The SSS has issued a strong warning on individuals whose trade in stock is to use the social media to spread untrue and unsubstantiated stories to distort Nigeria’s history with the sole aim of creating room for avoidable crisis and ethnic violence.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Spokesman of the State Security Service, Peter Afunaya, he said some unpatriotic, progress retarding individuals have been using the social media platforms to make unguarded statements that is capable of creating frictions among well meaning Nigerians.
According to him “these are reflected in the misleading statements and articles being circulated among unsuspecting members of the public. Such inciting materials oftentimes are designed to make or convey false accusations by one group against the other.
They also resort to skewing historical narratives to suit their objective of masterminding ethnic violence in the nation. So far, some of the culprits have been arrested,”.
He continued that the State Security Service is “determined to ensure that the tribal chauvinists and mischief makers do not continue to exploit sociopolitical differences and Internet platforms to threaten the peace and stability of the country.”
The service said regional and community elders should not only desist from making “unguarded statements” but also help shut down all ethnically-charged rhetoric by persons in their respective domains.