Lent, Ramadan: Avoid Crowded Gatherings, Remain Vigilant – DSS Tells Nigerians


The Department of State Services (DSS) has advised  the Christian and Muslim faithful  to avoid crowded gatherings and remain vigilant during the ongoing Lent and coming Ramadan seasons respectively.

In a statement by Peter Afunanya, Director, PR & Strategic Communications on Friday,  the DSS said Nigerians should remain vigilant against public dangers especially Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

It also said  the general public should stay informed about potential threats; avoid crowded or suspicious areas and report to relevant security agencies any strange objects, activities and movements of hostile elements even as it called for tolerance, bonds of brotherhood, dialogue and peaceful coexistence among the populace.

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The DSS said it recognises the significance of the sacred rites of lent and Ramadan and urged worshippers to promote understanding, compassion and respect for one another during and after the exercises.

It also appealed to stakeholders to refrain from economic exploitation, sabotage or profiteering during these important obligations. “This is more so that illegal practices such as price gouging or unethical marketing tactics are ungodly; violate fairness and can undermine the true essence of the holy events. As believers, it is incumbent upon us to uphold good standards and ensure that everyone can observe the religious duties with ease and dignity, it said.

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While encouraging clerics and religious leaders to uphold empathy as well as prioritise cooperation and conflict prevention beyond the periods under reference, it urged the  media to utilise their platforms to foster informed and accurate engagements that (can) enhance the achievement of national security objectives and interests.

The Service reiterated its commitment to providing strategic intelligence to other sister agencies in order to achieve a safe and secure country.


“As we undertake these spiritual journeys in the Lenten and Ramadan periods, let us remember to love and share the values that unite us. Let us reaffirm our commitment to the values of mercy, tolerance, forgiveness, being our brother’s keepers among others and by these, advance more inclusive and equitable society for us all,” the statement read.

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