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Shelve protest, embrace dialogue, DSS warns organised labour

The DSS highlighted the nefarious intentions of certain elements seeking to exploit the protests to sow discord and instigate crisis, a move that would undoubtedly exacerbate the already precarious socio-economic situation across the country.

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The Department of State Services (DSS) has issued a stern warning to sections of organised labour planning to stage protests on February 27, cautioning them against plunging the nation into chaos in pursuit of sundry economic grievances.

In a strongly worded statement, signed by its Director, PR and Strategic Communications, Dr. Peter Afunanya, and made available to newsmen on Wednesday, the DSS acknowledged the legitimate rights of the labour movement but emphasised the paramount importance of peace and public order.

The agency urged organized labour to shelve their protest plans and opt for dialogue and negotiation instead of actions that could escalate tensions and pave the way for widespread violence.

The DSS highlighted the nefarious intentions of certain elements seeking to exploit the protests to sow discord and instigate crisis, a move that would undoubtedly exacerbate the already precarious socio-economic situation across the country.

It is imperative, the DSS asserts, to give the government the benefit of the doubt as it endeavours to address the prevailing economic challenges through concerted efforts and stakeholder engagements.

“In this vein, citizens are encouraged to recognise that what remains unsolved in peacetime will not be attained in wartime. The timeless piece of the esteemed poet JP Clark, “The Casualties,” is a resonating reminder to us of the possible dangers of escalated conflicts. In times of trouble, everyone will be a casualty.”

The agency underscores the timeless wisdom that peace, not war, is the pathway to resolving grievances, invoking the profound words of the esteemed poet, JP Clark, as a poignant reminder of the perils of escalated conflicts.

Moreover, the DSS underscored the global ramifications of internal instability, cautioning against actions that could jeopardize the nation’s unity and cohesion.

“Parents, guardians, political parties, religious and traditional institutions, civil society organizations, and all stakeholders are called upon to uphold peace and eschew violence, demonstrating leadership and statesmanship in the face of adversity.

“The DSS categorically opposes violence as a means of redress for economic or political grievances and pledges to collaborate with sister security agencies to safeguard national peace and stability.”

The agency reiterated its unequivocal stance against any form of destabilizing activity and urged all Nigerians to remain vigilant against divisive forces seeking to disrupt the peace and harmony of the nation.

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