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Published On: Tue, Nov 4th, 2014

We’ll resist any attempt to derail democracy, says NSA

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Mohammed Sambo Dasuki - NSABy Lawrence Olaoye

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) yesterday raised the alarm that there are plots by ‘some unpatriotic politicians’ to derail the nation’s democracy assuring of the readiness of the government to resist such attempt.

Dasuki, who lamented the constant bashing of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, alleged that the opposition is using some section of the media to realize their dreams.

He, however, urged the teaming youths to take advantage of the numerous employment generation opportunities being provided by the government “to avoid being used by unscrupulous politicians, especially at this period.”

The NSA warned of the preparedness of the authorities to deploy all means to deal with whosoever attempts to derail the nation’s democracy.

“There will never be sacred cows; hence every Nigerian must learn to live by the rule, and strife to be his/her neighbors’ keeper,” Dasuki stated.

The NSA, represented by the Director (Policy and Strategy) in his Office, Ambassador Layiwola Lasehinde, issued the warning during the opening ceremony of a two-day workshop on “Security consciousness and awareness for Reporters” in both print and electronic media organizations in Abuja and environs.

The event was organized by the Special Services Office in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

According to him, ahead of the 2015 elections, there was need for everybody to unite and forge a common front in the interest of the entire country and not in personal interest.

He commended the degree of support and encouragement in the fight against terrorism by many Nigerians which, he said, has engendered good result in the fight against all forms of insurgency including the menace of Boko Haram Islamic sect in the North-East.

While calling for unity and patriotism by the media to ensure peace and national development, the NSA assured Nigerians that the Federal Government was “committed to a free and fair elections.”

The government, he warned, will ensure that “political thuggery, assassinations, incisive, provocative and libelous publications would be decisively handled appropriately”.


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