The Department of State Security Services (DSS) has confirmed a plot to install an interim government in Nigeria and scuttle a handover to President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The DSS made this known in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Peter Afunanya on Wednesday, March 29, 2023.
This comes barely three days after the president elect alleged that the opposition parties are planning to truncate his swearing in on May 29, 2023.
The statement reads; “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria. The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis. The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”
“The planners, in their many meetings, have weighed various options, which include, among others, to sponsor endless violent mass protests in major cities to warrant a declaration of State of Emergency. Another is to obtain frivolous court injunctions to forestall the inauguration of new executive administrations and legislative houses at the Federal and State levels.”
“The DSS supports the President and Commander-in-Chief in his avowed commitment to a hitch-free handover and will assiduously work in this direction. It also supports the Presidential Transition Council and such other related bodies in the States. It will collaborate with them and sister security and law enforcement agencies to ensure seamless inaugurations come 29th May, 2023.”
“Consequently, the Service strongly warns those organising to thwart democracy in the country to retract from their devious schemes and orchestrations.”
“Stakeholders, notably judicial authorities, media and the Civil Society, are enjoined to be watchful and cautious to avoid being used as instruments to subvert peace and stability of the nation. While its monitoring continues, the DSS will not hesitate to take decisive and necessary legal steps against these misguided elements to frustrate their obnoxious intentions.”
Meanwhile, earlier, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari will not spend an extra day in office at the end of his tenure.
He stated this during the meeting of the Presidential Transition Committee on Tuesday, March 28, 2023.
Mustapha said despite litigations arising from the presidential elections, President Muhammadu Buhari won’t spend one more day as President after the expiration of his tenure.
He said efforts were being put in place to ensure that the transition is not truncated.
According to him: “President Muhammadu Buhari is not spending a day extra after May 29 to hand over power to whoever has been declared by INEC.
“The court processes will continue and we are doing everything to ensure that the transition process is not truncated; the federal government has issued a statement to that effect.
“The transition process is on course and all efforts are being made to ensure that it is smooth and on May 29, there will be a peaceful, formal transfer of power to the President-Elect.”