, if you know one, tell the security agencies about them.”
Some Nigerians have been commenting on the stance of the DSS via social media.
Solomon Apenja wrote:
“The salary Nigeria pays them is to gather information. They are paid to infiltrate terrorist camps undercover to get info. Nigerians are not obligated to do their job for them. If they spent as much energy on doing their job as they spend on haranguing citizens, they'll succeed.”
Jack Essien wrote:
“Give information to security agents in Nigeria and die the next day. Criminals work in partnership with the so-called security agents. Stop fooling!”
Bassey Oduma wrote:
“So DSS is now soliciting information from the public, without which insecurity can't be tamed. This failure of a thing is so infectious, spreading from the head to every government agency!”
Sadiq Ibrahim wrote:
“They should be special numbers available to reach out to the agencies and they should be someone assigned to pick calls from the whole department.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigerian elites are responsible for what Nigeria is and what it can become.
The president made the comment on Saturday, December 12, adding that the fast-growing young and dynamic population of the country, feels alienated and disempowered, hence they become a threat to national stability.
In a related development, the presidency has issued a stern warning to individuals, groups giving specific timelines for President Buhari to do one thing or another or else Nigeria will break up.
Mallam Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, in a statement on Friday, December 11, described the outbursts as unpatriotic, adding that they were unwarranted.
According to the media aide, the Buhari-led government will not succumb to threats and take any decision out of pressure at a time when Nigeria’s full attention is needed to deal with security challenges and the COVID-19 health crisis.
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