There is growing palpitation in the
Presidency and security circle over
alleged moves and utterances of key politicians believed to be nursing
presidential ambition in 2019, Urban Express
News online has learnt .
The development, a source at the
Department of State Security (DSS) revealed, is considered a huge problem
“because the country is likely to be on fire” if the unnamed politicians are
allowed to continue in the direction they are going.
With the way things are unfolding,
the source, who did not want his name mentioned, claimed both the State
Security Service and other security agencies now weigh politicians as being more
dangerous than Boko Haram.
He said: “What is giving security
agencies grey hairs is the ambition of some prominent politicians. They are
more dangerous than Boko Haram. They are sharpening their knives and taking
other dangerous steps because they want to be president, governor or senator.
It is a very serious matter; the
way to 2019 is already strewn with dangerous weapons. They want to set Nigeria
According to the source, the worry
over the activities of the politicians, who he said were being monitored,
stemmed from their huge influence, massive wealth and high network across the
He alleged politicians were making
incendiary and divisive utterances in private meetings, while they pretend to
be patriots in public outings.
“We are concerned because these
politicians say one thing in the public and another in private political
They want to set this country on
fire just because of their ambition,” the senior DSS official said.
He said “the media should all join
hands to stop these politicians from unleashing terror on the country in the
He, however, declined to reveal
what the security agents and the presidency were doing to checkmate the
politicians, but assured nobody would be allowed to “set our nation on fire
because of politics”.
The source said the challenge
facing security agents at the moment was how to address the security threat
posed by some Boko Haram members who fled Sambisa forest.
He disclosed that some of the
fleeing sect members have been nabbed and are currently in detention
“Our challenge is fleeing Boko
Haram members. We are arresting them and we will continue to be on their trail.
But it is a huge challenge for us at the moment.
“The good thing is Boko Haram is almost history now. We will handle the
current challenge effectively and efficiently because the new development is
not strange, it was expected. Security agencies are working together on this
and it is paying off.”
He hailed the activities of the
DSS, saying the agency’s exploits were getting accolades from the international
On herdsmen, the DSS source accused
politicians of politicising the issue.
He said some legislation on the
matter may worsen the situation and advised that caution must be applied by
Nigerians on the issue.