The Department of State Services (DSS) has appealed to Nigerians to stop celebrating death of security operatives killed in frontline battle by insurgents.
Director General of the organisation, Yusuf Bichi, made the appeal at the 2020 International Youth Day celebration organised by the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) in Abuja.
The event had “Youth Engagement for Global Action: Together Building a New Nigeria Economy Post COVID-19” as its theme.
The DSS boss urged Nigerians to learn to support security operatives defending the sovereignty and integrity of the nation, rather than lash them for not living up to individual expectations.
Bichi, who was represented by spokesperson of the agency, Peter Afunaya, said efforts of security agencies in building peace and stability in Southern Kaduna had helped in controlling the killings and destruction of properties in affected communities in the state.
According to him, the DSS like every other security agency, was concerned with ensuring citizens engaged in legitimate businesses, live in a peaceful environment to pursue their dreams and ambitions.
He said: “It is not good that our youths, our mothers, the entire citizens will continue to condemn security agencies.
“They are doing so much; they keep awake when you are asleep, they are in the rains, they are in the sun.
“Some one that is killed in Borno or elsewhere is the father of someone, he is a husband of a wife and an uncle to someone.
“So you do not celebrate over the death of someone because you think they are not doing so much. They are and in very challenging conditions.
“We work in very precarious situations and what we need is the support of Nigerians, we need your prayers, we need information from you so that in every conflict, all parties are concerned, every party goes on defense, and all parties try to win.”