The Nigerian Presidency has cried out that some foreign interests in collaboration with “disgruntled religious and past political leaders” are plotting to “wreak havoc on the government, sovereignty and corporate existence of the country,” with the intention “to eventually throw the country into a tailspin, which would compel a forceful and undemocratic change of leadership.”
In a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity), the Presidency said further that part of the strategy of the plotters is to convene “some sort of conference, where a vote of no confidence would be passed on the President, thus throwing the land into further turmoil.”
The statement stressed that Nigerians have adopted democracy as their system of government and that the only way to change an elected government in a democracy is through elections, the next of which will hold in 2023, warning that any attempt to do anything to the contrary would be illegal, treasonable and “would attract the necessary consequences.”
Full text of the statement reads:
OUR RESPONSE TO DSS ALERT, BY PRESIDENCY
The Department of State Services (DSS), on Sunday alerted on sinister moves by misguided elements to wreak havoc on the government, sovereignty and corporate existence of the country.
Championed by some disgruntled religious and past political leaders, the intention is to eventually throw the country into a tailspin, which would compel a forceful and undemocratic change of leadership.
Further unimpeachable evidence shows that these disruptive elements are now recruiting the leadership of some ethnic groups and politicians round the country, with the intention of convening some sort of conference, where a vote of no confidence would be passed on the President, thus throwing the land into further turmoil.
The caterwauling, in recent times, by these elements, is to prepare the grounds adequately for their ignoble intentions, which are designed to cause further grief for the country.
The agent provocateurs hope to achieve through artifice and sleight of hands, what they failed to do through the ballot box in the 2019 elections.
Nigerians have opted for democratic rule, and the only accepted way to change a democratically elected government is through elections, which hold at prescribed times in the country. Any other way is patently illegal, and even treasonable. Of course, such would attract the necessary consequences.
These discredited individuals and groups are also in cahoots with external forces to cause maximum damage in their own country. But the Presidency, already vested with mandate and authority by Nigerians till 2023, pledges to keep the country together, even if some unruly feathers would be ruffled in the process.