DSS Operatives. PHOTO CREDIT: Google

The Department of State Services has urged Nigerians to remain vigilant throughout the Easter celebration.

The service equally advised citizens to report attempts by criminals to perpetrate crime during the celebration.

The Director, PR and Strategic Communications, Department of State Services, Peter Afunanya, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

The statement read, “Consequent upon these, everyone is urged to be vigilant and report attempts to breach security to relevant law enforcement agencies. The DSS website www.dss.gov.ng; email address- dsspr@dss.gov.ng and telephone lines +234915 339 1309; +234 908 837 3514 remain relevant for public guidance.”

Afunanya advised Christians in the country to stay away from illicit drugs, and excessive intake of alcohol among others.

He said, “Similarly, celebrants are advised to restrain from such behaviors as illicit drugs, excessive alcoholism as well as reject all forms of bigotry and other social vices during the ceremony. They are, therefore, implored to renew their commitment to the peace, unity of Nigeria and work towards her inclusiveness. ”

He, however, urged Christians to learn from Jesus Christ and apply his attitude in their daily affairs.

Afunanya said, “The Director General, Management and Staff of the Department of State Services wish to felicitate the Christian faithful on the celebration of Easter. It also uses this opportunity to call on Nigerians to draw lessons from the forbearance and humility of Jesus Christ and apply the same in their daily affairs.

“The Service reminds them to use the event which illustrates sacrifice and forgiveness to refocus their love for one another, the nation and humanity at large. On this note, citizens are encouraged to adopt self-control, discipline and compassion in their dealings and conducts. The Service enjoin them to eschew bitterness, disloyalty, fake news, hate speech and violence.”

The PUNCH reports that the DSS had on March 8, 2024, urged the citizens to be vigilant against public dangers, especially Improvised Explosive Devices.

The service also urged Nigerians to steer clear of crowded or suspicious areas.