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Reactions to DSS claims of ‘truncating democracy’

A recent statement by the Department of State Services (DSS) regarding some politicians allegedly plotting to destabilize the government has caused a lot of uproar in Nigeria.

In the statement titled “DSS CONFIRMS PLOT FOR INTERIM GOVERNMENT BY MISGUIDED POLITICAL ACTORS”, it claimed that these politicians are trying to truncate democracy, stop the swearing-in of the president-elect, Bola Tinubu and thus push for the installation of an interim government.

The statement raised questions about the motive behind the press release and the credibility of the DSS, while at the same time, creating a sense of fear among residents, as they are unsure of what could happen next.

Democracy is the foundation of any progressive society, and Nigeria is no exception.

Nigerians have fought hard for democracy, and it is our duty to protect it. We must unite against any attempt to undermine it, as it is the only way to ensure that the country progresses.

If democracy is undermined, it could have severe consequences for the country. It could lead to instability, insecurity, and a breakdown of law and order. It could also lead to a loss of faith in the government and the political system.

As Nigerians, it is not enough to mark June 12 as Democracy day, we must come together to protect our democracy. We must be vigilant and ensure that we do not fall prey to any divisive tactics. We must also ensure that we hold our leaders accountable for their actions.

Even when we disagree with one another, we need to acquire the skill of responding to problems and predicaments in a manner that is devoid of emotions and instead is founded on logic, reasoning, and compliance with the rule of law.

Post-election litigations

The controversy caused by the DSS revelation of a plot to install an interim government can be linked to the recent fallout from the just concluded elections in the country.

The February 25th election that saw the declaration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the winner of the presidential election has witnessed many litigations from aggrieved parties.

Some of the parties contesting the result in court are the Labour Party  (LP) presidential flag bearer Mr Peter Obi, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

Six states; Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, and Sokoto also took the federal government before the Supreme Court. They are all seeking the cancellation of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The presidency however has reaffirmed that the transition committee was working to ensure a seamless handover to the Tinubu/Shettima administration on May 29, 2003.

Writing by Chinasa Ossai, Editing by Saadatu Albashir