Nigeria: DSS Urges Organized Labor to Reconsider Nationwide Protest, Advocates Peaceful Resolution

Nigeria: DSS Urges Organized Labor to Reconsider Nationwide Protest, Advocates Peaceful Resolution

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

The Department of State Services (DSS) has appealed to the organized labor in Nigeria to reconsider its planned nationwide protest against the high cost of living and other pressing issues. The DSS, in a statement signed by its Director of Public Relations and Strategic Communications, Dr. Peter Afunanya, acknowledged the labor movement’s right to protest but urged them to shelve the plan in the interest of peace and public order.

The organized labor, aggrieved by the recent fuel subsidy removal by the government, has scheduled a two-day protest for February 27th and 28th, 2024. The DSS expressed concern that the protest could be exploited by certain elements to incite violence, which would exacerbate the already challenging socio-economic situation in the country.

The DSS emphasized the importance of dialogue and negotiation between the government and the labor movement, rather than resorting to actions that could escalate tensions. It also urged citizens to recognize that peaceful resolutions are more sustainable and that resorting to violence would only lead to further casualties and exacerbate the situation.

Parents and guardians were called upon to guide their children and wards away from activities that could endanger public safety and harmony. Additionally, all sectors of society, including political parties, religious and traditional institutions, civil society, and non-governmental organizations, were urged to refrain from violence and demonstrate leadership during these challenging times.

The DSS reiterated its opposition to violence as a means of resolving economic, political, or other challenges, and committed to working with other security and law enforcement agencies to ensure lasting peace in the country.

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